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Handplane Treasure Trove #1: Craigslist find

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Blog entry by DouginVa posted 02-20-2013 07:33 PM 1576 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I found a C/L post or the sale of 7 hand planes. The only one I was interested in was a Stanley #7, so I inquired. The seller said he wanted $110 for all of them. Hmmmmm, I thought. If I could get him down some more that’d mean I’d pay a little more than $10 per plane. I could restore them, remove all the rust, sharpen the irons, etc. and sell em each for $25 or more. Except the #7….I want to keep that one.

So I offered $80, citing the amount of rust removal, etc. required. The guy quickly said, Ok…I just want to get rid of them. Then he asked if I was in to molding planes. I said certainly. He excused himself from the room and brought this back:

A Stanley #55….with 37 cutters! I didn’t know much about that plane, let alone how to work all the adjustments so I told him I’d have to learn more about the tool and I’ll get back to him. I offered $75 and I’m wainting for a reply.

So in the mean time I’m mixing up an electrolysis bath for the big box of planes and gonna let em cook.

Stay tuned for progress and end results.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 07:38 PM

Looks like a good haul there Doug. That 55 makes my head spin. With 37 cutters and the original tote and hot dog handle i think $75 is a good price on it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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BTimmons

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 07:46 PM

You should nab that #55 if you can. I hate fiddling with routers and all their loud noise, so I want one…bad.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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JayT

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 08:25 PM

Good buy on the box full. If you get that #55 for your offer, it would be totally gloat-worthy. They generally go for at least $200-300 with all the cutters. Even missing some, $75 would be a steal.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Dakkar

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 09:08 PM

I’ve bought and sold for years and you definitely scored. You’ll do fine on those. Absolutely take the 55 even if you have to come up a little.

Back in the ‘80s I used to browse a great old flea market and there was this old guy there every week with what I’d have to call a museum of interesting vintage hand tools—all for flea market prices. I’d talk with him forever, but only bought a few tools from him. If I could go back I would buy him out most every week. That stuff was gold and it’s not getting any less scarce.

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Don W

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#5 posted 02-21-2013 02:02 AM

good score.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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