I love vintage tools. I love vintage anything. Most of my gun collection is vintage. I have a lot of antique hand tools.
I am not a technophobe. I don’t have have the latest of everything, but when working around the shop I use my cordless tools whenever possible. I prefer the sound of vinyl on my 1970’s era record player, but prefer the convenience of my MP3 player with a catalog of well over 5,000 songs.
This week I acquired a vintage shaper.It is a Craftsman model 103.920 made by King Seeley. circa 1953-54.
Sure, I have a Craftsman router. Coupled with a table, it would accomplish anything I need. But how is it going to hold up to big projects? The shaper is heavy duty – industrial. It will eat its way through wood without strain. And this baby, more than a half a century old, will be running strong long after I am gone. You can’t say that about the crap that is manufactured today in China.
The down side is the cost of the shaper bits – $50 to $250 apiece. Luckily the shaper came with a full compliment.
After the studio closet is completed, I will turn my attention to the carport, turning it into a shop area. I am almost to the point that I can begin work on restoring my 1953 Field and Stream 14-foot travel trailer.
Liz just expanded my lantern collection. The collection started with a couple of Dietz kerosene railroad lanterns acquired at an auction. I added a JustRite battery powered lantern with a blue globe a few years ago. That ended my focus on kerosene lanterns.
The newest acquisition is a Coleman Model 200A lantern built in September of 1956. The 200A was a single mantle lantern built from 1951 until 1983. In 1952, the base color was changed from green to red.
This one will be an easy restoration project, all of the parts are still easily acquired today. It has a few dings and some rust – not a perfect specimen, but that adds to the character – and it is serviceable. All of the parts appear to be original.
This brings up fond memories of camping with the family as a child. There was one campground that I remember – I forget the name of the place – but they had a one-eyed duck on the grounds. We would go canoeing, but the high point was always the campfire at night.
Last night was another exciting night at the auction, although it is becoming apparent that the Snowbirds are returning to the valley and I doubt there will be many more fruitful evenings as buyers. As the birds return, they begin bidding everything up in price until it is not worthwhile.
But until there is standing room only we will give it our best shot. Last night we picked up a Model A Ford rim – there were three that sold for $10 each. It will make a nice addition to our garden.
I picked up a Guinness bar clock for $5, which will eventually go up on the outside bar that I am planning to build. Continue reading »
Several years ago, Liz and I acquired this bracelet as part of a lot of costume jewelry at an estate sale.
It is obviously fine silver; you can tell simply by the feel and the weight of the metal. I tested the metal and it is at least .900 sterling. That led me to believe the blue stones are real sapphire, not glass. Continue reading »
The local Apache Junction Auction is an inexpensive source of entertainment. And at times it can be profitable.
Liz and I go every Saturday evening, and try to cap our spending to less than $50. We look for oddball items and useful items that we normally would not buy for ourselves, but when they can be had for a bargain… Continue reading »
I picked up this beauty at an auction a few years ago. It is a 1955 General Electric Model 645 portable radio.
It runs on 110 volts AC house current, or on batteries that are no longer made. I don’t have a lot of 1nformation on this radio, other than the model numbers (644, 645, 646, 647 etc.) were the same radio with different color. The most popular were gray and white. I added a link to this baby playing because I am simply amazed at the sound quality for an AM radio with no external antennae, that is older than I am.
I love old electronics, and am always buying old crap. If I had room I would have a hundred old radios. Speaking of room, I need to make some. This radio is available for $35, plus shipping and insurance. They are listing on eBay for as much as $80.