|Forum topic by Brett||posted 07-13-2011 07:47 PM||3590 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
07-13-2011 07:47 PM
I have three Stanley Bailey hand planes that I’ve purchased from eBay or antique stores and fixed up for personal use. Occasionally I come across other planes that I don’t need (I’m not a collector), but are priced low enough that I might be able to buy and resell them at a profit.
What are some tips on maximizing the resale value of an antique hand plane? Should I flatten the sole and sharpen the iron, or leave them untouched? Should I clean up the knob and tote, or leave the original finish (even if it’s kinda cruddy)? Should I remove as much rust as possible, or leave some (or all) of the original patina in place?
I’m not expecting to get rich off these planes, but if I can turn a little profit, I’ll be able to buy some additional hand tools that I want.
-- More tools, fewer machines.