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Blog entry by BJODay posted 416 days ago 1083 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have started buying Stanley planes. I’m not collecting for resale. I am purchasing for use. Over the last few months, I found a No. 7, No. 5-1/4 and a No. 3 on Ebay. They all need cleaning and sharpening. I also purchased 2 No. 4’s from Craig’s List.

While browsing CL last week I saw a posting for several hand tools. There was a picture of a bench plane. I called and asked the seller if it was a Stanley plane, he said no. The picture looked like a small plane with no lateral adjuster. I asked if I could drive out and take a look at it. I was thinking it was a Stanley No. 2.

When I arrived he showed me a couple of hand drills and 3 planes. The small one was a rusted, but complete Stanley No. 1. He was asking $30. I didn’t dicker. I bought it on the spot. I have never seen one, only pictures. I was surprised by how small it was. I had some pangs of guilt but I am not looking to resell at a profit. I intend to keep it and try using it on projects. If it doesn’t work well it’ll go on my mantel.

I’m going to try to post some pictures here before and after I clean it up. I hope the pics turn out well.


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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 416 days ago

You got a no. 1 for 30 dollars? Wow! Great score

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 416 days ago

Major gloat, and well deserved, congratulations BJ!

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#3 posted 416 days ago

What would the average market value of this plane be?

If the seller was happy with the price, you should not feel guilty.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#4 posted 416 days ago

There is one for sale right now (albiet an older version) for $791 and the reserve is not met yet.

-- Adam, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 416 days ago

That’s definitely a nice buy. I didn’t know there was a number 1. So I’m now looking for a no. 1 and a no. 2.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 416 days ago

I saw one go for $900 at an auction last fall. That one was in better shape rust-wise, but I think most collectors wouldn’t sniff at a little rust on a No. 1.

By the way, you suck :-)

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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