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stropper

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02-17-2016 12:39 AM

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Hi everyone,

I have an opportunity to purchase these planes, but I have not got myself educated quickly enough on this aspect of woodworking. It is a Craiglist ad, this guy is going to be at a swap meet tomorrow, I’ve talked to the gentleman on the phone and ask him what he was looking to get for the collection and he stated $1000. Here’s the link to the ad:
https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/tls/5448345859.html
If you would be so kind to tell me what you think it would be much appreciated. I know you can’t tell much from all the pics, but read the ad this maybe worth haggling with him.

Thanks
Sean

-- 'It's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it"


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jdmaher

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#1 posted 02-17-2016 01:24 AM

If you’re looking to get started collecting/restoring old planes, maybe that’s a way to do it.

If you’re looking for planes for woodworking, I believe you can start with much less for much cheaper.

That’s what I do with each aspect of woodworking, start small and cheap and see if I like it. I can always spend more later if I really need to.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Tim

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#2 posted 02-17-2016 01:49 AM

Overall looks like a lot of parts what wouldn’t make that many sought after planes when assembled. $1000 is a lot to start with, so I’m with Jim.
That said, second picture, third one down is a Miller’s Falls Buck Rogers plane. Not in great shape, but maybe it would clean up well.
http://oldtoolheaven.com/bench/buckr.htm

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James Wright

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#3 posted 02-17-2016 02:34 AM

As a guy that is always rebuilding planes I would love to have all of those parts on hand. and I could easily turn that collection around and make a profit. However, if you have never restored a plane and or are looking for a usable tool to learn on I would counsel ageist these unless you have the money to burn.

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 02-17-2016 02:43 AM

No friggin’ way would I pay $1K for that. It’s not a collection, more like a pile. Too many parts, not enough complete. And the complete ones I do see are nothing special.

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

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WillliamMSP

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#5 posted 02-17-2016 03:16 AM

Do you want a part-time job for the next year?

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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TheFridge

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#6 posted 02-17-2016 03:18 AM

I was thinking more along the lines of 200-300$ if I felt like selling parts off.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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HokieKen

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#7 posted 02-17-2016 03:28 AM

$1000 is way too much. Can’t even tell if they are quality maker and vintage planes for most of the complete ones. They are mostly common sizes and there’s not many specialty planes or jointers. $400 would be the ceiling for me personally. And that’s only to flip ‘em on ebay.

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

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benchbuilder

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#8 posted 02-17-2016 01:12 PM

Not being nasty but I believe you need to spend time learning more about hand planes and not money at this time!!

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JayT

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#9 posted 02-17-2016 01:34 PM

Another that doesn’t see $1000 there. The Buck Rogers is a desirable plane, but other than that, I don’t see anything worth getting excited over. Better pics of each individual plane might show something different, but I wouldn’t count on it.

If you were already doing a bunch of restorations and reselling, then the parts may have some value. From the OP, you aren’t in that situation. Even then, at $1k paid, there’s not much to be made after you factor in the time to categorize everything and list it for sale individually.

If you are wanting some user planes, there are certainly some in there that could fit the bill, but there’s no reason to buy the whole lot just to get a few users.

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

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waho6o9

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#10 posted 02-17-2016 01:56 PM

http://www.leevalley.com/US/Wood/page.aspx?cat=1&p=41182

and or

The Plane Set offers three hand planes that every woodworker needs: a Block Plane, a Jack Plane and a Smoothing Plane. These are our favorites: The Low Angle Jack Plane, The No. 4-1/2 Smoothing Plane, and the Low Angle, Adjustable Mouth Block Plane.

https://www.lie-nielsen.com/nodes/4077/tool-sets

Save your money and get quality over quantity. It’s like a night and day difference.

If you want to fettle a plane go for it, but for 1K? ah no

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Fred Hargis

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#11 posted 02-17-2016 02:02 PM

I think it’s worth looking at (if restoring planes is something you want to get into). 45 planes @ $20 ea would be $900, and the parts would be worth something. Like me, he wants you to be looking at the pile before offering less…that’s not asking too much.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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WillliamMSP

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#12 posted 02-17-2016 02:33 PM


Like me, he wants you to be looking at the pile before offering less…that s not asking too much.

- Fred Hargis

Yes, but the problem is that the OP doesn’t know what he’s looking at.

Based on the pure numbers, yes, it looks like one could turn a profit, but it would probably be a hell of a grind, which makes the initial asking hard to swallow.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 02-17-2016 03:46 PM

You’re not going to get $20 for two-tones, Defiance, or Handyman planes. Common sizes, too. Blocks may have some sleepers, but see Bill’s reply RE: OP’s insight.

The Buck Rogers is the most interesting, but the only interesting one I can spot in all those pics. Anyone else seeing something unique?

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

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Don W

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#14 posted 02-17-2016 03:52 PM

look, talk, feel him out, make an offer. I’d be about half that or walk unless the pictures don’t tell the whole story.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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mramseyISU

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#15 posted 02-17-2016 04:00 PM



You re not going to get $20 for two-tones, Defiance, or Handyman planes. Common sizes, too. Blocks may have some sleepers, but see Bill s reply RE: OP s insight.

The Buck Rogers is the most interesting, but the only interesting one I can spot in all those pics. Anyone else seeing something unique?

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

I tend to agree with you. I saw what looked like a bunch of handymans in that pile. Those things complete are only worth about $5 at best. I’d walk. If he’s willing to drop $1k on some planes I’d follow the links waho6o9 posted and get some damn nice ones.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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