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Around the Shop #2: A Stanley #1. I bought it for the Grandkids. Really I did!

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Blog entry by Don W posted 08-20-2012 01:59 PM 2493 reads 0 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Walker Turner 16"Bandsaw. The things that dreams are made of. Part 2 of Around the Shop series Part 3: Another weekend of some Flea Market finds. »

So any one who admires hand tools and hand planes in particular will want a Stanley #1. I’ve been no exception. I’ve managed to resist addiction even after all of the vices I’ve encounter. I never even decided to stop, and in most cases never really started, it just sort of fell out of favor. (well except the drinking, I still dabble in that). I’ve always been able to have a cigarette with a friend, or while having a morning coffee with a friend or co-worker as a social activity, and then not have another for months and months. But these damn hand planes……..

While antiquing in the central NY region this past week end, I stumbled upon a Type 2 or 3 Stanley #1. Now this isn’t a Cinderella story, as I paid more than $20 for it. But I also paid far less then the $700 – $1500 I typically see them going for on Ebay, so I’m particularly happy. And at the request of some friends over on HPOYD’s thread, here are some comparison photos.

If you’ve never held one of these in your hands, you just don’t understand.

Sitting next to a #8

Sitting next to a #5

Sitting next to a #4

In between a #18 and a #220

And finally next to a #100

This completes the set of having every size #1-#8 of the bench planes. Now to find the #602!

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



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#1 posted 08-20-2012 02:00 PM

I’m still looking to find one at a antique store that isn’t $1900.00

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 08-20-2012 02:03 PM

Thats really awesome, Don. Congrats on completing your set!

-- Jason K

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#3 posted 08-20-2012 02:13 PM

Love the comparison shots !
Somehow I never realized just how tiny they are ..
Or do you just have basketball player hands ??

;-)
Nice score..u suk..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#4 posted 08-20-2012 02:19 PM

Wow! That knuckle block really puts things in perspective! I don’t remember the #1 being THAT tiny.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 08-20-2012 02:19 PM

I had the pleasure to hold a few, and yes they are very tiny, like a small toy, i dont own one,
congrats don the question is will you use it? or just let it collect dust like most?

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

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#6 posted 08-20-2012 02:20 PM

I’m afraid the only one I’ll ever own, Charles, is the Lie Nielsen. I’m not sure I could even spend $500 on the Stanley, although if I found one in the wild, I’d probably eat these words;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 08-20-2012 02:28 PM

Very good DonW, thanks for the comparison shots it really
puts the #1 into perspective.

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Don W

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#8 posted 08-20-2012 02:30 PM

Al, I’ve bid $200 on used Lie Nielsen on ebay and always lose. I would have walked for $500 to. That would have been to high for me as well.

Charles, I’m not sure I will use it myself. Its really to small, but I will let my grandkid use it when they are old enough to understand the phrase ’’you don’t want to see grampa cry”.

This is as far as my 2 fingers will go through.

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

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#9 posted 08-20-2012 02:33 PM

Congrats Don. :D

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 08-20-2012 02:42 PM

Cool! I really like those!

AJ

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#11 posted 08-20-2012 02:47 PM

Wow, sweet deal at $20, You dont really appreciate how small it is until you see It next to the #4 and the blocks. Pretty cool. Arent you tempted to sell it knowing how much they go for on ebay?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 08-20-2012 02:49 PM

Wow, so tiny, we need a picture of a 4year old holding it.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 08-20-2012 02:50 PM

Mauricio, it would have been even a sweeter deal at $20, but its as I paid more than $20 for it, Quite a bit more actually.

No, I have no temptation to sell it. That would be admitting I have a problem!

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

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#14 posted 08-20-2012 03:05 PM

My grandson will be around tomorrow, but I’m afraid he won’t want to give it back.

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

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#15 posted 08-20-2012 03:14 PM

Wow Don, very cool, congrats on the score!!

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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