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Forum topic by Bryan posted 10-21-2011 05:31 PM 1199 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2011 05:31 PM

Hey guys first off let me say that the information you guys provide and replys to my post are always perfect and are a great help. I am looking for a dealer of old stanley planes i found this site online.
Do any of you have any experience dealing with Him.
I am looking to buy a basic set of stanley handplanes that are good quality users. I am thinking a #4 1/2, a #5 Jack, and a jointer which I think will cover most of my needs in light of the stanelys. I was hoping to find someone to buy from and be able to get all three planes. I have dealt with people in the past and been ripped off and dont want to do that anymore. I am hoping to buy these planes take them out of the box and uses them any help will be great!

I am not found of buying on ebay because i neverknow what i am looking at and plus everything i have bid on has been taking off ebay so I will say this if you guys know an ebay dealer to deal with please send me a link, maybe some of you have what will meet my needs send me a few pics and the price and will se what we can do

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 05:52 PM

If you’ve got more money than time, and don’t mind basically paying someone to clean up the tools for you, the site you linked to looks pretty good.

If money matters to you at all though, I would still recommend going the eBay route and cleaning them up yourself. Common sizes like the 3, 4, and 5 in very usable condition can easily be found in the $20-$40 price range, and will require nothing more than a couple hours of work to restore.

To choose a good seller and not get burned, look for someone who has a better-than 99% feedback score and a reasonably high number of transactions. There should also be lots of photos with the listing and a detailed description. I have found that the sellers who meet the above criteria will attempt to point out any problems with the plane so that you will know exactly what you are buying.

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

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#2 posted 10-21-2011 06:20 PM

I’m not familiar with that seller, and even though the planes are priced at a premium, they still offer excellent value relative to newer import planes for the same money. The parts are very high quality, the planes appear to have been cleaned, tuned, ready for use, and he backs them with a guarantee. If you’re not up to evaluating and tuning older planes yourself, this is a viable option IMO. To get better quality you’d need to take the leap into Lie Nielsen, Veritas, Clifton, etc.

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#3 posted 10-21-2011 06:40 PM

It’s a lot of fun to buy used planes that need a little cleaning and some tender loving care and do the work yourself. I got most of mine on Ebay. If you’re going to use them you are going to have to learn how to adjust them, care for them, and sharpen the irons properly anyways. Why not just get you a couple of good books about planes and buy some planes that need fixing up but nothing major and just jump right in. You’ll learn a lot and the knowledge will serve you well.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 10-21-2011 07:38 PM

He is legit. He has been selling tools many years. I have never bought from him personally though.

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#5 posted 10-21-2011 08:25 PM

Adding to what helluvawreck said: I spent my whole life around tools, but had never really fooled around with planes. All those parts and levers, and dials were a mystery to me. But the first time I took one completely apart to clean and restore it, and then reassembled it, the light bulb suddenly came on and it all made sense!

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

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#6 posted 10-22-2011 09:07 PM
Contact Josh Clark at the above.
I just bought a #7 from him, and was well pleased with the price and the plane. Tell him what ya want.
That being said, I’ve bought some nice user planes at flea markets. They needed some work, but I enjoy the restoration process.
Just a suggestion.


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