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Forum topic by Dave11 posted 05-16-2011 02:30 AM 830 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2011 02:30 AM

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Hi. This post is also an introduction. I’ve been lurking here for a couple years, and have learned a lot, but am finally getting some time to do some serious woodworking.

But a situation has come up and I need some advice. A friend of mine has a neighbor whose husband was a tool collector, and recently passed on. She’s selling the house, and wants to sell all his planes. There are, I’m told, a couple hundred in total, bench and block planes and other odds and ends. She says most are old Stanleys, but doesn’t know any other names, or what shape they are in.

So i’m going to take a look. Here’s the kicker—she wants to sell them in mass. As in, all of them together.

I have used some modern planes, but am no expert, yet. But I know almost nothing about older planes.

Whether it would be crazy for me to consider buying these depends on the price, of course, and the condition of the planes.

I know to check the soles for pitting, and to make sure all parts are there, but is there anything else to check to make sure they are usable or restorable?

Some will have a date stamped, but many will not, yes? And many will likely have no manufacturer name?

And is there any way to tell the old/good Stanleys from the later ones?

All advice appreciated.

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 02:34 AM

This looks like a double post.

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