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271345 Bill Webber 2020‑06‑28 56th Bud Brown's Tool Auction
Gentle Galoots,

The 56th Bud Brown's Tool Auction has completed at long last. 
Originally scheduled for April 4th, it was rescheduled for this weekend. 
Instead of an indoor dealer sale they allowed free tailgate set up in 
the parking lot on Friday.  For the auction, they doubled the size of 
the rented hall and set the seats at the obligatory 6-foot intervals. 
Gloves and masks were required for handling the tools.

Safe to say turn out for both dealer show and the auction was low. 
Perhaps 20 dealers in the parking lot and no more than 40-50 people at 
the auction.  Usual number of people crying 'prices high' or 'prices 
low'.  For me prices were OK to lower than expected.  But I don't buy 
much and don't study pricing a lot.  The high point of the auction was a 
miniature block plane attributed to Israel white or perhaps one of his 
progeny.  It was missing its blade and an inlay on the toe but still 
fetched $13,000.  Yes, that is three zeros!
There were a lot of modern maker stuff by Holtey, Carter, Entwistle, Ray 
Isles, Shepherd, Frietsche, and others.  These planes run $4 - 6k new 
and some were selling at $1200.  I generally don't look at these because 
they are too expensive.  Maybe next time I'll look a little closer.

I got three lots.  First was a nickel plated Stanley Miller's Patent 41, 
type 9.  Then a Fales Patent combination plane set.  And last a japanned 
Stanley Miller's Patent 141.

The 141 was advertised as missing the slitter, depth stop and holding 
nut.  Easy parts to find.  What they failed to mention was that the 
attached rod was wrong and didn't have enough threads to mount the 
missing pieces.  I don't have much in the way of extra parts but I do 
have all of those including the proper rod.  Whoopee!

The 41 was unremarkable, just sorta rare.  The Fales Patent was the fun 
one.  How many people know what the Fales plane is?  Hands?  I had 
glanced at these in the past.  They have a high gizmocity factor but I 
never really looked closely or tried to figure out how they work. 
Here's a picture of a typical sale.
Lots of parts and looks complicated.  They won't tell you a lot of the 
blades shown in the picture don't go with the other parts shown; only 
adds to the confusion.  Simply stated the Fales Patent plane is a 
multifunctional molding plane.  Its claim to fame is that it has a pair 
of purpose built plane bottoms for each of the advertised profile.  That 
makes for a lot of parts.  Of curse there is an an assortment of fences, 
knickers, etc. that go with it. This plane was in the auction.  Body, 
fence, arms, one set of bottoms and one wrong cutter.  It sold for $150 
(plus fees and taxes) http://billwebber.galootcentral.com/lot%2012.jpg

Lot 547 was the one I though I might go for:
Here's the write-up from the auction catalog:

"B56-547. COMBINATION PLANE. Fales Patent. Amos Fales' patent plane is 
one of the most complex ever made, with an almost endless set of 
auxiliary parts to produce various patterns. This one comes with two 
examples of the main frame, one with rosewood tote and knob and the 
other beech. The marketing materials recommended that the user have two 
so that the user could switch between hollows and rounds. Also included 
are long and short rods, four nosing attachments, one filletster, five 
plow/dado, nine sets of hollows and rounds, eight side beads, six center 
beads, 7/8" ogee, and two quarter rounds, plus the very rare chamfer 
sash bevel gauge. 119 pieces in all. The consignor has included a 
photocopy of the original instruction sheet and helpfully sorted all the 
attachments and compared them to the list included in the instruction 
sheet. All contained in the drawers of a Gerstner-type machinist's chest 
(10" x 20" and 16" tall) that we're including and is very attractive in 
itself. There's surface rust on some of the parts (particularly the 
skate of the rosewood handled body), but overall very clean and one of 
the nicest and most complete Fales patents you'll ever see. Fine 1000 - 

I studied it for a while, figuring out some of the pieces.  The cutters 
and bottoms are all taped together, with masking tape that has been 
there a long time.  Lots of days to clean that up.  The Chinese 
machinist's chest had taken a dive at some point.  I spent the morning 
gluing it back together to make it serviceable. The best part is I got 
it for quite a bit less than the bid range.

I keep accumulating projects I can't work on because of too many other 
projects.  Geez, retirement is soo much work...

Stay well,

Bill W.
Nottingham, PA
Woodworkers visit me at http://bi

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