Garage Sale Tools – 360w360 E.220

Ron Herman discusses how he finds great garage sale tools.In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking the 360 guys talk with Ron Herman about garage sale tools.

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Garage Sale Tools

Ron Herman has tons of tools. Sure, he inherited many of them, but not all. If you roam the garage sales and auction houses of Columbus, Ohio, you might just catch him there, in his favorite disguise, perusing the offerings. So, what are his thoughts, tips and tenets for finding and acquiring great garage sale tools?

He’s got one rule that trumps them all – don’t screw widows. He truly believes if you do bad things, bad things will happen to you as a result. There’s lots of other great tool buying tips shared in this episode.

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4 thoughts on “Garage Sale Tools – 360w360 E.220

  1. I agree with the joining a local woodworking club. Make relationships to learn more about the tools. I’m not an “old guy” but more than once, I’ve dipped into my stash of user handplanes or chisels, tuned one up and gifted it to a new member because they need to know what a properly set-up user tool looks and works like. This is also a good way for me to justify picking up the occasional cheap gem instead of worrying I’m going to end up on an episode of Hoarder Horror Stories some day.

    You should also cultivate good relationships with the dealers as Ron mentioned. Because for user grade stuff, they generally have their “junk” which can be pieced together. I’ve got a soft spot for old tools like that where I can find more than one owner’s stamp. I have one backsaw that somebody really didn’t want stolen because they stamped their mark 10 times (8 on the handle and once on each side of the spine). A later user branded their initials over the top of one of the stamps. You aren’t likely to find these tools premium priced because of their looks. Chances are, it’s a good tool though that somebody “loved” and looked after and so will tune up and continue to work well.

    1. Rob,

      Don’t underestimate your old guyness.

      1. Get off my lawn!

  2. Oh, and a buying tip for hand drills (eggbeaters, but don’t call them that). As you may know, often the handles are hollow and the cap screws off to reveal bit storage. But not everybody knows that. So if it “rattles”, shake it in front of the seller and mention something about “bad bearings” and “going to need parts replaced” to drive down the price…

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