Help on value of old no. 45 handplane.

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Forum topic by juicegoose posted 01-11-2016 12:02 PM 602 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2016 12:02 PM

I have had an old Stanley No.45 hand plane sitting in a small box for years. Honestly don’t remember where it came from but I’ve never used it and was interested in possibly selling it to someone that will use it. I looked on eBay and the values are all over the map. Could someone with more knowledge than me help a young buck out as to a rough estimate of value. Here are some pictures I took of the hand plane.

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#1 posted 01-11-2016 12:12 PM

Prices do vary widely on those. I have one that’s much nicer and complete with the original wooden box I bought for $150. I have a second one that much nicer and about the same number of parts I bought for $35. I’ve also seen them sell for $250 (not to me). The best thing might be to list it on e bay with no reserve and let the bidders decide. Sorry I offer anything more concrete, someone more knowledgeable (that would be most folks) may offer better advice.

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#2 posted 01-11-2016 12:38 PM

Thats floral design and knob on sliding fence indicates an early model, (prior to 1915) which definitely merits a “vintage” in the description.

It appears to be missing the rear slitter/slitter cutting stop (most are), and long rods. It has the fence knob which is rare they are usually MIA. This outweighs the missing parts in the value of the plane, IMO>

You’re right the planes are all over the place it all depends on condition.
If you’re putting it up for auction I would expect a plane w/ blade set to bring $80-100, but there are a lot of these planes around and only the complete, pristine planes with the original boxes bring the big bucks.

On an Ebay auction, I paid around $50 for my plane and another $50 for a set of blades.
My plane was of similar vintage but missing the short rods and one of the spurs (those spurs are HARD to find).

Before you sell it, why not give it a whirl?
Hope this helps.

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#3 posted 01-11-2016 01:39 PM

Thanks for the help guys. I’ve thought before about taking her for a spin but I honestly don’t do woodworking like I thought I originally would.

Hence my asking on value. It’s just sitting and I don’t want it to go to waste.

If anyone is interested in it shoot me a p.m. and lets work something out.

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