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Today I went to an auction at what I can only describe as tool heaven. The estate of Mr. E. Miller was a woodworkers dream estate sale. Mr. Miller was a life-long bachelor, and a moderate horder. He was an engineer by trade, and kept an impeccable shop. He also had a bad habit of buying nice stuff and not using it. He had no heirs, so he donated his estate to a local historical society where he volunteered.

What led me to the auction was the advertisement of a NIB craftsman Compucarve. While I knew i wouldn't be coming home with it, I wanted to see how much that would go for, and I knew he probably had a few other goodies. Boy did he. When I got to the site, the first thing I observed was that the workshop was twice the size of his house, and packed to the gills with a lot of unused tools. The compucarve was at the door, along with a brand new worksharp 3000, both with a bunch of accessories. That got the drool flowing. When I poked around a bit, I found the Veritas sharpener as well, also unused. I prepared my mental list, and tried not to look too interested.

It was a long day, the first sale was @ 9:30 (to me for $2 for the original incra jig) and I was the last one to leave the site loading lumber in my truck at 7:30. I didn't do too bad, I only spent $120, but some of the highlights are in the pictures below.

Some of the great items:

Accuset 23 gage pinner (never used)
Veritas Sharpener (never used)
Gripper advanced system (NIB)
Microjig steel series splitters, thin kerf and regular kerf, never used
Milescraft Spirocrafter NIB
a bunch of Eagle America router bits, including a 7 piece carbide upcut spiral set and a handful of trimmers
2 bessey band clamps NIB
a delta 1" belt sander (I have wanted that for a long time)
original incra jig
incra measuring tool
Forrest WWII blade (used, but pretty nice looking)
Forrest Chopmaster NIB
Miller Dowel system and a ton of dowels
wixey gage (NIB)
set of four precision aluminum angles

More lumber than my truck could carry, Mainly poplar, white oak and walnut... for $10


a bunch of small clamps, and a ton of stuff that I didn't need, but was sold as part of the box lots.

I feel a little guilty about getting all that for so little cash, but still have to gloat about it a little!

Of course, the one phrase I heard over and over from the guys was "I wish my wife was here, than I can show her that I am not a hoarder!" By the end of the day, the other phrase I heard a lot was "I hope at my estate sale at least everything is used"

This day definitely made up for the last two horrible auctions I wasted my time at.

Now I have to put all of that lumber away...... I think I'm going to have to ask my neighbor if he needs some wood.
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Hi Doug

All I can say is WOW..great deals

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Did the horse shoe hurt going in?

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Great deal, Doug.

Not guilty, a public auction......

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All I can say is DAAAAANG! You made out like a bandit! Good for you!
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Fredericksburg? Doug, buddy, why didn't you call me? ;-)

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Doug,

You made a great find! Many people overlook estate sales because most have prices that are way too high, that may be why you could buy what you did for so little money.

I figured out a way for you not to feel so guilty, you can send me about half of what you bought. If you need my mailing address just send me a PM.

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Feel bad? Really?

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WOW, most the stuff still in original packaging. Good catch!!
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That's a great Deal, I've been goin to auctions and estate sales. last year I went to a sale and the lady was selling all these different tools for $0.25. She was selling all her exhusbands tools for a quarter. I wish I new then what I know now. I wasn't into woodworking I just bought a couple of things. She was even selling a table saw, router, heck you name it it was there, If only ya could go back in time! I felt guilty buying the few things.
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