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Three Rusty Planes #3: Plane Pain

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Blog entry by Makarov posted 04-18-2015 03:07 AM 1119 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I purchased a reasonable Stanley #4 that needed some work but looked solid from Ebay.
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When the postal worker walked towards me with the package it was a two day shipping plastic envelope. When I picked it up off the counter it rattled. When I opened it I was sick, it was now an expensive paper weight.
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An hour or so of computer time and two weeks of waiting I had a check in my hand.

Priority shipping from the post office comes with $50 insurance so it was easier to file a claim than box it up and ship it back to the seller.

Lesson learned when buying fragile items that look like they are built like a tank email the seller and warn them to package well.

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun



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TheFridge

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#1 posted 04-18-2015 03:17 AM

Sounds like you got a #4 chisel plane for free!

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Makarov

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#2 posted 04-18-2015 03:57 AM

I have thought of making a transitional out of it. good tote etc.

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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#3 posted 04-18-2015 06:10 PM

Sorry to hear about it. Another hard lesson on the highs-and-lows of ebay.

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#4 posted 04-18-2015 07:10 PM

This goes to prove that the USPS can destroy anything … even a Sherman tank or a #4.

Makarov, I find #4’s at the flea markets and garage sales for under $20 … a lot of folks want a whole lot more than what they are worth, but I make an offer, and some sell at the offer price.
I picked up Stanley #5 and a #6 in fair shape for $20 AND $25 … At a garage sale I found a Stanley #4 that still had the decal on the tote. ... The guy made me pay $7.50 for it, but I agreed.

Look around a bit and don’t get excited, there are lots of ‘em out there.
You know that Ballard was the woodworker capital of the west in the 1800’s during the wood ship building days, and lots of those old tools are still in the Seattle area.

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Makarov

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#5 posted 04-18-2015 07:16 PM

I live in a small town, between the ocean and a bay, so haven’t found a Stanley plane that wasn’t rusted beyond saving in two years. Seattle is two hours away but may be moving to AZ so perhaps I will be finding better deals.

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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#6 posted 04-20-2015 02:58 PM

That sucks. But at least you got your money back and some parts you can use.

I think a lot of people assume metal is unbreakable so it doesn’t need any special packaging, but vintage cast iron is fairly brittle.

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