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11-03-2017 11:32 AM

Question I picked up on some antique Standley planes. All in fine condition only over the years of setting in storage they are dirty and have a buildup of old oil on them. Question is if you take these apart and refinish them by sand down the handles and knobs and adding a light coat of wax. Steel-wool the metal to make it look new again does that decrease the value of planes or help to increase it. I want to sell these so do I leave as is or refinish to get the highest value?

—JENNY

-- JENNY


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#1 posted 11-03-2017 12:26 PM

depends on what they are some. It might be just as well to leave them as they are. Can you post a picture of them? You would probably get more feedback that way.

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#2 posted 11-03-2017 12:27 PM

Two schools of thought here. If ya want to “flip” ‘em, leave ‘em alone. Just brush off all the shmutz.
If you think you can recover you cost of time, materials, and effort…...........well, clean ‘em up.
Bill

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#3 posted 11-03-2017 12:44 PM

If they’re antique, the knobs and totes are rosewood. Sanding them down would not be a good idea, resale or otherwise, in my book. And yes, depending on what you paid, selling them ‘as-is,’ with all the grime and grease, it desirable for many as they like to choose the level of ‘restore’ based on what they feel the plane needs vs. what you do. Good luck, and pictures would indeed be nice. We don’t know if you have bench planes, or a #45 combo plane, or a No. 10 rabbet, or a No. 164 low angle smoother at this point.

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#4 posted 11-03-2017 12:53 PM

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#5 posted 11-03-2017 04:25 PM

This 85 is rosewood but with the dirt on it you can’t even see the beauty of the wood. The blade and other metal could use a good shining up.

-- JENNY

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#6 posted 11-03-2017 04:30 PM

I wouldnt mess with that one if youre intending to sell. Ive never soon one of those in the wild. Let the buyer determine what they want to do with it is my opinion.

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

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#7 posted 11-03-2017 04:31 PM

This # 4 is in really good shape but then still to me it needs some cleaning up. What do you experts here that know way more then me think?

-- JENNY

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#8 posted 11-03-2017 04:32 PM

Sell it as is. You won’t make much more for it. Many would prefer to clean it and refurb themselves.

#4 good to go. There isn’t anything you can do that will increase the value and make it worth your time.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#9 posted 11-03-2017 04:34 PM



http://www.timetestedtools.net/2016/01/26/bench-plane-restoration-guide-part-1/

HTH

- waho6o9


Thanks for posting this site very good info to have.

-- JENNY

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#10 posted 11-03-2017 04:34 PM

Pretty much, unless it’s a rusted heap. Sell as is.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#11 posted 11-03-2017 04:41 PM

I wouldn’t do anything to either one of those before selling.

On the #4, I agree with Fridge that nothing you can do will increase the value, so don’t spend the time. On the #85, those are collectible enough that anything you do will not increase the purchase price in a significant way and may actually decrease it. It is not rusty or dirty, simply has the patina of age, which is desirable for some.

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#12 posted 11-03-2017 05:53 PM

Probably not telling you anything you don’t already know Jenny but, the 85, depending on condition of course, could bring something in the region of $400 at auction, possibly a little more. I would think that if you advertised it for sale on the forum here at Lumberjocks, you would make someone quite happy as I know there are some great plane collections amongst the forum participants. Someone is bound to want that plane bad enough for their collection. Sadly, not me. I am on fixed income and it is simply out of my league. I know, Mike, quit your whinning. : )
Mike

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#13 posted 11-03-2017 11:30 PM

Thank you everyone for your advise it is sincerely appreciated. : )

Jenny

-- JENNY

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#14 posted 11-03-2017 11:50 PM

That #4 looks like it just came out of a box. The rosewood on the 85 isnt bad at all and looks like no rust thats in good shape

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#15 posted 11-04-2017 12:25 AM



That #4 looks like it just came out of a box. The rosewood on the 85 isnt bad at all and looks like no rust thats in good shape

- corelz125

In total there were 20 planes none have rust the man who had them had the wrapped in oiled rags. there’s 3 that I don’t think have ever been used they still look as new as when they were purchased. The old everlasting chisel sets look like new also.

-- JENNY

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