Planes #1: Found a no5 and no3

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Blog entry by Matt posted 09-05-2014 01:26 AM 1397 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now, I know you all will say you find planes for $1, but I have had no such luck. Last weekend I picked up a Stanley Victory #5 in nice shape for $20 and then stumbled on an ebay ad for a $15 montgomery ward plane “and another”. The pictures were blury, but I was pretty certain I could make out a #3 on the front of the plane. I figured for $15 I’d roll the dice.

The box came and I was happy to find a Stanley no3, a little rusty, but not bad. The seller through in a spare blade that is a monster. It is marked Ohio Tool Co, cast steel, warranteed. It tapers from about 1/8th inch to about 3/16” at the cutting end. The monkey ward was crap with a tiny bed for the frog, but I will salvage some parts off of it for the future.

The next few days I will rehab them and post pics.

-- I do this for fun.

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Don W

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#1 posted 09-05-2014 11:59 AM

Good deal. Waiting for the pictures.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 09-05-2014 01:47 PM

Without seeing any pix, it sounds like you scored a pretty good deal with the #5 and #3. The MW plane is as expected. Wards and Sears were not known for providing high end tools. Their products were aimed toward the average handyman rather than for the professional cabinet maker or joiner trades.

-- Ed

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Don W

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#3 posted 09-05-2014 05:18 PM

The early Wards Masters were just rebranded Stanleys, identical in every way except the name. They then went to being rebranded Victors. These will have a the typical Victor twisted Lateral. Still a pretty decent plane. I don’t know where they went after that, but if it’s either of the two above, it should make a really good user.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 09-05-2014 05:58 PM

Here in Vancouver, Canada, I also don’t get a lot of opportunities for ”$1” planes (actually haven’t found any local worth buying yet), and shipping from US through eBay totally throws away any chances I have with those as well. The one break I caught was when our local Lee Valley had a huge sale on antique tools the’d been hording over the years. Got a 4 and a 5, but still not quite as good a deal as yours.

Congrats for the find!

-- Jeffrey S. Ovens, Canada

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