Stanley Circa 1910 2c Smoothing Plane

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Forum topic by RandyinFlorida posted 11-03-2016 01:41 PM 878 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2016 01:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane hand plane hand planes stanley rule and level co 2c smoothing plane antique vintage 1910 circa 1910 1909-1912

I can’t believe my good fortune. I was recently given a 2c Smoothing plane. I’m almost certain it’s a 1909-1912 version because: 1) brass adjustment knob, 2) “Stanley Rule and Level Co.” stamped on the Plane Iron, 3) “STANLEY” stamped on Lateral Adjustment Lever. And the sole is variegated; making it a “c” version of the model.

The wood tote and handle are in excellent condition, no cracks, nothing!

Everything I’ve found thus far tells me this is a very rare find. Just haven’t learned how rare. Any input?

Couple of other questions. 1) How much restoration, if any, should I pursue? 2) Before realizing what I had, I sprayed WD40 on the screws. Now there is some “discoloration” of the rust. Did I screw it up?

Yes, I know pictures would be very helpful and useful. That will have to wait until I get home this afternoon.

Regardless, I’m a happy camper.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#1 posted 11-03-2016 02:13 PM

Get in touch with DonW. He’s the hand plane expert here. That being said, to my way of thinking it all depends on what you want. A user or a collector piece. If it’s going to be a user than clean it up, sharpen it and use it. That whole collector side I’ll refer you to DonW.

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#2 posted 11-03-2016 02:59 PM

Wd40 is fine. Apply as you wish, wipe down with a clean shop rag from there. If you wish to sell it, do nothing more. Otherwise, it’s your toy, do as you please. Either way, i myself would only do the wd40 cleaning thing. It’s all I do to 90%+ of the tools in my shop.

+1 to listening closely to anything DonW might add.

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#3 posted 11-06-2016 12:33 PM

I don’t think DonW is no longer a member of LJ’s. He hasn’t posted to this site since 2011. I did message him though.

How about the rarity? Any idea how many were made?

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#4 posted 11-06-2016 01:01 PM

DonW is very much alive and well here onLJ's
just drop him a PM

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#5 posted 11-06-2016 02:37 PM

Pics are really needed to know much.

2C’s are pretty uncommon, don’t know that I’d go so far as calling them rare, as they do pop up every now and then. Another reason for pics is that there are counerfeit 2C’s out there—a #2 with corrugations not cut by the factory.

As far as I am aware, Stanley didn’t really keep records of how many planes were produced in any given year, so that question is almost impossible to answer. Someone can correct me if they have evidence otherwise.

I agree with Smitty about the WD40 not hurting anything, but wouldn’t do anything more if you want to sell. Let the buyer determine the level of restoration, if any. If you are going to keep it, the it’s yor plane to do as you wish. You won’t really hurt the value much, if at all. We’re talking about something with a current value in the low four digits, not a six figure antique. A complete and usable plane will probably stay within 10% of value, regardless of level of restoration.

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#6 posted 11-07-2016 02:02 PM

Thanks JayT appreciate your input

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#7 posted 01-02-2017 04:52 AM

How did the plane clean up ?

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#8 posted 01-02-2017 01:29 PM

yea, I’m not dead yet, although some days I feel like it.

I didn’t see this post until now. I’d still love to see pictures

What is your plan? Did you clean it up?

2C’s are definitely harder to find, and probably a little more valuable on a #2, but not leaps and bounds more.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 01-02-2017 03:20 PM

Two good sources to date your plane:


and here.

I think the older planes do not have adjustable frogs.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#10 posted 01-02-2017 04:12 PM

All Bailey planes have adjustable frogs, some just don’t have the screw mechasim that is meant to make it easier.

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