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Forum topic by Burbs posted 10-09-2016 09:33 PM 381 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2016 09:33 PM

I found a Bedrock 608c type 8 at a local antique shop that has been restored and repainted…and looks like a new plane except you can tell the tote and knob are old, although almost perfect and the iron and chip breaker have some pitting. Would make a great user but not sure if I would use a big jointer plane but have been acquiring old hand tools and it would be cool to add to the collection. Is $150 a good price? Did thorough restore bring its collection value way down? Thanks if you can help.
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#1 posted 10-09-2016 09:49 PM

While not a steal. I think that price is fair. Looks to be in great shape, and 608 arent too common.

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#2 posted 10-09-2016 09:54 PM

Refinishing it likely brought down the collection value. That being said, the value is in the eyes of the beholder. For example, I have a 1874 Stanley bailey no 6, I stripped it and refinished it with an authentic japanning formula (it had less than 50% original japanning left). Now, because I refinished it, I likely couldn’t sell it for more than 100 dollars, but I wouldn’t sell it to begin with, because it has value to me when I use it. If I were you, I would use it, I was actually surprised just how often I use my jointer planes.

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#3 posted 10-09-2016 10:40 PM

To the finicky collector, they want the planes in pristine condition with original box. Then you have the collector who just wants to have that plane in among the other Bedrocks and personally I would appreciate not having to clean it. There is no set reasoning, so, beauty as with functionality is in the eye of the beholder. The number 8 Bedrock is a very nice plane, you can’t go wrong at that price. If you intend to use it, then all the better it is cleaned and ready to go. Don’t get too hung up on what someone else thinks about your tools or your collection, just learn to enjoy having them. Have fun, make some dust.

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#4 posted 10-09-2016 11:47 PM

A 608C isn’t really a collector plane so the restoring it didn’t drop it’s value, and since it was well enough done. I don’t follow the values on them, but Bedrocks on eBay seem to go for more than that. Regular #8’s often go for $100. You could check sold listings on eBay if you wanted to get a better idea of the value.

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#5 posted 10-10-2016 12:02 AM

Thanks for the input guys. I’ll think on it. If I had a decent workbench I’d probably jump on it since I’ve found that I’m going more and more to the convenience of hand tools. sometimes it’s a lot faster than switching gates and setting up the power tool too.

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs

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#6 posted 10-10-2016 12:15 AM

I agree with Tim. $150 for a #608 already restored is a good price, assuming nothing is cracked or broke. The knob and tote can be refinished if you desire. $150 in flat top 608s doesn’t go far. It’s probably not in “steal” territory, but it’s definitely low end of retail imho.

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#7 posted 10-10-2016 02:06 AM

Agree with the others about fair price and lack of real collector value


If I had a decent workbench I d probably jump on it since I ve found that I m going more and more to the convenience of hand tools.

- Burbs

If you are planning to build a good workbench, there is nothing better than a #8 size to flatten the top. It’ll let you skip a few days of upper body workouts at the gym, too.

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

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#8 posted 10-10-2016 04:21 AM

Yes, a new workbench is definitely on the horizon. I have 18 oak posts that are 7 feet long and 4×4 plus and fairly straight drying in my garage that I hope to use for the legs and stretchers. Hence the dilemma of spending $150 on a plane or saving it for a maple top and vises.

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs

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#9 posted 10-10-2016 04:29 AM

I purchased one of those along with a #6 Bailey this summer at a garage sale, only a little rusty. I won’t tell you what I paid for them.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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Burbs

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#10 posted 10-10-2016 05:04 AM

I have a bunch that I got at flea markets and some that I got from Josh Clark also known as Hyperkitten some of which I restored and some that are still in need of some work. I got an immense satisfaction from restoring my first 2 planes. A type 11 Stanley Bailey 5 1/2c and a 60’s era no 4. The no 4 while being 50 years newer and much cleaner took probably twice as long to get in working order and I probably will only by type 15 or older from now on.

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs

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#11 posted 10-10-2016 04:22 PM

I’m not saying how to spend your money, but realistically it’s going to take a while to finish that bench, so you can buy the 608 now and still have time to save for the rest.

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#12 posted 10-11-2016 12:47 AM

18 4×4x7’ long posts is pretty darn close to a full bench! Screw the maple top

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