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Blog entry by skidooraceing posted 05-04-2014 04:18 AM 890 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had found a hand plane at a garage sale and bought it for $5 without really knowing what kind of plane it was. It is a small plane around 6 inches long. The plane is missing the chip breaker and lever cap. When I got it home I took some rust off the blade it had the Stanley logo and a patent date of 1892. I looked up online about it and believe its a Stanley no. 1. Im wondering if anyone knows much about Stanley no. 1’s and what the price of a none complete no. 1 would be?



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#1 posted 05-04-2014 04:20 AM

Pics would kinda help…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#2 posted 05-04-2014 04:40 AM

Here are some pictures. If you need others I can take some. Thanks.

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#3 posted 05-04-2014 04:45 AM

Very good find for $5 I’d say. Spend $50 on a lever cap/$35 for a breaker then sell it ‘barn fresh’ for $800+ on ebay…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 05-04-2014 04:49 AM

Thank you for getting back to me. I have checked eBay for the breaker and lever cap but could not find them. Do you know any place I can buy them?

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#5 posted 05-04-2014 05:27 AM

I deal in plane parts all the time and I see those parts go for well over 100 each. Good luck even finding them. If your serious i would set up a search on ebay and “follow it” so it will send you an email when one is posted. Nice find. Send me a message if you want to part with it.

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#6 posted 05-04-2014 10:33 AM

There you go, primary source info from deycart, who knows his stuff. Good luck!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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skidooraceing

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#7 posted 05-04-2014 02:45 PM

Thanks guys for sharing your knowledge. I think for now I will hold on to it and see if I can find parts but if I can’t I will probably part with it.

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#8 posted 05-05-2014 12:28 PM

That’s a great find for $5. It’s probably one of the most sought after collector plane out there.

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

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skidooraceing

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#9 posted 05-05-2014 10:21 PM

It surprised me when I got the plane home and started to realize what I actually had. It was a jaw dropping moment when I started to research it.

Two more quick questions for you guys:

Do I clean it up more and get rid of the rust or leave it the way it is?

Also would it add more value if I bought a breaker for it but still missing the lever cap?

Thanks

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#10 posted 05-05-2014 10:40 PM

I would clean the rust off, but not re-paint it. Partial planes tend to get way less than complete planes. Especially high value planes. If you are going to spend the time and collect the parts you should buy them all. However if you have little experience cleaning planes I would leave it for someone else.

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#11 posted 05-05-2014 11:21 PM

I agree and will add if you’re going to sell it as parts, sell each part one at a time and clearly state what its from.

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

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#12 posted 05-05-2014 11:27 PM

Ditto.

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#13 posted 05-06-2014 04:32 AM

Thanks guys… I will keep that all in mind. I am pretty new to the hand plane world and also wood working world. I’m glad I came to this site and forum it has been a big help. I know I have been having a lot of fun learning about hand planes and how they work. I know where I can come to get advise and answers. Thanks again guys you have been a real big help.

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#14 posted 05-06-2014 04:39 AM

That’s the plane most Stanley plane collectors dream of finding,super find.

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#15 posted 05-08-2014 03:13 PM

I would keep it and fine all the parts, then sell it.

I picked up a new knob and tote for $30 for mine. A blade was around $30. Keep your eyes peeled.

A levercap will be hard. I sold mine with a broken one.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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