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07-31-2015 04:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane restoration

Hey I need advice. I have a liberty bell 105 that I am considering ebaying off. It has some rust and pitting. if I were keeping it I would make it pretty. but do e-bayers like the aged look or do they want a usable/clean tool?

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#1 posted 07-31-2015 04:17 PM

Depends on the buyer. A real collector will not want anything done to it so the patina and age is preserved, while someone buying a user will prefer to buy a cleaned up, ready to use tool.

Keep in mind that the #105, IMHO, is more of a collector piece than user. #5 Bailey’s and similar are extremely common (and therefore, cheap) and better users than your #105. If it were me selling it, I would just make sure there is no active rust and list it that way. Any active rust blooms, can be removed with light oil and a Scotchbrite pad, so as not remove any patina.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#2 posted 07-31-2015 04:20 PM

JayT is right, I’ll push a bit further down the ‘do nothing’ line, however.

I would want a #105 just as you have it, not cleaned or re-touched at all. Rust blooms ship just fine, leave it up to the buyer.

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

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#3 posted 07-31-2015 04:24 PM


I would want a #105 just as you have it, not cleaned or re-touched at all. Rust blooms ship just fine, leave it up to the buyer.

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Personally, I agree with you Smitty. The advice of cleaning up active rust blooms is an opinion that it will most likely bring more in an ebay listing that way than if it has orange rust showing up in the listing pics.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#4 posted 07-31-2015 05:43 PM

Totally understand the thought, JayT. And the following is to the OP:

It’s hard, but the more you ‘know your audience’ with any given vintage tool sale, the better. A #105 is not a common tool. Not thousands-of-dollars rare, but uncommon. Figure that much out by researching completed sales. Then disclose EVERYTHING about the condition you know and let the dice fall where they may. Uncommon / rare tools can have condition issues without impacting sell that much (thinking GOOD vs. Very Good, or even CLEAN are all pretty consistent. It’s NIB or NOS that blows price wide open). At that point, then, better off leaving it alone.

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

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#5 posted 07-31-2015 06:23 PM

eBayer’s pay more for restored tools, look for your self how much, then figure out how much effort you want to put in. Or just let it go, and move on to what interests you.

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#6 posted 07-31-2015 06:33 PM

thx all I went ahead and posted to the bay http://www.ebay.com/itm/111731472463?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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#7 posted 07-31-2015 06:48 PM

^ Looks like a good listing to me! No attempt to mask the condition, good or bad, on a plane that doesn’t come along very often. (they were used and abused…)

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

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#8 posted 07-31-2015 07:09 PM

thx all

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#9 posted 08-02-2015 04:48 PM

Is there a problem selling to Canadian addresses?

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#10 posted 08-02-2015 10:37 PM

No , it was a default setting. I would happily ship to whereever.its a cool plane, I just am trying to stick to my “only have tools I will use” rule and I have a good #3-8 set.

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