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sandhill

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1097 days ago

While I was in Frederick MD I was down town and went into an antique store and found a very old cabinet makers bench with a number of wood planes sitting on top. there were molding planes block planes and one Stanley “Bailey #5 1/2” which I was able to get for $25.00. If I had my truck I would have bought the bench which had a price tag of $1400.00 and I am sure I could have got them down to around $950.00. It had two vices with wood screws and a sliding part on the side for dowels that support long boards. The top was about around 5” thick and had to weigh around 300+ pounds. It looked to date back to the 20s or 30s and was in remarkable condition. So here is the plane I was able to get.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/


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knotscott

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#1 posted 1097 days ago

Nice deal! That’s in great shape, and is a size that I really love….one of my favorite planes is a similar Record 5-1/2. Enjoy!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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crank49

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#2 posted 1097 days ago

A fantastic deal.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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WayneC

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#3 posted 1097 days ago

$25 is a steal. Please do not restore this. It is perfect as is. Looks like a type 12 (around 1920)

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

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Don W

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#4 posted 1097 days ago

Great find.

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

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sandhill

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#5 posted 1097 days ago

It is perfect just as it is, I will only sharpen and flatten the bottom and put it to use. My guess is its worth around $100.00+ It is 14.5” long so it is one I really needed to get. Thanks everyone

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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sandhill

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#6 posted 1097 days ago

I am thinking of going back and offering them $900.0 for the bench.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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Arch_E

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#7 posted 1097 days ago

Beautiful tool at a great price!!! Well done.

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WayneC

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#8 posted 1097 days ago

Put it on your table saw or jointer (assuming you have one) and see if it rocks. Might already be flat…

Agree on your valuation of the plane. You might also try it in a shooting board. The mass of a 5 1/2 is pretty nice.

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

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 1097 days ago

If that is its original condition, that’s what I call “pristine”! Great find!!!!

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

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sandhill

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#10 posted 1097 days ago

CharlieM1958 It is original condition, the photos do not do it justice its as good as new I am happy with this one. The last one I paid 25 for 2 #3s and they are only good for some of the parts so this more than makes up for the last time.
WayneC
I had not thought of that I’ll try it but my guess is as good a condition as its in, it was well taken care of and used the way it should.
Its really pretty sharp as it sits.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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Dan

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#11 posted 1096 days ago

That plane is in amazing shape. Almost looks like someone all ready did some cleaning/restoration to it. I have yet to find a 5 /12 that is in my price range. You got a great deal.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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sandhill

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#12 posted 1096 days ago

Not a bit that I could detect.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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SamuelP

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#13 posted 1093 days ago

Which store? I have found nothing in the stores down town.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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sandhill

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#14 posted 1090 days ago

I placed a piece of very fine emery paper on a granite surface and ran the plane over it a number of times and see a very slight con-cave area a few thousands of an inch and was wondering if I should keep going until it is gone?

WayneC I did what you suggested and it does not rock at all. It is a bit scratched from normal use so I did as described above I also checked the bottom to the sides with a machinists square and its as close as I think it can be no light showing.

sprevratil I think it was on Market St. I have asked my daughter to check on the name.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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WayneC

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#15 posted 1089 days ago

Where is the concave area? The plane would ride on heal and toe, and area around the mouth. Also, a shaving would be a few thou in thickness depending on what type of work you were doing.

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

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