This is just a quick blog with a tip for other guys like me who like restoring old planes.
Sometimes you will run into a plane where you have a missing a small part such as a screw or bolt. You may also run into one where the part is stripped or damaged beyond repair. I see that there are a lot of people who sell these parts on ebay and sometimes the bidding price for the part is more then you paid for the plane.
I recently won an auction on ebay for a Wards Master plane. My bid winning bid was 0.99 cents. With shipping I only paid 11 dollars for the pnd lane. I was the only bidder and I assume its because its a Wards Master and not a Stanley. I got the plane and cleaned it up a bit and was surprised to see that it was almost an exact copy of the Stanley Bailey planes. The tote and knob bolts as well as the adjustment screw were both solid brass, identical to the brass hardware on the Stanley’s. The frog was the same type as the later Stanley models and was an identical match to my Stanley frog when I compared them.
I actually needed some of these small parts so I cleaned them up and put them on my Stanley planes. I checked ebay again and found another Wards Master plane again with a very very low price. I bid on it and won that one also. That one also had solid brass hardware and was a clone of the Stanley planes.
I could turn around and sell just the brass parts on ebay and get more for those then what I paid for the planes.
I thought I would share this. Rather then buying just the parts you need, it may be cheaper to buy a whole plane like this and then you can have all the parts. Or even just fix the plane up and use it. Its no different the the Bailey planes and would make a great user for a fraction of the price.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"