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Blog entry by Jtnguyen posted 04-22-2012 12:36 PM 1055 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all,

First of all, I am a woodworking nob. It is a hobby that I’ve found very relaxing. Over the weekend I’ve ran into a number of hand planes and could not resist. I got a Stanley Bailey no 8c, Miller Falls no 18B, Stanley Bailey no 6, Craftsman no 5 size, unknown no 5 size, new Stanley no 4, Stanley no 110 block plane, and a set of Stanley no 60 butt chisels. All of this for the price of $123. A couple plane needs work but most are producing nice shavings. I don’t need all of them so I am thinking of letting the Bailey 8C and 6 go.

I have a couple questions:

1. What is the value of the Bailey no 8c?
2. The unknown no 5 have a “DHP” iron and “5 VS 0?” stamped in the body. Does anyone know what this could be?

Sorry for the lack of pictures. I didn’t know about the 5MB rule.



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#1 posted 04-22-2012 01:43 PM

Welcome John,

I would try and use them all over a period of time and then determine what you want to keep. Without pictures of the planes, it is hard to tell what they are worth. One mans “perfect” is another mans “mess”. You know what I mean?

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 02:07 PM

Thanks for the welcome ShipWreck. I know exactly what you mean. I tool some quick pictures of them. I like them all but am not sure when I am needing the 8.

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 03:14 PM

Wow…. thats one hell of a deal you got. The no#8 could be traded off for a #6 or #7. But the rest I would put to use. The #8 looks to be in decent condition for what I can see. It should easily get $75.00-$100.00 on Ebay. Just make sure you provide detailed pictures. It helps to have the chip breaker, cap, and blade disassembled for the pictures as well.

You should repost this in the hand tool forum. The guys will go nuts. :)

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#4 posted 04-22-2012 06:39 PM

The 8c is probably diminished for a collector by the hole, for a user it shouldn’t matter, that will keep its value to the lower end of the scale though if you sell it you will still recoup most of your cost for the whole lot. I would agree with Shipwreck’s general assessment of the value. I also have no idea of the origin of the other. Welcome and enjoy nthe new tools,

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 04-22-2012 07:39 PM

The Stanley #60 is a good bench user. They look new out of the box. Not hollow ground and probably their back are not flattened. They don’t have the oggle factor so if you did not buy as a collector, they should give you years of good use. They would probably bring more on ebay than you paid for them.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 04-22-2012 08:10 PM

Thanks for the comments. At this point, I am leaning on keeping all of them. I don’t want to have seller’s remorse.

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Don W

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#7 posted 04-23-2012 11:34 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

Why do you want to sell the #8? Its a great jointer. I’d keep it. I use mine all the time to jointer longer boards, espeically for gluing panels. I agree with the $75-$100 accessment. Maybe a bit more if cleaned up and tuned.

Sharpen one of your #5 as a smoother and one as a jack.

You found some great dreals there. You bought almost a complete basic set of planes all at once.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#8 posted 04-23-2012 01:05 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, John. You sound like our kind of people and will fit right in.


-- 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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#9 posted 04-23-2012 01:27 PM

DonW: My original though when wanting to sell the #8 was I didn’t think I need something that big. I don’t plan on making any door so I don’t know if I am ever going to use it. But after cleaning it a bit yesterday, it just looks so darn cool, I don’t think I can get rid of it even at the full estimate price.

Thanks helluvawreck. I’ve been lurking the site and the members here are real nice. Just be patient with me as I have no experience at all in woodworking. My obsession all started with making a simple utility table using a miter saw six months. Now, I am looking everywhere for tools.

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Don W

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#10 posted 04-23-2012 04:59 PM

all I can say is plans tend to change. You’ll be using it sooner than you think. And, like you say, it so darn cool!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#11 posted 04-24-2012 01:15 AM


Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

Nice catch on the planes.
With what you’ve saved, compared to the purchase price of each one individually, you could put together a fine sharpening system.

Work Safe and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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