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Well I'm here in CA working again. This morning a few buddies and I went to a flea market in Calexico. Found this protractor rule, and this Stanley #3 for $8 each. I've never heard of the Athol Tool Company of Athol Mass. before, but that is who made the rule. It's nice and heavy, with just a little surface rust I need to clean up. I think the plane will take a little work to clean up, but I'm hoping it'll be a good user. Name:  image-3360209874.jpg
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Size:  41.6 KB I'm pretty pumped, I think I've got some good tools here. Thanks for looking.
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Good score! I've not heard of the protractor manufacturer, but it looks like a really nice heavy one.

The plane looks like it is in pretty good condition as well, and you can't go wrong with a nice SB plane.

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Athol = early LS Starrett. You got a steal on that.

Looks like anything labeled Athol Machine Co is 1915ish or earlier? Cant tell if the companies were related or competitors.

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The Athol Machine Co was bought by Starrett in 1905. That is all I know about them.

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I appreciate the info. I'm even more stoked now. Using a tool that was used by craftsmen that long ago- I mean, wow! Thanks again!
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Nice score Rayking. I thought I knew all the Massachusetts based tool companies but never heard of that one (thanks Mavawreck & fastback). As for the #3 that is well worth a restore. I recently bought one from another gentleman on this forum and love it.

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That No.3 is a great deal for only $8. It looks to be a type 18 in excellent condition.

Check out this thread, particularly post #8 for some info on Athol Tool.

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I just bought a No. 3 Bailey at the Brimfield fair last week. I intend to go through it at some point. I don't really want to tell you guys how much I paid, because it was more than I typically would spend. I also bought a Dunlap which is the size of a No 4 Stanley. I know that Dunlap's are not all that desirable but I just did not want to leave the fair without buying anything.

Oh, this was before I bought the Bailey. We were getting ready to leave.

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So today I hit the yard sales and flee markets and this is what I found an X, Y table $10.00. Did not need one but... I also bought a No. 6 Stanley, Bailey $5.00. It has a chunk broken out of the casting, but it still can be used. Or if I need parts this will be the go to. Then I picked up 3 more planes, a No. 6 and 2 No 5's. I still haven't checked them out other to know they are complete. One of the 5's is a bailey the other 2 are just Stanley planes. I got the 3 for $20.

The last item is a 250 foot coil of 1/4 inch band saw blade. It is for cutting metal with 14 tpi, $5.00.

It was a $40.00 day.
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Great finds!
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Well I'm here in CA working again. This morning a few buddies and I went to a flea market in Calexico. Found this protractor rule, and this Stanley #3 for $8 each. I've never heard of the Athol Tool Company of Athol Mass. before, but that is who made the rule. It's nice and heavy, with just a little surface rust I need to clean up. I think the plane will take a little work to clean up, but I'm hoping it'll be a good user. I'm pretty pumped, I think I've got some good tools here. Thanks for looking.
L.S Starrett bought Athol Tool a century or more ago. Super high end measuring tools today.
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Check the Lee Valley Site for a price guide on the protactor/rule combo.
Since it is so early it's a collector item.

Accurate to about 0.000003".
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It all started with the third saw from the top, a Disston for the mighty sum of $1.00 at the flea market this morning. I said ok, but all I had was a $20.00. Seller had no change but told me I could just have it. I didn't feel right about that, so I walked around looking for change. So I found the Disston dovetail saw (missing the back) and the one below it for $10, which was too much. I argued the seller down to $5.00 and broke my twenty, went back to the original seller and she still couldn't break either bill. So I carried on, finding the two bottom saws and the strange bevel gauge with a 1911 pat. date. Seller wanted $10.00 each for the saws, we settled for $11.00 for all three items. Which was probably too much. Change in hand, I went back to pay for my original saw. $16.00 total spent, a good morning of wandering, enough saws to keep me busy in my retirement 30 years from now.

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That's a nice No 12 you scored man. It's probably worth more than all the rest put together


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Thanks! Ya its in pretty good shape, several interesting owner's stamps on the handle.

Found the square via the patent date.

http://www.google.co.in/patents/US99...ward-citations

Not sure if it is worth anything, but it is different.
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Here is detailed information relating to L. S. Starrett and the Athol Machine Company:

The Starrett Story - PDF produced by the Starrett Company.

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Vintage Woodworking Hand Tool Notes
Researching Vintage Starrett Tools

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Thanks James. I enjoyed reading that.
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