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11-12-2015 03:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: auction hand tools worth bailey router plane disston

I’ve seen a local school is selling off what looks to be all of their hand tools from their woodshop program. Just curious what some of this stuff might be worth before I bid on it. One picture shows a router plane. Anyone able to identify it or tell if it is complete? The others are two lots of Disston saws, and a box of Bailey planes in unknown condition. The plane auction also includes a pretty good assortment of irons, chip breakers, lever caps, and at lease one spoke shave (not sure if complete). If I buy any of this, there is a good chance that at least a few items will make their way onto the Trade & Swap forum.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 02:36 PM

love that router plane. I’d bid on all of it.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 04:07 PM

Take ‘em all, clean them up, keep what you want and sell the rest.

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 04:33 PM

That’s a #71 router plane. Can’t tell from the pic whether all the irons (3) are with it. They usually have a 1/2”, 1/4”, and spear point cutter.
Other planes look kinda rough, but who knows what you could cobble together.
I see one spoke shave, and a #80 scraper plane.


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#4 posted 11-12-2015 05:08 PM

I don’t know about the other stuff but that jack planes sell daily on Ebay for $50 each(more or less). Whenever I see them for $20 or less, while thrifting, I pick them up. I, being a cheapskate, would easily pick up that box for $100.

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#5 posted 11-12-2015 05:38 PM

Good grief I am addicted to auctions right now. One thing I have found with school auctions is that their tools are usually (90% of the time) high quality and name branded. You don’t see any HF brand or junk equipment.

From the photos the planes look to be in good shape with few exceptions. even the rough ones can be cleaned up with a little effort. I would bid on it for the spoke shave and the #71, and then ebay or craigslist the rest for what you bid.
It’s really hard to tell what the Stanley Planes are but at a stab they could be 12-904’s ??? or maybe a #5
The router plane is worth about $100 (look on ebay right now).
A new scraper plan is $30-50 depending on quality.

I think you would get your moneys worth even up to $100 for the planer lot, then repair and sell 2-3 any make it a net zero out of pocket.

One of our LJ members has a great write-up on the Stanley plane restoration check out Dave’s blog if you do decide to buy.
Dave's Stanley Bench Plane Restoration

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#6 posted 11-12-2015 05:57 PM

I would skip the saws.

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

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#7 posted 11-12-2015 06:36 PM

I would pass on the router plane, unless you really want one. All the other items in that 1st picture are metal working machinist tools (lathe bits, die holders). Depending on the order in which they are auctioned off, I would bid the most for the planes, then the hand saws in the 3rd picture and lastly the back/miter saws in the 2nd picture. I wouldn’t go over $100 total.

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#8 posted 11-12-2015 06:38 PM

I would pass on the planes. You’ll end up with $25 – 35 invested in each plane ($12-15 for a blade and $15-18 for cap iron). With some cleaning up you might make $15-20 on them but you could get lucky on Ebay and get 65 or 70 for them, but since they are later types, I doubt it.

Panel saws: depends on the brands. If, for example, Disstons, I would go up to $25 each and sell what I don’t want on Ebay.

Tenon saws: again, brand. $15-20 each, sell the rest.

Router plane: $15-20. There are parts missing.

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

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#9 posted 11-12-2015 06:47 PM

Might take a closer look at those “jack” planes… toe bolts. Those MIGHT a more desirable Junior Jack Plane, as these were the ones made for schools. No. 5-1/4. The No.4? parts plane. There are TWO spokeshaves in with the planes. I would go after that box first

Backsaw? Might be a keeper in there. The rest will bring a bit of cash on FeeBay

Panel saws? Pass.

Router plane? A Keeper. people are making replacement irons from allen wrenches. The missing irons don’t cost all that much….sell a Junior Jack plane from the other box, and have plenty to buy the missing two cutters.

The two die wrenches? Hey, I have one of those, and have been using it. Go out and price one, then undercut the price a bit, and buy both of the ones in the picture. The wire brush can come in handy…for a $1…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#10 posted 11-12-2015 09:36 PM

Bandit has good eyes. Those planes are likely to be jr jacks.
The folded lateral adjust indicates those planes are newer planes and unlikely to have the rosewood knobs and totes.

I can’t tell for sure, the #4 could be a #3 instead (scaling to the 5-1/4). Also it appears to have a flat top body.
It could be a Bedrock body with a frog.

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#11 posted 11-13-2015 03:44 AM

Thanks for all the input. Very helpful, for sure. After looking through the other lots for sale I’ve seen ~5-6 braces, a bunch of auger bits, boxes of lathe chisels and files, and another lot of planes. I’ll keep you all posted…Auction ends Monday.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#12 posted 11-13-2015 05:23 AM

School systems that have stopped their woodworking programs (industrial arts in some places) can be a good source for some items. I think it was five years ago now, someone I know purchased 2 woodworking benches from a locality that had cut back their program, one of them was the model that a vice was on each corner with cabinets underneath a shelf beneath the work surface and one had one vice and a tool canal on the other side of it. Both were in well kept shape. I think he paid $100 for both of them

-- Norman

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#13 posted 11-17-2015 02:03 AM

I didn’t win the planes. There were ~18 of them divided into two lots, and I believe there were a few Bailey 5 1/4s and maybe two Bedrock 605s. Unfortunately ALL of the lever caps, chip breakers, and irons were in one lot, and the best planes were in the other. The two lots sold for $140 each, and I didn’t want/need them that bad. The Disston panel saws went for $23, and $89 for the #71 Router plane. A random box of stuff with at least 6 braces (unknown type) sold for $77. I did, however, win a few things:

Assorted auger bits: $6
LARGE assortment of files: $25
5 Disston Back Saws: $48 (a bit higher than I wanted to go, but oh well)
Delta DC 33 13” Planer: $290

That last item wasn’t really on my wish list, but I didn’t have a planer yet and the price seemed too good to pass up. It was probably over $1,000 when new.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#14 posted 11-17-2015 07:06 PM

I think you were prudent to walk away from the planes. Whoever paid $89 for the 71 got taken (IMHO). I sell those for about $60 if it only has one cutter. I was at an auction this past weekend where I had hoped to get some Lie-Nielsen and Veritas tools. There were 2 other guys there that wanted them and they ended up paying either more than retail or pretty darn close for most of them. I tried to explain to one of them that the LN #212 scraper plane is $175 new, but he ended up buying it for $140, plus a buyer’s premium of 18% and then 8% sales tax. That works out to $178.41.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#15 posted 11-17-2015 09:05 PM

Wow! That’s a tough auction. I would have probably walked away empty handed.

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