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06-25-2010 01:45 PM

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I found an old Stanley no 7 near me on Craigslist. The asking price is 95. I wad wondering if this is a fair price. It needs tuned and cleaned. Just curious because I recently restored a no6. In similar condition. I bought the no 6 for 3 dollars. This is from my phone and I don’t know how to link to the page but its listed on Craigslist in morgantown, WV. Thanks!

-- Kris

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#1 posted 06-25-2010 04:30 PM

I got mine for $37 on ebay. $95 is probably a touch high, but a lot depends on condition, model (what time period it is from) ...

The one advantage to being on craigslist is that you can go see it. I wouldn’t risk an ebay purchase for that price, but if I really wanted a #7 I’d go look at it. And

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#2 posted 06-25-2010 04:35 PM

I was not able to find a S/B #7 on eBay that I had confidence in, so I purchased an Anant #7 from Highland Woodworking. I reviewed it here on LJ;

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 04:40 PM

$40-$70 for a decent condition would be fair, 95 is a bit much unless it’s ready for work. go check it out, and since it’s CL people usually overprice things expecting some bargaining to go on..

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#4 posted 06-25-2010 04:44 PM

the only way i would pay that much for an old stanley is if it is one of the Bedrocks, if it is a Bedrock buy it fast because those are the nicest old planes they made, if it is a regular 7 wait and save your money.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#5 posted 06-25-2010 04:47 PM

Thanks for the replies so far! BTW what’s a bedrock plane? How can I tell if it is one?

-- Kris

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#6 posted 06-25-2010 04:53 PM

if Its a bedrock plane you’ll have 3 indications:

1. it’ll say BEDROCK on the chip breaker (if it still has the original chip breaker)
2. the model number for the bedrock #7 is 607 (and not just 7)
3. check the frog – this is actually what makes a bedrock what it is. if the frog has 2 screws in the back to make it slide back and forth – it’s a bedrock

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#7 posted 06-25-2010 05:54 PM

It depends on the age/type and condition. For $95 I’d want it to be in pretty nice condition, and preferably pre-WWII….

A Bedrock would fetch a premium compared to a Bailey of similar age and condition.

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