Facebook Group Antique Tools Buy, Sell & Trade Weekly Friday - Saturday Auction Begins!


At the fairly new Facebook group Antique Tools Buy, Sell & Trade we are having the first of what will be the weekly Friday - Saturday auction! Along with the regular buy, sell and trade activities and the every day discussions about anything traditional tools and crafts, each week, from Friday AM until Saturday PM, any group member can post as many items as wanted in an auction format.

The rules of the auction are:

* Duration: Friday AM through Saturday PM
* State AUCTION at the beginning of the item description
* State OPENING BID and Shipping Terms. The Opening Bid can be whatever the seller chooses.
* Auction items can be listed at any time during the 48 hour period.
* There is no limit to the number of listings per person per auction cycle. Please list each item separately.
* The Seller can choose to pull an item at any time during the auction and relist if mistakes are found or if the decision is made to not list the item. It is advisable to say why you are pulling the item.
* One bump allowed.
* Soft close: The seller may extend the Saturday close by a reasonable amount of time if bids continue. 
* Bid increments will be in whole dollars. The seller may choose to set a bid increment but we strongly advise against this practice as it’s likely that no one will pay any attention to the stated increment.
* All Bids are to be Public. PM to be used for non-bid related questions regarding shipping or general questions. Failure to do so may result in being Banned.
* The Group Rules of respectful behavior apply to all auctions. 
* The Admins of The Antique Tools Buy, Sell & Trade Facebook Group take no responsibility for what transpires between an auction seller and an auction buyer. We will not resolve conflicts for you. If problems occur, please contact one of the admins for advice.
** NOTE: Buyers or Sellers who unfairly renege on an agreed upon sale will be banned from the group.

You have to have a Facebook page in order to join the group. Although the group is Public and can be read by any Facebook user, you must Join in order to participate in sales, auctions and discussions. If you are new to Facebook and have a relatively blank page, just let me know that you're asking to join. Typically, Facebook pages that are very new or blank are questioned as we want to keep out the spammers.

Antique Tools Buy, Sell & Trade

Till next, Gary

Combination Coopers Jointer And Workbench Vise

Forget about preconceived notions of what a workbench top should look like. Toss out your ideas of how a bench vise is designed, where it should be mounted, and what it should look like. Dump that data on placement of bench hook holds.

From one of my favorite blogs on the vagaries of workbenches, comes the combination coopers jointer, workbench and vise.


A Simple Plank Bench

It's not in English and I don't care. This is one of the most fascinating blogs that you should be following. Sometimes the content is translated into English, sometimes not but in all cases, the photos tell the story.

A crazy simple plank top work bench set on two horses and with a side mounted Roubo style holding clamp.


How not to overthink the process, in a handful of images.


Till next, Gary

Handy Andy Block Saw Set - Never seen one and have no idea how it works

A reader sent these two photos in about a saw set, the likes of which I have never seen. Which also means I have no clue how it works. 

His questions:

"It has two patent dates shown on the tool, 1905 and 1906.

I have not been successful so far in finding any information about this tool so I was wondering if you might be able to help.

What I am looking for is the following information:

    a. How the tool was actually used in maintaining saw blades

    b. What kind of saw blades it was used on

    c. where would this kind of a tool be used

    d. Reference link to acquire more information about the tool

    e. The value, if any, for this kind of tool."

SD Saw Set 1
SD Saw Set 1


And the answer is, Courtesy Bob Page: (Canadian and US Patents)


Some days you just have to monetize

Look to your right and you'll see a widget that displays my current Ebay listings. While the term 'monetizing' annoys me to no end, it's what everybody uses. If it was up to me, I would write something like:

Hey! I'm trying to make some cash! Lookee Here!

But, too many words and too direct. Thus, we have Monetizing because, I guess, it makes people feel better about asking other people to buy something.

Till next, Gary

A Different Lufkin Measuring Tool: Circumference Gauge

Not my photos, just borrowed from the auction listing, which means I'm waiting to receive this.

While I'm not any kind of an expert on mensuration gadgets, so far from it that I'ld have to use a telescope to even think of being an expert, this Lufkin Circumference Gauge/Measuring device intrigued me. May guess is a wheelwrights gauge but it could have been used for anything that required a quick assesment of dimensions.


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 If it's diffferent, I like it. If it's the same old same old, not so much

Till next, Gary

James E. Price on the history of old tool collecting

Recently on the Facebook group I manage: Antique Tools Buy, Sell & Trade, I asked of the assembly this simple question: 

Today's pithy question: What will be the next tool that was a good tool, average price but will now be the Next Big Thing at elevated prices? (I have no idea but someone just might have and idea)

Jim Price responded with what I consider to be the most well thought out, insightful and comprehensive response on the history and current state of the tool market for collectors and users.

"Gary, Your guess is as good as mine concerning which category of antique tools will spike next. I have watched the market for over 50 years and can make some statements concerning my observations. When I first started collecting in the early 1960's the tools illustrated in Mercer's and Sloane's books became hot items. The same can be said about the Shelburne Museum book. The market was driven then by the desire for Early American handmade tools and prices soared. A cagehead brace could fetch $600.00 and a goosewing axe purchase would break the bank. Al Sellens's book, and later John Walter's books built a fire under Stanley planes and Roger Smith's PTAMPIA, got everyone to rush into rare patented planes. Ron Pearson's book on patented braces and my book on bitstock tools spurred interest and drove up prices for those tools. Tom Lamond's book came out on spokeshaves and we saw the price of them soar. When books were published on tools, the prices went up. Right now saws and axes are hot commodities and are being spurred by blogs and online tool dealers as well as Facebook groups. I have helped with the auctioning of about a dozen big tool collections in the last six years. Some of the collectors had maintained purchase price records for tools and I can confidently state that those who rushed into the market each time there was a new hot tool category spent about twice as much for tools than they are worth at auction today. Another observation is that about 90% of the value of a collection lies in only 10% of the tools. Who knows what the next popular tool category will fire up the market and escalate prices? We may be in a paradigm shift at the present time because of the internet and social networks. Published books may no longer drive the market as much as they did in the past. My current observation is that there is a burgeoning interest in old tools in general by those who desire to use them. Groups are growing in number and membership rapidly which means that more and more beginning collectors and craftspeople will be entering the antique and user tool market thus driving up prices because of supply and demand. In my opinion, now is a good time to be sitting on a collection of good vintage user tools."