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Update: Thanks very much to those of you who placed a bid (and especially to rwyoung, who has the winning bid) and to those of you who posted entertaining comments. To those of you we offended, my apologies — and I should point out that it was my idea, not my boss’s.

Also, it turns out my “new old stock” still-on-the-original hangtag useful bit gauge is worth $1 more than Chris’s nasty, oily, falling-apart useless “woobie.” I’ll take it! — Megan

Remember my blog entry about the Stanley No. 47 bit gauge? It is, hands down, the best depth gauge for auger bits.

I purchased one for $17.50 years ago. After I blogged about it, well, you know the rest. The price went up.

Recently Megan Fitzpatrick purchased one, and through a series of wacky misadventures, she ended up with two No, 47s. Though Megan loves boring, she does not need two bit gauges.

But she does need a new sink for her kitchen.

And so we are selling this one – it’s unused and in the original packaging – here on the blog. And because we want to add real content – not just sell you something – we had Megan pose with the item, as shown above.

Here’s how this works. Bidding starts at $1. If you want the item, enter your bid in the comments below. The highest bid at noon EST on Friday, April 29, 2011, wins the item.

Managing editor not included.

— Christopher Schwarz


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  • rwyoung

    A sproinger beats a woobie any day.

    $66

  • RobK

    A bit too far, but all in the name of fun. I’m in for $55.00 plus the shipping costs.

  • Duncan D

    Size 47 I see!!

  • Jim D

    Hey, Megan, you sure know how to get our attention,
    but I watched your “Carabiner” video several times
    just to enjoy your great smile in the last 2 seconds
    of the video! Keep up your great work!!!

  • Mike Craw

    Yeah, it’s unprofessional and sexist and demeaning, and it’s a good thing she wasn’t selling chisels…ah geez, now you’ve got me doing it!!

  • Clay Dowling

    On the advice of my spouse I am not allowed to bid on any managing editors.

  • Dennis Heyza

    “Women speak two languages – one of which is verbal.”

    William Shakespeare

    Looks like Megan is speaking the OTHER language here. And well spoken it is (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

  • djmueller1

    Yes – a tad unprofessional, but Ms. Fitzpatrick is an adult, I would assume consenting, and has in someway, acquiesced to the sexism.

  • netartsdave13

    Hey Guys, How about treating Megan like the Pro that she is, and cut the sexism. In this day and age, this is totally inappropriate. Megan has proven herself as a valued member of your staff, in my estimation, and should not be treated as a “sex” object, and Megan, if I were you, I would put my foot down on stunts like this, and think of all the negative publicity that it causes for the women that are trying to show that they can hold their own in the woodworking industry!

  • TwoHerbs

    So, who gets the money?

  • richardrank4

    I’m always looking for tools I don’t have. After seeing the picture, for some reason I can’t get my mind off this one. I’ll bid $40.50 for the depth gauge.

  • badger1402

    I don’t think that is how the depth gauge is used?

  • Necro

    $45, I need a fancy door stop.

  • tms

    Thanks anyway. In these cases, I prefer to use a ‘feeler’ gauge.

  • tomcarver

    This is pretty cheesy, even for you.

  • rboe

    Oh, there are so many ways for this to go wrong…..

    And you KNEW it! :^)

  • lawrence

    oh wait, I mean
    “how does this make me a better woodworker? humph humph..”

    (and I didn’t see the $35 bid…)
    On second thought $40 if it’s signed $35.50 if it isn’t (I want to hang it up with a framed copy of this article 🙂 )

  • lawrence

    How about adding a couple of autographs on the package?

    Either way- $10

  • funkyspacecowboy

    I received one of those gauges as a Christmas present from a fellow woodworker a couple years ago but the gift wrapping wasn’t nearly as attractive. I don’t think I’ll bidding on this gauge since I don’t need two of them, however I am really looking forward to Megan’s next surplus tool sale. And dreading Chris’s…

    -Josh

  • rlaude

    I think I hear HR stumbling over desks, chairs and dust collection ductwork (how’d that get on the floor?!) in her hurry to strangle you…

  • KC Kevin

    How about a poster-sized print of the photo? It would look good in my shop. As long as SWMBO doesn’t see it.

  • rwyoung

    Me Gusta!

    To get things started, $35

  • BillT

    Yikes! I’d buy that for a dollar!

    “Managing editor not included.”

    Oh….

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