Fresh Batch of Vintage Tools For Sale Today

Hi folks,

This is 30 minutes late, sorry.. somebody forgot to pack the kid’s lunchbox in their backpack today.

There is a fresh batch of tools available for sale here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php There are 120 new items including an excellent batch of molding planes, some nice edge tools, tons of layout tools, and the usual batch of Stanley baench planes in assorted shapes and sizes.

The next tool sale will be on Monday, Nov. 11. After that I hope to have three more sales to finish out the year, but I may consolidate that to two to work around the holidays. I have a large number of tools in stock and two excellent collections on their way here so the lists should be stacked with good user stuff. As always, if you are looking for something specific please drop me a note and let me know.

Are here fall is firmly here with several light frosts. So far my cold frames are keeping the last of the summer greens alive which keeps the rabbit happy. Our wood stove was lit for the first time this season on Oct 22. This is a new record for us- it’s usually started much earlier in the season. Here’s hoping for a mild winter!

Thanks for reading,

Josh

Hi folks,

This is 30 minutes late, sorry.. somebody forgot to pack the kid’s lunchbox in their backpack today.

There is a fresh batch of tools available for sale here: http://hyperkitten.com/tools/ForSale/Tools_FS.php There are 120 new items including an excellent batch of molding planes, some nice edge tools, tons of layout tools, and the usual batch of Stanley baench planes in assorted shapes and sizes.

The next tool sale will be on Monday, Nov. 11. After that I hope to have three more sales to finish out the year, but I may consolidate that to two to work around the holidays. I have a large number of tools in stock and two excellent collections on their way here so the lists should be stacked with good user stuff. As always, if you are looking for something specific please drop me a note and let me know.

Are here fall is firmly here with several light frosts. So far my cold frames are keeping the last of the summer greens alive which keeps the rabbit happy. Our wood stove was lit for the first time this season on Oct 22. This is a new record for us- it’s usually started much earlier in the season. Here’s hoping for a mild winter!

Thanks for reading,

Josh

Stealthy Lions

PEXTO Samson and a more robust design than the North Brothers Yankee. If you need a beefy brace fora big job there’s none better. They tend to be a bit on the pricy side since they are always in demand and not very common.

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia. Millers Falls made braces for Craftsman (I belive) in the 1940s-50s. These were high-quality braces but lacked the exotic wood pad and handle, but otherwise identical in every way to the mainline Millers Falls tools. You can tell the Millers Falls Craftsman tools by the “BB” maker code in small font near the Craftsman logo. I’ve seen a couple of different models- one of these is unmistakably a Millers Falls Lion in branded for Craftsman.

I’ll admit I’ve become a bit of a brace geek. I’m a big fan of the Millers Falls Lion brace. It’s a heavy-duty brace every bit as well-made as the PEXTO Samson and a more robust design than the North Brothers Yankee. If you need a beefy brace fora big job there’s none better. They tend to be a bit on the pricy side since they are always in demand and not very common.

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia. Millers Falls made braces for Craftsman (I believe) in the 1940s-50s. These were high-quality braces virtually identical in every way to the mainline Millers Falls tools but lacking the cocobolo handle and pad. You can tell the Millers Falls Craftsman tools by the “BB” maker code in small font near the Craftsman logo. I’ve seen a couple of different models- one of these is unmistakably a Millers Falls Lion branded for Craftsman.

Take a look at these two and see if you can pick out the Millers Falls Lion from the Craftsman.

Lion Braces
Lion Braces (click for larger)
Lion Chucks
Lion Chucks (click for larger)

OK, so the stained pad and handle give it away- the top is the Craftsman, the bottom the Millers Falls no. 772 made ca. 1925.. Other than the wood, both are identical in every way.

So keep an eye out and an open mind toward those Craftsman braces. You might find a Lion in disguise.

Holiday Tool Sale Today

Good afternoon!

I put a batch of 140 new old tools on my Tools For Sale Page today at noon EDT. Have a look- there’s lots of good stuff including some superb molders, nice chisels, plenty of Stanley planes, and lots of other fun stuff. The past month was an especially productive one for tool hunting. My “warehouse” is full to bursting with some of the best tools I’ve had in a while. Just last weekend I ran into a load of exceptional British molding planes- you’ll see some of them on this list and more to come in the weeks that follow.

Sorry this is a few minutes late.. It’s a school holiday and I was busy making grilled cheese sandwiches for the kids’ lunch. I’m pretty sure I make the best grilled cheese in the world… at least my kids think so, which is really all that matters. Fall is here, which means apple picking, and pumpkins, and hay rides. It’s been lots of fun with all three of them now that everyone is old enough to walk and run. I’m going to try a batch of hard cider a try this year- I’ve wanted to do it for a while. It should be interesting.

Finally, I’ve had several complaints the past few weeks that the tools I post to my website just sell too fast. I send this email to everyone at the same time and nobody gets an early look at the tools.. I understand your frustration- I do the best I can to put as many tools up at a time as possible. I try to price my tools to sell, and apparently this works because they do sell fast. The past couple of sales some 80% of the tools were sold within the first couple of hours. If you missed out on something I’m sorry. I would remind everyone that I’m always happy to received requests for specific tools. I have a large inventory of tools that are not listed on my site. In fact, a majority of my sales are not from my Tools For Sale list but from personal requests. I much prefer to work this way since it’s much less hectic. Anyhow, I understand your frustration and I’m open to comments or suggestions on how I can improve my process.

Thanks for reading!

Josh

Good afternoon!

I put a batch of 140 new old tools on my Tools For Sale Page today at noon EDT. Have a look- there’s lots of good stuff including some superb molders, nice chisels, plenty of Stanley planes, and lots of other fun stuff. The past month was an especially productive one for tool hunting. My “warehouse” is full to bursting with some of the best tools I’ve had in a while. Just last weekend I ran into a load of exceptional British molding planes- you’ll see some of them on this list and more to come in the weeks that follow.

Sorry this is a few minutes late.. It’s a school holiday and I was busy making grilled cheese sandwiches for the kids’ lunch. I’m pretty sure I make the best grilled cheese in the world… at least my kids think so, which is really all that matters. Fall is here, which means apple picking, and pumpkins, and hay rides. It’s been lots of fun with all three of them now that everyone is old enough to walk and run. I’m going to try a batch of hard cider a try this year- I’ve wanted to do it for a while. It should be interesting.

Finally, I’ve had several complaints the past few weeks that the tools I post to my website just sell too fast. I send this email to everyone at the same time and nobody gets an early look at the tools.. I understand your frustration- I do the best I can to put as many tools up at a time as possible. I try to price my tools to sell, and apparently this works because they do sell fast. The past couple of sales some 80% of the tools were sold within the first couple of hours. If you missed out on something I’m sorry. I would remind everyone that I’m always happy to received requests for specific tools. I have a large inventory of tools that are not listed on my site. In fact, a majority of my sales are not from my Tools For Sale list but from personal requests. I much prefer to work this way since it’s much less hectic. Anyhow, I understand your frustration and I’m open to comments or suggestions on how I can improve my process.

Thanks for reading!

Josh