The Power of the Pixel
People gripe that the vintage tools and
books I write about often go up in price after I post an entry. I
actually think the effect is mild and temporary, except in two cases:
Robert Wearing’s “The Essential Woodworker” and the Stanley No. 47
Adjustable Bit Gauge. (No, I don’t have any extra. No, you can’t borrow
mine. Or see it. Neener.)
At Woodworking in America in October I
sang the praises of my favorite scraping tool: the Stanley No. 80. It
is dirt cheap, easy to set up and works well. During my lecture I joked
that the tool was so common that even I couldn’t affect its price.
then a dumb thing slipped out of my mouth. I told everyone in the
classroom (about 120 people) they had one week to buy all the No. 80s
they could get their hands on and that I would blog about the tool on
Oct. 11 (which I did).
We all had a good laugh.
Little did I know that blogger Aaron Marshall was listening.
done an analysis of the prices of No. 80s before and after the
conference. I’ll let you see his data (there are multiple charts) and
Visit Aaron Marshall’s The Garage Shop blog.
— Christopher Schwarz