Car-boot sale treasures #2: Yorkshire tool gloat

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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 08-24-2010 12:03 AM 2117 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Quite an assortment - 29 May 2008 Part 2 of Car-boot sale treasures series Part 3: One man's boat anchor... Stanley 55 find. »

It’s not as if I don’t have planes, but confronted by these two (A Stanley #4 and a Record #5) yesterday at a local car boot sale (flea market?), what could I do but buy them? Especially when the vendor dropped the price before I’d even had chance to haggle. Five pounds for the two seemed more than reasonable. Seven dollars 75 cents is a rough conversion. The #5, especially, is somewhat knocked about, but think of the hours of pleasure I’ll get in resurrecting them!

Is there a good website for dating Stanleys?

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 12:26 AM

Stew. Just back from vacation and reviewing some of the things that I missed when I saw these planes. There is a web site or 2 that can help you dating the Stanley but can’t remember the name offhand, If you haven’t already done so try Googling ‘Stanley planes’ and I sure you can locate it.Had any rain Yet? . We passed through Heathrow in mid July and it looked like central Texas in August.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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Tim Dahn

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#2 posted 08-24-2010 12:38 AM

You had no choice but to buy them ;)

Check out this site: plenty of Stanley plane info.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#3 posted 08-24-2010 01:00 AM

great find … and the fun begins

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 01:47 AM

You will have so many wonderful hours,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 02:08 AM


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 02:25 AM
You’ve got your work cut out for you, old friend. I suspect you are more than up to the task, however.
Having taken a trip or two around the ritual of revamping a neglected tool, I would suggest a new aftermaket chipbreaker and blade. I use Craftsman Studio here in the States, but I am sure there must be some enterprising fellow in Sheffield…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 08-24-2010 02:26 AM
Try this site.
Good find, nice price.
Restoring them is fun.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 08-24-2010 04:09 AM

It’s nice to fix these old fellows up and make them shop worthy again. Great find.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#9 posted 08-24-2010 05:16 AM

Old dogs look for a good home…enjoy, BC

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#10 posted 08-24-2010 12:30 PM

you just had to by :-) sure
5pounds = ca. 45kr. estimated time on each 15 hours = 1.50 kr. pr. hour = a very cheap Hobby :—)

look forward to see the progress on them


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#11 posted 08-24-2010 09:54 PM

You have some work to do Sir! Nice find and good luck.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#12 posted 08-25-2010 06:43 AM

Nice Stew, I am looking for a #7 or 8 now. They should clean up nicely.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#13 posted 08-25-2010 08:38 PM

Great find



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#14 posted 08-25-2010 08:46 PM

> Is there a good website for dating Stanleys?

Nice score with the planes. You might even enjoy using them.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#15 posted 08-25-2010 09:52 PM

OOH now I´m interressted Rance….....LOL

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