That’s right, I generally prefer the newer shiny tools. I like fighting with that clear plastic vacuum packaging that is nearly impossible to open. I like holding the instruction manual and thinking “how hard can this really be…..?”
Recently, however, I had an offer from an extended family member to purchase a large lot of tools that were in her basement (she had just sold her house is moving south). I went over and looked everything over and walked away $100.00 poorer, but loaded down with a bunch of old tools.
Included in the lot was a bunch (probably 20 or more) of files (of which I really had none), a pipe cutter (didn’t have one of those either), for some strange reason 6 or 7 glass cutters, a centering punch (got one of those for Christmas a few days earlier but having a spare is fine), a very cool hand drill set-up with 30 or 40 bits ranging all the way up to 3/4″ of an inch. 2 hand planes (one craftsman and one with no brand I could determine), and a few specialty planes that I’m really happy about:
There was Stanley #71 Router Plane (used to smooth out the bottom of dado’s and grooves). The Internet says this plane goes for $32 – $72 dollars on e-bay.
There was also a Stanley No. 378 Rabbet Plane (used for – you guessed it – cleaning up Rabbets). The Internet says this plane goes for $60 – $150 dollars on e-bay.
And while these are both pretty dirty right now, they look to be in fine shape and once I clean them up, check the blades for sharpness, They will be nearly good as new.
So once you add in the nail punches, old screw drivers, “egg-beater” drills, chalk line and chalk, marking crayons, carcass saw, large hunk of paraffin wax, and other …. stuff, I think I ended up with a pretty good deal (did I mention the 3 1/2′ long bow saw with the extra blade?).