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Forum topic by firemedic624 posted 06-11-2015 02:08 PM 644 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2015 02:08 PM

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Good afternoon, like the title says I need some advice on a lot of planes being sold on ebay. I’m new at this but I think they look ok other than a few nicks on a couple of the handles. The listing contains two number 3’s, 4’s & 5’s; and a Stanley 6. Can anyone give me any advice. I just found this listing and it just under 3 hours left. It’s a buy it now lot for $199.99 with $41.00 shipping. Here is the link for the lot.

Thank you in advance.

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#1 posted 06-11-2015 02:15 PM

Some of the value may be “lost” in having duplicates from a user standpoint. If you were to watch and pick them off one at a time you could get a 3 thru 6 for less than $240. Maybe half that, and you could by the exact type vintage you are looking for too.

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#2 posted 06-11-2015 02:26 PM

I agree, a redundancy of 2 is undesirable. Wait and get a nice 3, 4, 5 and 6 if the vintage and condition you want. I was able to get a pre-1910 not 6 for $20 at a yard sale with good handles and did a restoration for minimal cost.

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#3 posted 06-11-2015 02:27 PM

It looks like the seller has relisted it. There is a reason it didn’t sell… it’s not a great deal. The #6 and #4 Stanleys look like they might be worth restoring, but you could probably pick both of those up individually for less than $100 total. The rest of the planes in the lot look like $10 yard sale specials to me. Not that you couldn’t fix them up and make them work… just not worth the price.

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

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#4 posted 06-11-2015 03:12 PM

Also, 3 and 4 are redundant in function.

Ideally, I would recommend #4, #5, #7 and a 60 1/2.

4 could be swapped with 3, 4 1/2 or 5 1/2

7 could be swapped with a #8 or perhaps a #6. (some folks are fans of the #6, I am not)

60 1/2 could be swapped for a #65, #9, #17, #18, or #19 adjustable mouth block planes. My personal preference is for low angle (#65, my favorite or #60 1/2)

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