SOLD: This tool has an odd story. My parent company, F+W Media, purchased this tool about 14 years ago to use in photo shoots for Jim Tolpin’s landmark book “Measure Twice Cut Once.” If you haven’t read this book, please do. It’s one of my favorite.
In any case, this gauge is on page 54 of the revised edition, which was printed in 1996. After its moment of fame, it lay dormant in our shop for five years or so until the company disposed of it during a sale of excess office equipment. I picked it up for $50.
However, I didn’t need a mortise gauge (I had one), so I stashed it away in my tool chest at home and found it a few weeks ago while I was cleaning. It has never been used. The brass parts are patinated, but there is no wear on the tool.
Want it? You can have it for what I paid for it. By the way, it is marked with a “B,” which means it’s a blemished model.
Price: $50 plus domestic shipping. SOLD
Terms of Sale I’ll be listing these tools one-by-one. There is no master list of tools. Please don’t ask to come over to my house. Every day I list a tool I’ll post what I know about the tool, its history, plus photos of it. While you can ask me all the questions you like about the tool, the first person to send me an e-mail that says: “I’ll take it,” gets the tool. Simple. To buy a tool, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment: I can accept PayPal or a personal check. As soon as the funds arrive, I’ll ship the tool using USPS. If you want insurance, let me know. I’m afraid I can only ship tools in the United States. Shipping internationally is very time-consuming and paperwork-heavy. My apologies in advance on this point.
If you don’t like the tool when you get it, I’ll be happy to refund your money if you return the tool. But postage is on you.
— Christopher Schwarz