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The joys of rust hunting #1: Tool finds for the day (The stanley #2 story)

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Blog entry by Don W posted 1103 days ago 1685 reads 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So i spent all day yesterday (Saturday) in airports and on airplanes getting home from Seattle. We had plans to go to a large flee market that was a little over a 2 hour drive from home. I was pleased when my wife recommended we stay closer to home.

The first shop we stopped in I saw a reliant scroll saw. It was marked $50 and looked in good shape. I asked if we could plug it in and turn it on. Sure was the reply, you want a price first. Well, its marked $50 I said. Oh, thats what I paid for it. So needless to say, it was more than I needed a scroll saw. At this point I’m thinking the day was going to be a pretty big bust.

Next shop was better. I looked a t a few planes and some tools when my wife said, “hey, there are some planes over here”. As i walked up I was drawn to this particular plane. Is that a Number 2? I picked it up. And I picked it up just as you see it.

I then looked to see if it was really a #2.

So now my heart is starting to pump a little faster. Really, I found a Stanley #2 in a consignment shop?
How much can it be? I very slowly turned over the price tag. $28. No way I thought. I just stood and stared. I was almost afraid to move. Of course, as the saying goes, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. So I now turned the plane over.

For $28 I bought it anyhow. It will work fine as a user and I could part it out (not that I ever would) and get my money back.

As we’re driving home we stumble on a guy selling antiques out of his garage. We stop and started to look around. He had several Stanley plane but the prices were retail, and maybe a little more. I picked up this bedrock 605. It wasn’t marked but figured based on the other prices it would be out of my price range. He was chatting with my wife so I decided to ask. $50

Well, I couldn’t pass that up. It’s a sweetheart in almost perfect shape except for a few paint spatters. This one will definitely just get a good cleaning and sharpening. No restore needed.

After some other searching, I picked up this nice Stanley knuckle plane. I thought it was an #18, but it doesn’t have an adjustment knob. It’s got an adjustable mouth like an 18, but no knob. Its in really good shape and it was $10.

And finally I wanted a few more calipers for working on the lathe, b ut for $60, I bought the whole lot.

Total take on the day:

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



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Manitario

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#1 posted 1103 days ago

the #2 is probably a chinese fake, why don’t you send it to me and I’ll dispose of it for you….seriously nice finds!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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WayneC

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#2 posted 1103 days ago

Nice haul. The 605 looks to be a gem. On the block plane, I would guess the lever is missing. You should be able to find a replacement from a parts plane or such.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Don W

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#3 posted 1103 days ago

Wayne, that was my first thought. If that’s the case I don’t understand how it goes on. It doesn’t have a hole like all of the others.

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

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WayneC

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#4 posted 1103 days ago

Actually my guess is that it is an early 9 1/2 with a #18 lever cap on it. I spent some time looking on blood and gore….

http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan2.htm

What you think?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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CharlesAuguste

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#5 posted 1103 days ago

Great finds Don!!!! about that block plane, it got an adjustment brass nut in the back i really think its an 18,
but it is missing that little brass slider at the front knob. Like you see on this pic!!!

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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WayneC

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#6 posted 1103 days ago

There are pictures of a #15 where the nose looks like that. So I am guessing early 9 1/2, 15 or similar with a #18 knuckle joint lever cap…

You might want to measure the plane and check it against B&G.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 1102 days ago

Excellent haul. Did I mention I hate you?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Don W

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#8 posted 1102 days ago

Wayne, you could be right. I went back out to the shop and the parts from my 9 1/2 are interchangeable and look similar. My 9 1/2 is a bit newer I think, but it could be it.

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

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Don W

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#9 posted 1102 days ago

So now i need to find an 18 with a 9 1/2 lever cap. He did mention something about fooling the rookie tool collectors.

Charlie, Charlie, Charlie. Here I thought we were friends.

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

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CharlesAuguste

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#10 posted 1102 days ago

Don i dont know where you go to find all these great tools but i live somewhat close to you and all i find is chisel with plastic handle!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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WayneC

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#11 posted 1102 days ago

I would just clean it, sharpen and use as is. I prefer the knuckle block planes. My favorite is the #65…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Don W

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#12 posted 1102 days ago

Charlie. Next weekend we’re headed to Round Lake, real close to you. Today it was Whitehall and Fair Haven way. I’ll send the names of the shops if your interested. Be glad to give you a list of the spots I typically hit. The ones today were new to me.

And Wayne, that was my plan all along. Thanks…......

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

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therookie

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#13 posted 1102 days ago

what a great find

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David Grimes

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#14 posted 1102 days ago

You sure know how to find them. Great haul !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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racerglen

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#15 posted 1102 days ago

I realy must get out more often..

;-)’

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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