Today SWMBO was off to a wedding
which I was not required to attend so I went shopping. It
was like drilling for oil and coming up with a dry hole every
time until I reached the final stop. There I hit the Mother Lode
- at least for Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.
The oldest piece was a Disston - no Sons - rip saw with
split nuts and a real nib - $1
3 pig stickers of various makers $1
Bronze-handled countersink $1
4 inch Stillson with maker $1
8 inch Greenlee drawknife never used $2
An adjustable hat block for my fedora $1 - it's sort of
... and several other pieces that
are still in the trunk of my car - out of sight out of mind.
Then when I went to check out he charged me exactly $5.
As I was leaving he told me to come
back tomorrow. Get thee behind me Satan and push! I
don't know if this warrants a gloat or not, but for here it was
a very good day!
So, I went back today again.
Got 2 split nut Atkins crosscut saws, one is good, the other for
parts and two Disston crosscut saws with split nuts, again one
will be salvage for the other. Good wood.
I picked up 4 greasy mortising
gauges, panel gauges etc. I had time to scrape the grease
off and underneath was beautiful wood. Got a wooden plane
that appears to be Dutch, but has a British iron set rank for
Found a Yankee/North Bros. #31 and a like new
Stanley Bailey transitional that needs a lever cap. It has
the Stanley... in a V formation on top of the long blade.
4 perfect handled monkey wrenches in good shape, a set of
dividers where each leg is in two pieces held by a riveted half
lap joint. Unusual to me, but I can't read the writing
Then we went kitchen stuff and got
a 10 inch Dutch oven with lid-Griswold, a single blade chopper
that had been hiding among the tools, an advertising coffee
scoop for Wishbone Coffee and finally an advertising thermometer
for a Durant car dealership. Nope, last was a Lilliputian oil
Plus I got two boxes of antique
bolts and fasteners, all separated, some rare stuff there and
finally, finally a set of 24 inch? chrome Kenworth mud flap
bottoms for may Dad's truck. Big, shiny Kenworth letters.
He is going strong at 80!
I even took SWMBO with me today!
She declined the honor of climbing between the monster trucks
where they were welding to get to the old tools. It seems
the proceeds of the sale are going for paint and angle iron.
But, today's haul came to $20!
The boys have a long way to go
before they make much money. Of all my bad habits, I love
my old tools the best!
Paul in Normal, Illinois