Old Stanley plane with broken tote and broken side

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Forum topic by Brett posted 03-09-2011 09:24 PM 863 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2011 09:24 PM

I came across an old Stanley No. 5 hand plane with a couple obvious problems. The tote was cracked, but since the break was clean, it could probably be glued together. In addition, the “tall” part of one of the metal sides (the high, rounded tab nearest the plane iron) was broken about 1/3 off. Does this plane have any value as a user, or is it worthless?

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 09:46 PM

Without seeing the plane (or even a picture) it is hard to say. However, my guess is that it could still be a decent user. However, let me add, that a used Stanley #5 in good condition can be bought on e-bay at some very reasonable prices. I would advise you to check out what is there before opting for this particular plane.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 09:50 PM

Value as a user. The handle can be fixed or replaced. The broken tab is not likely a problem by itself. Check the sole with a straightedge to check that it is straight and flat. The breaks are often caused by a fall to the floor, so look for other possible signs of damage from the fall. Sometimes grunge will make a crack difficult to spot so there may be another hiding some place.

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 10:00 PM

Probably very usable. The tote can be glued and gaps filled. They
break easily due to short grain.

The breakage to the side won’t affect usability, but if I were you
I wouldn’t pay more than $5 for a #5 busted in this way.

If a seller thinks such a plane is worth more, he’s probably smoking

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 10:10 PM

The number 5 planes are super common and usually don’t hold a high value unless its fixed up to be a user plane…

If you were looking to sell it you would make more taking it apart and selling the parts alone. Still not worth a lot though.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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