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Brett

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941 days ago

I bought a Stanley Bed Rock plane recently for a song. Does it have any special value’s to collectors (it has good patina, light rust, and the wood is sound), or should I clean it up and put it to work?

-- More tools, fewer machines.


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RGtools

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#1 posted 941 days ago

Put it back to work. Collectors like them but not so much that you should deny yourself such a solid tool.

Let’s see a picture by the way.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 941 days ago

I agree with RG, you could use it for another lifetime without hurting its value or collectability. If you decide it is not for you years down the road, chances are it will be worth more in the future anyway. Sort of a win…win situation.

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knotscott

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#3 posted 941 days ago

First thing you should do is take a pic!

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

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Manitario

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#4 posted 941 days ago

agree with the others, it’s all just rumours and hearsay until you post a pic. You could sell it for a couple hundred bucks if you’re lucky on Ebay, and then spend a couple hundred bucks buying a good plane, or just keep it and have a good plane.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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mcase

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#5 posted 941 days ago

Since your undecided about what to do with an authentic Bedrock the answer is simple – Give it to me! Really though, if you need a plane use it. If you need money sell it. Either way please read up on how to refurbish and true a plane before you do anything to it. By the way Bedrocks fetch much higher prices than Baileys. If its one of the rarer numbers such as a #2 it can have a very high value. You have some research to do. Fortunately there is plenty of info out there. Here’s a great place to start- http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan0a.html

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NateX

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#6 posted 939 days ago

You don’t want that old piece of junk, sell it to me for $40.

Seriously though, put it to work and enjoy the heck out of it. Tune it right and you have what the folks at Lie-Nielsen are selling new.

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BTKS

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#7 posted 939 days ago

They are right. Tune it up and use it. Some cleaning, honing and you are ready to go. They don’t get much better than bedrock.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Brett

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#8 posted 904 days ago

RGtools asked for a picture. Here is is, in its current disassembled state:

Obviously the tote needs to be glued back together, but the break is clean.

The pink rag? It’s an old kitchen hand towel. Except for the fish and me, my house is full of girls. :)

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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Don W

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#9 posted 904 days ago

It looks pretty well cleaned up. Round sides so its an early bedrock. Sharper it up and you’ve got a great user.

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

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RGtools

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#10 posted 903 days ago

That looks pretty close to usable from here. Tune it up and use it. The collectors can find one somewhere else.

Round sides on a bedrock is a bit more rare so can fetch a good dollar figure….but you would be selling a great tool that’s hard to find.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Bill White

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#11 posted 903 days ago

Are ya sure about the fish? Do we wanna know how?
Bill

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Brett

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#12 posted 903 days ago

So I didn’t do too badly for fifteen or twenty bucks. :)

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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Don W

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#13 posted 903 days ago

well, if you decide you want your money back, let me know :-)

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

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ShaneA

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#14 posted 903 days ago

You done good. We will need to see the “after” shots now, and maybe an action shot or two

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Brett

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#15 posted 903 days ago

What’s the best way to glue the handle? The break is clean, but occurred some years ago, so it’s not a “perfect” fit. Should I use polyurethane glue (like Gorilla Glue), two-part epoxy, or a simple PVA (yellow) wood glue?

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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