A year ago I cleaned up my two planes. One was a Stanley block plane. The other was an Ace Hardrware knock-off that I had purchased a few years ago. They cleaned up well and are usable planes.
After reading information here and on other sites I decided I should really try to find a used Stanley #5. The knock-off was similar to a #4. I thought this would be enough to equip my shop for my needs.
I started cruising CL and Ebay. My wife began wondering why I had a desire to walk through antique stores and looked longingly as we drove past rummages sales and flea markets. I mistakenly bought a 5-1/4 thinking it was a #5. I thought well, that’s OK. Later I found a #5, then a #3. I came across a good deal on a pair of #4s. Looking on CL I spotted what I thought was a #2, so I called and ran out to purchase it. It turned out to be a #1. A few weeks ago I found a reasonably priced #2 on Ebay.
This is the #1. I placed the age about 1923-1928.
This is the #2. I think it’s from the early 1900’s.
This is the #3.
These are the #4s. Two are serviceable. One is for parts.
This is the #5-1/4. It is a “Junior Jack Plane”. I wonder if I should curve the blade and make it into a scrub plane.
These are the two #5s. The front one is from the early 1900’s.
This is a #7. It is pretty rough. I probably should not have purchased it. It’s going to need lots of cleaning up.
My wife put her foot down and said I should clean up the ones I have before buying any more. I’m in about $400. I think I could cash out my pension and keep going. Who needs to eat?
I did a quick clean up on the #1. I started doing a serious clean up on the #3. I’ve found that it was a repaired plane. The tote is rosewood but the knob is not. The blade was replaced. It is stamped “Kunz” made in “West Germany”. That means the replacement part is over 20 years old.
I’m not trying to make these planes museum quality. I want planes that I will use and that’s my goal. This will be a long process. I will work on them in between other projects. I’ll post progress as it happens.