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Forum topic by Dutchmn posted 07-24-2015 06:48 PM 960 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2015 06:48 PM

Was out a local thrift store today and picked up a few items: a Zylizz vice, Stanley No.98 marking gauge and what I believe is Stanley No. 60-1/2 plane all for $40. The rear knob on the plane is broke as well as part of marking gauge and the vise is just the vise part.

Any idea on years theses were made?

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#1 posted 07-24-2015 07:40 PM

I don’t know anything about the marking gauge or the vise. The plane does appear to be 60 1/2 and is pre-1930’s. They switched to a cross-hatch style knurl on the back adjustment knob and stamped “Stanley” in the knob face sometime in the 30’s. The plane was first made in 1902. So it was made sometime between 1902 and 193?. I’m not sure exactly what year they changed the knobs but I seem to recall it was early 30’s. If there are no cracks in the sole and the adjustment knob is still usable, you’ve got yourself a good user (with a bit of elbow grease) for stubborn end grain that’s well worth 1/2 of what you paid for the whole lot. Wish I could find one at my flea market! Seems the only planes left in this neck of the woods are #5s.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 07-24-2015 08:03 PM

Thanks Kenny, I paid $8 for plane, besides the knob being broken the sole has a chunk missing

I bought it to clean up and use as a display piece.

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#3 posted 07-24-2015 09:11 PM


Definitely a display piece.

The marking gauge should still be usable its not the fence side.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#4 posted 07-24-2015 11:22 PM

60 1/2 is fairly common. I would save the good parts. You will likely come across another 60 1/2 in need of missig parts.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#5 posted 07-25-2015 12:35 AM

Sharpen it up and try it. I’ll bet it will surprise you.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#6 posted 07-25-2015 12:43 AM

The 60 1/2 is a great plane but not that one. A broken casting on the plane body is not good especially near the mouth. Display or parts, not a user.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 07-25-2015 01:26 AM

Sharpen it up and try it. I ll bet it will surprise you.

- Don W

I tend to agree that a busted sole is no user. But, if Don W told me to sharpen it and try it, I’d be inclined to do just that.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 07-25-2015 01:51 AM

I planed on trying it just for the hell of it after I clean it up lol. Will be a good learning experience on restoring with out the the worry about messing up a really nice one

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#9 posted 07-26-2015 05:19 PM

The PO of that plane probably used it to remove nail and screw heads from wood.

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#10 posted 07-26-2015 05:25 PM

I’d sharpen it up and use it as well. The #62 low angle jack I have has a busted mouth similar to that; you’d never know in use.

My guess is, someone tried to take too much material with it. Doesn’t mean it can’t still handle normal work.

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

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#11 posted 07-26-2015 07:30 PM

BTW, it is ZyliSS. No Zs.


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#12 posted 07-26-2015 08:04 PM

BTW, it is ZyliSS. No Zs.

- Bill White

Isn’t it a Zyliss. ONE Z? ;-)

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