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Forum topic by David Grimes posted 06-22-2011 07:48 AM 2699 views 1 time favorited 78 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Grimes

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06-22-2011 07:48 AM

A friend of mine that haunts garage sales and auctions of all types brought me three planes today. I had mentioned to him a couple of weeks ago to keep his eyes out for old Stanley planes and was surprised he came through already.

There will be more of these “finds” in the future I’m certain, so I’ll just post them here.

One is a really crusty but intact Stanley Bailey #4. This makes my 3rd, but this will be the one that gets the full face lift first.

The next “find” I thought to be a dreaded #205 (according to Patrick of Blood and Gore fame) but not so sure. This measures 6 1/2” long by 1 7/8” wide, has made in USA on the body… and Stanley on the blade only. There is no adjuster (or it is missing).

And finally, certainly not Stanley (but a novelty to me nonetheless), a tiny razor blade plane, but the razor blade is not the standard straight edge. Oh, well… it’s a trinket.

Lets see your non-Ebay finds if you have them.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 03:48 PM

I love those old rusty ones, because it’s such a dramatic difference when you clean them up.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Don W

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 04:16 PM

This was a flee market find. #2: My #6 Restore
Also from an antiques shop.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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WayneC

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#3 posted 06-22-2011 04:28 PM

I like antique stores and flea markets because you can closely inspect the items and you can haggle on the price. Oh and most antique malls have a stock discount policy for the sellers. For example 10% off an item of $25 or more. Always pays to ask if you can get 10% off when buying something from an antique mall.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Don W

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#4 posted 06-22-2011 04:33 PM

I agree Wayne. I’m hoping to hit a large flee market this week end. Antiques shops typically tend to be a little more expensive, but occasionaly you can get a deal. I’ve got an antigue store not far from here that sort of specializes in tools. He has some REALLY nice stuff, but he knows the value and adds a little for overhead. I usually stop just to look and talk. He does the cleanup himself and we’ll share ideas. I usually can’y afford his prices though.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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WayneC

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#5 posted 06-22-2011 04:38 PM

Antique street fairs are good too. Never know what your going to find. Not everyone can know everything and people are sometimes too lazy to look stuff up in the internet. So, there are deals to be had. You just have to get out there and look. I’m missing being able to get out and hit the big flea markets here. I have made it to some antique stores over the past few weekends.

David, I would not know where to start on posting my non-ebay finds. I have purchased many more planes in person than I have in ebay. I normally get harder to find stuff such as my bedrocks and Stanley #62 off of ebay.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Don W

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#6 posted 06-22-2011 04:42 PM

thats how I got started with this infliction. My wife would drag me to antigue shops and sales. I have always loved woodworking since I was a kid. I just got drawn to the tools, and started picking up a few before I even realized what I was doing. Next thing i knew, i was reading the WayneC plane restoring series. It was that point I realized I was one of these guys. Now I’m draging my wife to the antique shops. Luckly she doesn’t mind.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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chrisstef

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#7 posted 06-22-2011 04:51 PM

Im a flea market and tage sale guy myself … so far i have picked up 2 #4’s, 2 #5, a #6, and a #80 cabinet scraper. Not one of em ran me more than $20. I love the look on the homeowners face when i pick up that “rusty chunk of crap” and say ooohhh this is a good one.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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WayneC

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#8 posted 06-22-2011 05:01 PM

Looks like your off to a good start Chris. I’m a sucker for cheap adjustable mouth block planes.

LOL I try to be dispassionate when I am looking at stuff. I always try to ask the price even before I pick the item up. If there is a box of tools, I always start by asking the price for the box. Once I have a starting price I inspect and go from getting there.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Don W

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#9 posted 06-22-2011 05:04 PM

The hunt is part of the fun. The hardest part for me was the negotiation. When a price tage says $65, I alway come back with $30-$35 depending on how bad I want it. I haven’t lost a sale by going to low, and the counter is usually something reasonbable. If I advertise sometning for $65, I want $65 or something close, so it took some getting uesed to.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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chrisstef

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#10 posted 06-22-2011 10:23 PM

Yea i definately dont show my enthusiasm at the beginning only after the negotation will i let them know what vintage its from and how excited i am to have it. Most people selling those kind of items have no real interest in them, so when they see someone enjoying their “junk” they are just as happy as i am. I bumped into a #148 tongue and groove last weekend but the guy wouldnt budge from $75 so i let it go. It hurt but only for a little while. Ill post pics of my finds soon, and happy hunting to those who do so.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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Don W

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#11 posted 06-22-2011 10:43 PM

This A5 was given to my son, who in turn gave it to me.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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Bertha

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#12 posted 06-22-2011 10:55 PM

I’ve got a 205 and I like using it. It’s got one of the tighter mouths of any of my planes; not sure why. It’s a bear to set up and lets out a little “pingy” sound on hardwoods. To say it’s “dreaded”, though? ‘not like it’s a fibreboard plane;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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David Grimes

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#13 posted 06-23-2011 03:16 AM

I reference / credit Patrick Leach from his web page, www.supertool.com.

“This is a piece of junk that only a collector, when overtaken by a fit of momentary insanity, would ever dare own. Forget it as a user tool, since it’s garbage. It was offered in a boy’s tool set, but never as a separate plane, in Stanley’s catalogs. It was offered separately in other catalogs (hardware firms), which ought to indicate that even Stanley was embarassed with this ugly baby.
The plane is pressed steel, and has a projecting steel palm grip which is fastened to the bottom. A cheesy cutter securing mechanism is nothing but a screw through a slotted hole in the cutter. The cutter is marked “DEFIANCE”, which says to me, whenever I see this plane, “I defy you to buy me.” Stay away from it, it’s quicksand! Heck, it’s not even worthy as a projectile when you’re looking for something to throw at your neighborhood’s stray cats.” END QUOTE

Al (Bertha): I like it, actually. It is harder for me (inexperienced) to set up any of the block plains that don’t have an adjustable mouth, but I’m getting better. The mouth is tight on mine as well. Is yours like the one I have above ? There are several iterations.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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wb8nbs

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#14 posted 06-23-2011 03:21 AM

I got this 606 at a garage sale for four bucks.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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WayneC

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#15 posted 06-23-2011 03:24 AM

Very nice find on the bedrock….

David, your issue with the mouth is why I stick to block planes with adjustable mouths.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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