Best way to "flip" an old hand plane?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 06-20-2011 04:24 PM 1035 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2011 04:24 PM

In the past few months, I’ve fixed up three hand planes for personal use. I recently purchased a No. 4 Stanley Bailey Type 5 (ca. 1885-1888) hand plane that is in good shape, but since I already have a No. 4, I’d like to sell it to earn a little money to buy additional tools. I’d like to know how to get the most money out of reselling this plane so I have a little extra money to buy more hand tools. Should I remove the rust, or leave it as is? Should I sharpen the blade? What’s the best way to maximize my profit?

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 05:20 PM

You’ll probably get the most money selling a common antique plane
by buffing and polishing it all over, and filling pits in the japaning to
turn it into a nearly-new looking plane.

Personally I am turned off by the buff and polish approach but I’ve
seen those planes sell for higher prices on ebay.

Still, plane values are mostly about rarity and demand. No common
bench plane is worth very much, no matter how fixed up it is.

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 05:29 PM

I would say leave it as it is as it an earlier plane. Take detailed photos of it, (frog with blades off, mouth, patent dates, etc.) and sell via ebay.

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 10:29 PM

It really depends on how bad of shape it is. If it looks unusable, you’ll need to clean it up. It also depends on how much you value your time. I’ve restored a few planes, and if your trying to make money its really not cost effective. With that said, I agree with wayne, but clean it up, give it a resonable oiling, take pictures and ebay it.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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