This morning Chris Schwarz was kind enough to mention my web site on his blog. Chris warned me ahead of time so I had some time to prepare, but I wasn’t expecting this level of response! I left the house this morning, right after Chris published his entry, headed to my daughter’s Pre-K “Thanksgiving Feast” at school. I returned, full of good food and with one tired kid, to find more than 50 email messages waiting for me. I’m just responding to them now, processing them in the order they were received. If you haven’t heard from me yet, you will. I appreciate your patience!
Today I added a bunch of new old tools to my For Sale page including several good usable Stanley bench planes, a Disston thumbhole rip saw, and a huge Millers Falls Langdon Acme mitre box. As always, please contact me if you have and questions about the tools I have for sale.
I usually attend auctions to find good tools to restore and resell. Once in a while I find a tool I just have to keep. Besides saws, I also have a “thing” for crisp molding planes, especially British planes. When I found this plane at a local auction I knew right away it was a keeper.
This is a J. Buck, London quirk ogee in a really uncommon small 3/8 in. size. Buck made some of the highest quality molding planes in my opinion. The overall execution and attention to detail on this plane is amazing. It’s also as crisp as the day it was made. Aside for the MAX OTT owner’s mark there is barely a scratch on it. It was clearly used very little, if at all.
Today I added fifteen “new” old tools to my For Sale page today including some good usable molding planes, wooden bench planes, and some miscellaneous fun stuff. I hope you find something you like. As always, if you are interested in a particular tool, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
In my last post I published some pictures of a Harvey Peace P-70 handsaw I recently found and had restored. Just before I crossed paths with that saw I found another fairly rare Harvey Peace saw to add to my collection- the No. 60. The 60 was the top-end of Peace’s line of traditional handsaws. It has a full size plate, traditional handle pattern (as opposed to the “Perfection” line which had let-in handles) and a nib at the saw’s toe. The 60 was unique in that it was made from the highest grade of London Spring Steel and featured a beautiful wheat-carved apple handle. The handle had the double loop similar to a Disston 12 and long, sweeping horns. It is a highly refined handle design.
The 60 is a very uncommon saw. In over 10 years of collecting Peace saws I’ve come across only one, a beat-up thumb-hole ripper. That drought let-up a few months back when a No. 60 appeared on eBay- properly identified and accompanied by nice photos. After a week of sweating I snatched it up at the last second for a price I was very happy with. The saw arrived a few days later in great shape.
I added a number of good, usable molding planes to my Tools for Sale page including lots of matched pairs of usable hollows and rounds, a pair of side rabbets, and some other interesting molding planes.
October was a good month for tool hunting. Keep an eye out for lots of good usable tools coming up for sale here in November.
I’m a huge fan, collector, and user of the saws made by Harvey W. Peace. Yes, I am a saw geek. I have been trying to gather at least one example of each saw Peace made in the 40 odd years Peace worked in Brooklyn. This has been a challenge because some of his saws were made for a short period of time and/or were made in limited numbers. One of the most elusive saws has been the P-70 which was the absolute top-end saw in Peace’s “Perfection” line of handsaws. I saw one example of this saw at a LFOD Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire back in 2003. At the time I didn’t realize what a rarity it was, and my tool funds were low, so I had to let it go. That is one of the few tools I truly regret not getting. For seven years I haven’t seen another example. That changed a few weeks ago when this arrived at my door-