1953 Craftsman King-Seeley shaper

craftsman-king-seeley-shaper 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. Continue reading »

1956 Coleman Lantern

1956 Coleman LanternLiz 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.

Two out of three is bad…

Two out of three at Churchill DownsI am not generally a betting man – I work too hard for the little I earn. But sometimes you just have to cut loose – and Saturday being the Kentucky Derby, I laid some money down on Race 11.

A drunk Irishman from Canada taught me how to read the racing forms and how to bet. He had a little more experience with the ponies that I do, but I learned a few rules of thumb. Continue reading »

H. Chapin antique wood planes

UNION FACTORY WARRANTED H. CHAPINLast 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 »

Latest Acquisition

Justrite Electric Lantern with Cobalt Blue Globe
Justrite Electric Lantern with Cobalt Blue Globe

I have always loved trains. I guess this dates back to my youth and my dad and I used to walk the defunct tracks and trestle on the outskirts of Groveville, NJ, and explore the abandoned station.

My dad grew up in Groveville, and played on the same tracks when the station was in operation. As I recall, this was mainly a freight depot.

He told me the stroy about one fateful Sunday when he was playing on the railroad box cars, and he managed to release the break of a lone boxcar. To his horror the boxcar began rolling dow

n the slope towards the trestle. He quickly abandoned post and watched as the car hurtled towards the trestle. Continue reading »

Vintage Radio – for sale! $35 and you can own it!

1955 GE Model 645 AM Radio 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.