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.