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Forum topic by Zer0Down posted 03-14-2017 05:12 AM 1200 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2017 05:12 AM

I know very little about hand planes and would like to snag a few to get started. I don’t mind sweat equity and elbow grease. Are these worth the trouble?


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#1 posted 03-14-2017 05:15 AM

I see a few good ones in the mess…..maybe make an offer of $75?

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 05:18 AM

Some of the block planes look good. The bench planes not so much. I’d probably pass.

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#3 posted 03-14-2017 09:05 AM

Is that $100 for all 25?
Just take it, keep the best ones, sell the rest on eBay for profit. If you keep 5, you only need to sell the rest for ~ $5 each.

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#4 posted 03-14-2017 10:18 AM

If the fella wants just a $100 for all those go for it. He might come down some but really that’s pretty good. Works out to $4 a plane. Buy them all. Refinish them all then figure out which ones u don’t lik and post them back on Craigslist at $15-20 each At that point they’d b tuned up An looking good so they’d sell for more than u paid Even if u parted them all out in eBay they’d b worth well over a $100

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#5 posted 03-14-2017 11:58 AM

A few of the block planes look ok. Can’t tell if any of the bench planes are worth refurb – depends on what they are. May all be handyman, equivalent, or worse, which means they might not be worth $4-$5 each. Appear to be mostly junk. Brush up so you can ID what they are.

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#6 posted 03-14-2017 12:34 PM

This is what happens when somebody puts out a much larger group of planes for sale, perhaps a hundred, all at the same price. The good ones get snapped up, and what remains are the leftovers nobody wants. Avoid!

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#7 posted 03-14-2017 12:40 PM

I say go for it.

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#8 posted 03-14-2017 12:45 PM

There are a couple block planes that look like they could be ok and one or two bench planes that MIGHT be ok but its hard to tell from this photo. I would offer $25-50 to pick through and get the decent ones. Most of them are scrap metal.

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#9 posted 03-14-2017 12:59 PM

Where I live, the antique shops get between $20 and $85 a plane, depending on the model and the CONDITION.
A lot of people who are not woodworkers put these up for display. In one antique mall in my town, there is one person who sells only planes and old woodworking tools. Every time I look, the display has changed dramatically, and he sells a lot of reconditioned planes, although looking at them closely, they may or may not be usable.
I personally have a small collection of each major type of plane over the decades, about 12-14 planes. I don’t use them, but people compliment me on the collection when they see it, and a couple antique dealers who have seen the collection, they both tried to buy the whole collection.

I’d pick this mess up at the best price possible, clean them all and make them shine, and keep the ones you actually need, thinking in terms of selling off the rest for a profit. I think double or triple your investment should not be that hard.

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#10 posted 03-14-2017 07:28 PM

Wow, you guys are a great help! Thanks for all of the comments and feedback. I think I’m going to pass on these. I really don’t want to “flip” them, and it doesn’t seem like there would be many out of the lot that are that great. Thanks again!

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#11 posted 03-14-2017 08:32 PM

It is better to buy quality planes 1 or 2 at a time over time in my opinion. Also, I don’t necessarily mean expensive. Rather than buy 5-10 cheap block planes that will frustrate you buy a nice 60 1/2 or 65 that is in good condition. Buy a few Sweetheart era bench planes. Etc.

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#12 posted 03-14-2017 10:02 PM

I wonder how many perfectly serviceable vintage planes are sitting on top of a dresser or on a fireplace mantle or something, because someone thinks it adds to the decor…

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#13 posted 03-15-2017 04:56 AM

I wonder how many perfectly serviceable vintage planes are sitting on top of a dresser or on a fireplace mantle or something, because someone thinks it adds to the decor…

- William Shelley

I once bought a large quantity of really nice, vintage woodworking tools from the widow of a successful orthodontic surgeon. Though others had tried to buy the collection, she had held out for a particular price; I determined that price to be reasonable.
While packing things up, I asked if there were any other treasures I might be interested in. She told me that there was only the one, “cute, little” tool which reminded her of her late husband—and with which she could never part.
I asked if I could at least see it. She said yes, and took me into the main house.
And there, perched on a shelf in the den, was the most perfect Stanley no. 1 I had ever seen.

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