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Forum topic by scvwooding posted 09-28-2016 01:24 AM 371 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2016 01:24 AM

Don’t know much about planes. My neighbors is cleaning out his garage and wanted to gift me these three planes. I want to compensate him for them. Any idea what these are worth? Are they even worth purchasing?

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#1 posted 09-28-2016 01:30 AM

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#2 posted 09-28-2016 01:43 AM

I would need more pictures and what the marks are, particularly the read one. So any names and numbers on the planes. Otherwise I am guessing between $100 and $300. If the red one is a Sorby, then maybe a lot more.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#3 posted 09-28-2016 01:46 AM

Looks like a #9-ish type of block plane, a Stanley later model jack plane, and a some-kind-of (can’t read the name on the lever cap) jointer plane. The first two, easily worth $25-$40 combined. And depending on the pedigree of the jointer, add another $50 or more. Yes, they’re worth it if you want to get into hand tool woodworking.

EDIT: What is this Sorby of which you speak, Don? Gotta look that up!

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#4 posted 09-28-2016 01:57 AM

Hope this helps. I don’t have any other photos for now.

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#5 posted 09-28-2016 02:07 AM

I don’t know about rapier. So I’m with Smitty now about $120 say.

Smitty: Here is the best picture of a red Sorby I could find.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#6 posted 09-28-2016 02:14 AM

We have at least one thread on Rapiers… started by poopiekat 2 years ago

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#7 posted 09-28-2016 02:19 AM

Ditto. If he just wants to give it away then 50$.

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

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#8 posted 09-28-2016 04:10 AM

I’ll pay shipping for the stanley if you don’t want it.

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#9 posted 09-28-2016 10:21 AM

I think Smitty hit the numbers. $40-$50 is fair for the Rapier. From what I’ve seen they are decent. The jack $25-$35 and $15 for the block.

This assumes there are no cracks or chips in the castings and around the mouth.

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#10 posted 09-28-2016 01:22 PM

So I over estimated, but it depends on what worth means.

Anyway they are a gift to you and so you must be careful. When receiving a gift the correct response is to be gracious and simply say thank you. It may be an insult to offer to pay for them. Instead you should return a gift in kind, say for example take him out for a nice dinner. If however you decided to sell the planes you should give him all or some of the profit. Just my opinion.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#11 posted 09-28-2016 03:39 PM

Make him something using the planes? A bottle of his favorite is sometimes appreciated?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 09-28-2016 03:42 PM

Definitely don’t pay unless the guy is starving. Take him out for a beer or dinner. Or make him something like Andre said.

I think a gift deserves a gift in return not cash, it will ruin his karma score. ;)

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