My new treasures from the show this year

Live Free or Die Tool Auction and Sale

The Live Free or Die Tool Auction (and the sale out in the lot out back), also known as the ‘Nashua Tool Show’ is one of the few times a year I am happy to get up at 5am. I rarely if ever go into the actual auction; I spend all my time and money out in the parking lot tracking down odd and old tools on my list and all the things I didn’t know I needed until I found them and realized how I could not live without them. 😉  It’s a great event twice a year and well worth the trip if you are into old hand tools.

Below is a highlight reel from this weekend’s show and sale:

Workbench
Workbench

A stout, but short workbench.

Interesting tray
Interesting tray

An interesting tool tote/tray that holds the tools off the ground for easier access.

Shur Stop Glass Ball Fire Extinguishers
Shur Stop Glass Ball Fire Extinguishers

Neat antique fire extinguisher grenades by ‘Shur Stop’. I never saw a full technician’s case of them before along with several of the holders for them. If they were exposed to enough heat the hammer would spring like a mouse trap, smash the glass causing a violent chemical reaction that would remove oxygen from the area and hopefully put out the fire. We’ll often see these over old boilers or up in the attics of old homes.

Full Case of Shur Stop Glass Ball Fire Extinguishers
Full Case of Shur Stop Glass Ball Fire Extinguishers

Apparently you could also throw them at the base of a flame — giving them the nickname: ‘Fire Extinguisher Grenade’

1897 Folding Sawing Machine
1897 Folding Sawing Machine

If you are living in the 1890s and want to use a 2 man saw to fell a large tree and don’t have any friends willing to help, you should check out this ‘Folding Sawing Machine’ from 1897.  It helps hold the saw perpendicular to the tree and allows you to use a lever to push and pull the saw.

1897 Folding Sawing Machine
1897 Folding Sawing Machine

 

Shave Horse aka Schnitzelbank
Shave Horse aka Schnitzelbank

A nice oak shave horse or schnitzelbank It was made from heavy oak, pegged and secured with cut nails.

Small Traveling Tool Chest
Small Traveling Tool Chest

 

Pair of tool chests
Pair of tool chests

 

Metal Tool Cabinet
Metal Tool Cabinet

An interesting commercial tool cabinet made from metal with what looked like mediocre post WWII tools.

Machinist Tool Chest
Machinist Tool Chest

 

Saw till on lid closed. Lid back on tool tray in chest -- Nantucket Tool Chest
Saw till on lid closed. Lid back on tool tray in chest — Nantucket Tool Chest

While no Anarchist’s tool chests were to be found this year, this solid old chest, presumably from Nantucket given the huge painted label on the front. It looks like it was based on traditional designs, made in the 20th century but built a bit more like a modern carpenter with very simple joinery compared to a traditional joiner who more likely would have used dovetails, mortise and tenon etc.

Sliding Tool Trays or Tills -- Nantucket Tool Chest
Sliding Tool Trays or Tills — Nantucket Tool Chest

The till lid screws were stripped and was removed for the above photo. There were 3 layers of tills and at least one division on the bottom to divide the bottom compartment of the chest.

Saw Till -- Nantucket Tool Chest
Saw Till — Nantucket Tool Chest

Saw till was protected by a frame and panel that attempted to dress up the chest. The corners of the chest were reinforced with extra wood and hid the joinery, but I suspect the overlapping boards mean that the corners were potentially all nailed together which means this chest was likely built quickly.

Nantucket Tool Chest
Nantucket Tool Chest

The chest lifts were heavy cast lifts that looked of modest quality. It was interesting to see how the dust rim was screwed on.

 

My new treasures from the show this year
My new treasures from the show this year

This year I did well. I found all the odd items on my list and only a couple of extras.  I picked up a great double gear Miller’s Falls egg beater drill — recommended by Tom Fidgen and love it so far. Also got a nice set of Russel Jennings Pattern Auger bits, a nice Miller’s Falls push drill (just a novelty I wanted to try), and a few books. For my Sloyd related projects I found a real nice transitional jack plane, 2 foot folding rule, bit brace drivers, stanley square etc. As always I had a great time and I’m already looking forward to the September show.

(You can check out what happened last September here.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Live Free or Die Tool Auction and Sale”

  1. Curious – what are you planning for the egg beater? I’ve got an old one at home in need of a little TLC (and some use!).

    The work bench looks handy for folks short on space…

    1. That model came recommended to me by a friend. I had an old and lesser quality hand drill in the past and rarely used it. This miller’s falls model with the double gears is much beefier and runs true. I’ve found myself using it for delicate work on small pieces and really loving it so far — basically any drilling work that would use a twist drill bit works well with it — plus it never needs recharging. It’s a bit of a connection to earlier woodworkers, a bit of how it’s greener to use compared to power tools and a bit to see if I could use it. The handle held a surprise as it unscrews and had a set of bits inside of it. I’ll make a future post about it, but it’s earned a place in the shop so far. I’ve also been using my bit brace and augers more and more lately.

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