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Brett

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11-15-2017 09:06 PM

Hi all.

First post here. I need some help with a decision as to whether or not I should purchase a particular Stanley hand plan. A guy local to where I live is selling two vintage Stanley hand planes on FaceBook and I’m not sure if they are “good” or “worth it”. I’m hoping someone here can help me out.

Here are a couple of pictures of the planes. One looks to be around 9” and the other a longer 14” plane. The handles look like plastic (this concerns me) and they don’t seem to have any stamps on them saying that they are a Bailey or anything like that.

He said he would sell both of them to me for $30. These would be my first planes. I plan to restore them (I’ve been researching and watching Paul Sellers videos on YouTube for restoring planes).

Thoughts?
Thank you!!!


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bandit571

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#1 posted 11-15-2017 09:12 PM

Stanley Type 20. They can indeed be restored. I’d offer $20 for the pair…settle for $25, and call it good.

$15 each isn’t too bad, for a #4 and a #5 plane. Plastic handles can always be replaced with wood ones, not a big deal. At least the handles are not broken.

Go for it!

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Brett

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#2 posted 11-15-2017 09:14 PM

Thanks for the tips, however, I already offered to pay $30. Don’t want to go back on my word. He had them listed at $35. Just didn’t want to go through with it if they were considered not worth that, etc.

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#3 posted 11-15-2017 09:26 PM

At bare minimum youll get a couple hours of enjoyment out of cleaning and tuning a plane. Youll learn lots doing it too. IMO thats worth $30 clams and if you can get those taking good shaves, you can make most anything work.

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

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LDO2802

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#4 posted 11-15-2017 09:28 PM

I would buy them and make new handles if indeed they are plastic. Stanley is a good product. I am restoring two myself, I can send you pics if you want of what they look like before and after.

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#5 posted 11-15-2017 09:37 PM

From what I can see—Do not appear to be American-made type 20s, but rather type 21 (originally Cordovan) OR UK-made Stanleys.

Need to know what the raised lettering behind front knob says “MADE IN _”?

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#6 posted 11-15-2017 10:36 PM

Raised rib Canadian cast possibly?

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Brett

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#7 posted 11-15-2017 10:37 PM

I’m going to pick them up Friday so I’ll let you know where they are made.

Johnny7 – I’d love to see some pics. Thanks.

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Brett

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#8 posted 11-15-2017 10:40 PM

By the way. The guy said he’s selling them because they were his dads and he had passed away a few years ago. On one of the pics near the handle it says “Made” but I can’t see the rest from the pic angle.

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#9 posted 11-15-2017 11:41 PM


Johnny7 – I’d love to see some pics. Thanks.

- Brett

Sorry, not sure I understand the request—what would you like pics of?

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Brett

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#10 posted 11-16-2017 01:29 AM


Johnny7 – I’d love to see some pics. Thanks.

- Brett

Sorry, not sure I understand the request—what would you like pics of?

- Johnny7

Whoops! I mean that for LDO2802. I looked at the wrong name.

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bandit571

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#11 posted 11-16-2017 02:28 AM

closest I have is a Stanley, Made in England, No. 012-004, No.4c..

Plastic handles, yet has the frog adjust bolt..

Still has the original iron, too..

I seem to recall that those “ribs” were from an era when Stanley made their planes both in the USA and in England. Mine may be about that same age….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Brett

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#12 posted 11-16-2017 02:53 AM

I asked the guy what it said on the plane (for where it was made) and he said USA (for the smaller plane). He said the larger one doesn’t have any country of manufacture on it. I’m excited to get my hands on them!

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Don W

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#13 posted 11-19-2017 01:52 PM

Good luck. They may take some tuning, but as Christef said, it’s worth the learning experience.

Paul Sellers is a good one to follow.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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