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Forum topic by BreakingBoardom posted 02-11-2011 06:40 PM 1291 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2011 06:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley hand plane old

I found out there will be an estate sale auction going on near me tomorrow and they have some pics of some of their items. I found this pic of a couple hand planes and was wondering if someone could tell me what models they are, what they’re possibly worth, and what to look for before bidding on them. Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks.

-- Matt -

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 06:47 PM

I wouldn’t pay more than $30 for the pair. At $15 for the pair
they would be a good deal.

Neither plane is remarkable but they would be useful to you.
The block plane lacks a mouth adjustment so it’s a bit limited
in usefulness for finer work.

The larger plane looks like a Stanley #5, a useful and very common

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 07:08 PM

The small one looks like a Stanley 60 1/2, low angle block plane but like Loren said it doesnt have a mouth adjustmento n it and it also looks like its missing the locking mechanism on the lever cap. I just picked one up similar for $20. The larger one looks like a #5 jack plane. Fairly common and in my neck of the woods (Connecticut, home of Stanley) you can scoop em up for around $10 – $20 at yard sales.

Id throw em $20 for both. Cleaning them up and tuning them will give you a lot of insight why they work the way they do or in my case why they dont work lol.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 07:22 PM

if the blade is 2” on the bigger one it is a #5 if it’s a little bigger it’s a #5-1/2 and I think chrisstef is right on the smaller one. if you can check if the soles are flat that would be cool be fore you bid on them I would pay about between $30 and $50 for the set there gonna need some major cleaning and restoration work done but LJs will help you can do a search or check this out, either way good luck!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 02-11-2011 07:31 PM

A lot of the value is based on the condition, and I’m not really talking about rust and dirt. The key things to look for are whether there are any cracks in the casting, excessive pitting on the sole, chipped mouth…. things that might inhibit the functionality of the plane.

As noted, you can commonly pick these up cheap at garage sales, depending on where you live. (In my area, they are not very common.) But if the major elements are intact, you can clean it up, tune it, and get the same performance that you’d probably have to pay $200 or more for in a new plane.

I just started restoring a #4 and #5 that I picked up on eBay for $80 for the pair. Yeah, I probably overpaid a bit, but the seller guaranteed they were in solid shape functionally, and he was telling the truth. When I get them up and running, it’s going to look like a bargain as far as I’m concerned.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-11-2011 11:30 PM

I forgot to mention… Here is a pretty good flowchart for dating Stanley planes. You won’t really be able to do it from a photo, though, because there are too many little details to look for.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-11-2011 11:39 PM

Thanks for the info guys. And thanks Charlie for the link. I’ll check it out.

-- Matt -

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