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04-20-2010 10:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane

I have been reading books that gave me the desire to work with hand tools.
One of the issue with working with hand tools, according to what I read in books and on forums,is that ‘things are not what they used to be”.
I read again and again that hand tools made today ( that I can afford) are junk and that to have any decent hand tools one need to buy used pre-WW2 tools.
Ok, so I have tried E-bay and Craig list with no-luck and the local swap meet, with no luck either.
I am sure that there are decent and honest used tools dealers on the on Internet. I just do not find them.
Do any one of you have tools for sale or do you know an honest used tool dealer?
I am especially looking for a Stanley #7 and a low angle block plane and possibly one or two hand saw.
Thank you.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 04-20-2010 10:33 PM

when you say no luck on ebay, do you mean you can’t find what you want or that you keep getting outbid? The reason I ask is because the tool dealers will be significantly more expensive than ebay. At least that has been my experience. The tradeoff is that if you go to a reputable one, you can get a product that is accurately described. I think Patrick Leach at has a pretty good reputation.

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#2 posted 04-20-2010 10:37 PM

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#3 posted 04-20-2010 10:46 PM

+1 for Patrick’s Blood and Gore.

You will probably pay about the same price as Ebay – maybe a bit more, but no worries about the quality of the tool.

-- rick

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 10:52 PM

Bert, I wouldn’t want to send you in the wrong direction. I am sure there are some great dealers on ebay. Whenever I look at an old plane I usually go to the guys ebay homepage and look at his transaction comments to see if there have been any negative comments towards him and the quality of his tools.

Of course I don’t trust anybody so I do a lot of research before I buy. Here are two awesome pages for old stanley’s:
This guy has a very good pictorial guide to figuring out what type and year Plane you are looking at.
Patrick’s Blood and Gore-The definitive guide to old Stanley planes, which to buy, and which are better left alone.

I usually reference these two pages, figure out what type/year I’m looking at from the first page, and then be sure to check “blood and gore” for the most common damage found on the said plane when buying used. If the dealer doesn’t supply enough photos of the plane to identify which “type” it is I usually skip it. I just bought a type 3 Stanley #7 Jointer made from 1873-1875. The dealer was more than happy to take as many photos as I wanted, as well as supply me with the source he used for identifying the age of the plane. When you find someone like that it makes for a great experience.


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#5 posted 04-20-2010 10:52 PM

HokieMojo ( did you explain how you go t your nickname in my other forum: how did you get your nickname. I do not remember reading your explanation, I am sure that it would be interesting). I have out bid every time.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 04-20-2010 11:00 PM

Thank you guys for you replies.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 04-20-2010 11:28 PM

This time of year, I begin attending various antiques and collectibles shows in Kentucky. I go to about two shows per month. Some of the shows have used tool vendors with very good selections. I have bought most of my tools this way – planes, chisels, hammers, miter-boxes, clamps, adzes, measuring devices, squares, etc. I’ve even purchased gently used power tools including: drill presses, band-saws, circular saws, etc.

-- 温故知新

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#8 posted 04-20-2010 11:37 PM

You could also check local anitque dealers and shows. I do a lot of antique hunting and often find old tools, lots of planes etc, at antique shows and stores.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 04-20-2010 11:41 PM

Check out local Auctions / Estate Sales, You will be surprised what is just around the Corner

Good Luck

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#10 posted 04-21-2010 01:30 AM

Sanford Moss, as recommended to me by Chris Schwarz,
Best in the west!

-- Chris L from Beatrice, NE

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#11 posted 04-21-2010 01:56 AM

You could also try here Meekers Patented Antiques

-- There is nothing like the sound of a hand plane passing across a board in an otherwise quiet shop.

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#12 posted 04-21-2010 03:28 AM

Hi Bert;

I have to say that I won’t spend any time looking for used hand tools. This is due to my own experiences teaching me to find a good old tool often costs as much or more than a fantastic new tool, and without the wild goose chases, or broken promises.

The new tools I buy I have no complaints with. That pretty much goes for all hand tools, from planes, to wood chisels, to carving tools, and hand saws.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 04-21-2010 04:05 AM

Don’t be discouraged by everything you are reading. Some old hand tools are great. Learn about the tool before you buy it from someone new, I found that if I don’t let them know how much I know they will soon tell me if they are reputable or not by what they are saying about the tool. Some people need NEW cars to get where they are going, while others can make an older vehicle do the same thing !
I personally prefer OLD TOOLS.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#14 posted 07-21-2016 12:40 AM

there is an LJer just opened an online store for vintage tools and he is offering a coupon to
other LJers the code is LJ1stTimer (it is case sensitive ) and I believe the coupon is good until 7/31/16
I’ve delt with him before,he’s a straight shooter

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#15 posted 07-21-2016 12:59 AM

Thanks Scott. I did just turn the site on this evening and the code is good until 7/31/2016. The web address is actually I haven’t had a chance to put everything up that I have that would take quite a while but if there is something you need and it doesn’t show up you can message me through the site. I’m not the only straight shooter out there but I do try my best.

The Lumberjocks discount code is LJ1stTimer and it’s good for 15% until the end of the month. I’ll always run some sort of specials for the guys here.


-- its better to plan on the task at hand than actually doing it........ You look smarter.

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