More of Alexander’s tools for sale. Some pricey fancy stuff, some basic stuff. Some in between. Let’s order them through the comments, so we can all see if anyone has hi-hosied a tool….check or paypal. Any problems, return the tool to me for a refund. No questions asked. OK let’s get this show on the road, as Red Auerbach used to say.
UPDATE: JAN 17: I GOT SWAMPED WITH ORDERS, AND AM PROCESSING THEM EACH DAY. I HAVE ABOUT 75% OF THE SHIPPING DONE, THE REST WILL GO OUT IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. THEN I WILL UPDATE THIS LIST & SEE WHAT’S LEFT. IF YOU ORDERED SOMETHING & HAVEN’T HEARD FROM ME, I’LL BE IN TOUCH AS SOON AS I GET MY HEAD ABOVE WATER. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING HERE YOU’D LIKE, YOU CAN LEAVE A COMMENT – SOME THINGS REMAIN BUT SOME ARE SOLD OUT. SORRY FOR THE MIXUP,
Stanley Goldenberg mortise chisels, 4mm – $20 – TWO SOLD, EIGHT LEFT
these are very nice mortise chisels, JA used this model for classes in post & rung chairs. This chisel was for chopping slat mortises. Essentially a strong 1/8″ – there’s 8 available. Like new, these seem to have not been used…
Jointer plane, $45 – SOLD
I”ve misplaced the dimensions of this plane. I patched the mouth, it had an earlier patch that had warped & come loose. Also added a strike button, one was missing. I left the button quite proud, you could trim at will. It’s around 22″ long if I remember correctly. No name.
Marples mortise gauge, $30. – SOLD
Great shape. long pins still. Ready to strike many lines. Single pin on one side, doubles on the other.
Freud mortise gauges, $10. – SOLD
What can I say? Don’t these people make tablesaw blades or something? Qty 3.
Marples cutting gauge, w plastic thumbscrew. $15 – SOLD
the plastic seals the deal for me. but it works…
Stanley transition plane, #26. $25 – SOLD
I don’t have enough of these to burn them like Patrick Leach, so someone must want it. It’s in good shape.
Box o’ tools: ??? – BIDDING STARTS AT $60
Let’s have some fun. Now & then I hit a box like this:
To go in & photograph all this, itemize it, research pricing, etc is too much effort. As it is, I was up past midnight the other night! So while I don’t want to do bidding, auctions, etc in general, let’s try it for this. Whoever leaves the highest bid by Saturday night, 10pm eastern time, gets this box of stuff. There is some real good stuff in there…I dumped it out & shot the bottom of the pile. So you get these two views to judge by.
Spokeshaves, # 151. $20 – SOLD
Found two more 151 spokeshaves. Both flat-bottoms.
Stanley 152 spokeshave, $30
Older, lower handles.
You liked the JA line of “ersatz” tools. Here’s some more, they get pretty weird.
JA-made mortise cleanout tool, $20
These are like the mortise cleanout tools sold the other day – but for joinery mortises, not chairs. So these fit a mortise 5/16″ wide to scoop out the frass at the bottom of the mortise. Made from Japanese nail pullers, I think.
JA-made scrapers for chair slats, $10 FIVE SOLD, SEVEN LEFT
I think these are shown in action in Alexander’s video version of Make a Chair from a Tree. They are made for scraping the final surface on chair slats. There’s 12 of them. They really work. An ersatz tool that I actually liked.
JA-made chair slat mortise chisels, and mortise cleanout tools. $5 each. – THE TWO CHISELS ARE SOLD, THREE CLEANOUT TOOLS SOLD, ONE LEFT
These are made from plumbers chisels, I think. (JA CORRECTED ME, MASON’S CHISELS…) The two chisels are 1/8″ and the cleanout tools are just OVER 1/8″ – so might not fit the matching chisel…hmmm. JA went wild with these tools, often raved about the steel.
Here are the leftovers from the other day…
Columbus hatchet. $250: When we started selling JA’s tools, I got asked a lot, “will there be hatchets?” – and always said “no.” – So now I’m a liar. Sort of. Here’s the onliest hatchet I have seen in the first 2 shipments. Well, except for one I kept for the kids. A very lightweight, thin hatchet. NOT single-beveled. Marked “Columbus 1940” with a hand holding an egg. You can search for the story about Chis Columbus setting an egg on end…. Drew Langsner told me this hatchet came from the same stash as our favorite Fuchs hatchets 30 years ago through Woodcraft… what this hatchet might be good for is open to interpretation. Drew suggested pig butchering. So. No apologies re: pricing. You won’t find another, I’d guess.
Stanley Goldenberg mortise chisels, 8mm. $20 each SOLD
While we’re at it, here’s more Stanley Goldenberg mortise chisels. 8mm, which amounts to 5/16ths for the rest of us. Thus, just what JA & I wanted for joinery work. There’s 7 in the photo. Might be more later, I can’t tell
Stanley #12 veneer scraper, $70 -SOLD
I couldn’t find any mark except the # on this one, so I wrote to Chris Schwarz. He pointed me to Patrick Leach’s site… there you can read everything there is about this tool. http://supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan3.htm#num12
Ulmia smooth plane, 48mm. (#2 of 2) $70.
Leg vise screw & nut, $80.
The screw is 2″ in diameter, and about 20″ long under the head.
Reamer # 1, $80.
Not your Windsor chair reamer, it’s a big ‘un. Wheelwright’s tool perhaps. Over 17″ it tapers from 2″ to 3/4″. Nice & tight eye.
reamer # 2, $80.
A tang end, instead of the eyed version above. Tapers from 1 7/8″ to nothing over 13″.
Dutch smooth plane, $85. -SOLD
Never used at all. Double iron. 9 1/4″ long, 2 1/2″ wide, with a 2″ iron.
(#2) Wooden brace & bit, $130.
This one has a smaller bit, with a flat tang. Might be 3/8″ – I forget.
THE TOOLS BELOW THIS POINT HAVE SOLD –
1913 set of Russell Jennings auger bits, $175 – SOLD
This batch is one-bit shy of all original. Alexander replaced one missing bit. The box tells the story. 100 years old. The set goes up to 16/16″. Stupid me, I forgot to count them, but it’s full, I know that. A ding on the box, otherwise great condition.
JA-made drawbore pins, set of 4 for $60. ALL SOLD
Jennie Alexander went to great lengths to create “ersatz” tools as she described them. Back when we studied joinery, there were no Lie-Nielsen drawbore pins. Old ones were unheard-of. JA went to Sears, bought a slew of 5/32 alignment pins, and fitted shaved wooden handles to them. Lots of them. I have more than I can use…so we have 9 sets of 4 pins each…
Marples 1 1/4″ chisels, $15 each. FIVE SOLD, ONE LEFT
I think there’s 6 of these. Length is about 10 3/4″/. Some have had slight use, might need some cleaning. Nothing major. Sharpen a little & off you go. I’m told you can get the plastic handles off, and make wooden ones. ——————————-
Stanley Goldenberg mortise chisels, set of 3. $45 -SOLD
Marples firmer chisels. 38mm 32mm. $25 each -BOTH SOLD
I forget what size these translate to. One thing to know is that Alexander has ground a hollow in the backs of these, mimic the hollow on Japanese chisels. It was a phase. The bottom photo shows it as a very bright spot… ——————–
Marples firmer chisels, 1″ and 1/4″; $30 each. BOTH SOLD
Ulmia smooth plane, 48mm. (#1 of 2) $75 – SOLD
Our long-time favorite smooth plane. This one has seen very little use. JA did knick the sole beside the cutting iron; another idea she borrowed from Japanese planes. Does not harm the function. some think it helps. I imagine you see no difference on this plane. Just about like-new.
Stanley #65 marking gauge, $20 each. 6 available. – SOLD.
Stanley and Record #151 spokeshaves. $20 each – SOLD.
Four available thus far. there are more later. These are all flat-bottom examples. Bright colors. If only there was a white one…Order one of these & I pick it for you. My kids would say “you get what you get & you don’t get upset.” No color choosing.
Record # 151 spokeshave, round bottom version. $20. SOLD
JA-made slat mortise chisels. $25 each. SOLD
Back when the book Make a Chair from a Tree was new, these are the types of mortise chisel Alexander used to chop out the mortises for the back slats in the post-and-rung chairs. These are made from either files or plumbers’ chisels. About 1/8″-3/16″ thick. JA made the thinnest slats on Earth.
Which leads to the next tool, the slat-mortise clean-out chisels. Another JA-made tool. It’s a long story, but the slat mortise is a lot more demanding than mine in joinery. The slat, which has no shoulder, needs to reach all the way to the bottom of the mortise. Thus no messy bits down there. This hook tool goes in & removes the chopped-up bits & levers them out. Only Alexander would make this tool…
slat-mortise cleanout chisels, 3 available with handle, $25 each; HANDLED ONES SOLD
two available as blade only $15. SOLD
wooden bodied spokeshave $50. – SOLD
You can see the details. Brass sole. Plenty of blade remaining. Nice one.
Marples 1/8″ chisel, $25 SOLD
Ideal for all the dove-tail-ers out there. Made in England.
Stanley #750 chisel, 1/4″. $25 – SOLD
I bought Lie-Nielsen ones a year or two ago, or I would have kept this.
wooden brace & spoon bit, $150 – SOLD
If your name is J. F. Duncklee, you should snap this up…
I think the spoon bit is about 5/8″ – a size often used in chairmaking. Nice detail where the head rotates on the stock, thin metal plates keep it from wearing down. Bottom photo shows a small check, doesn’t feel weak…