Looking for a book describing vintage Stanley (and other) handplanes in detail? (Collectors guide?)

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Forum topic by Kenny posted 02-29-2012 01:22 PM 1441 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-29-2012 01:22 PM

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As the title states, I’m looking for a book or books that discuss all the models of planes, spokeshaves, scrapers that Stanley has made. I’d like to find something that goes over model and series specifics, how to identify certain models and series, which planes are true collectors, and maybe an approximate value of some or all models.
My primary interest is in Stanley planes, but I am interested in other makes and models too, and other books on those would be great too.

Basically, some sort of a “Collector’s Guide” if you will. I’ve looked a bit, but I would like some recommendations before buying blindly.


Sorry if this is in the wrong section!

-- Kenny

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 01:49 PM

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 02:05 PM

It’s out of print and usually expensive used but John Walter’s Antique and Collectible Stanley Tools, Guide to Identity and Value is about 900 pages of all Stanley information. Many of the books about old tools that were available just a few years ago are now out of print. I didn’t buy as many of them as I should have.

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#3 posted 02-29-2012 02:14 PM

i agree with Kickback.
That link is the best place to start. it’s a bit cumbersome but, as a hand plane collector myself, i refer to it often


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#4 posted 02-29-2012 02:26 PM

I have this link saved on my Iphone:

A very easy flowchart to follow when identifying planes. I’ve found it useful when i’ve come across an old plane for sale and want to date it mobile..

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#5 posted 02-29-2012 07:02 PM

There is this old-fashioned thing called “inter-library loan.” You’d be amazed at what is available. Not only can you get John Walter’s book, you can also get both volumes of Roger Smith’s Patented Transitional and Metallic Planes in America. Frankly, you won’t find a lot of information that’s in these books anywhere on the Internet.

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#6 posted 03-01-2012 06:21 AM

Thanks so much for all the help.

I knew about Superior Works and that whole site. Honestly, I have read (I think) every page on that site at least two, if not three, times. Just an awesome site.

Willeh, thanks for the link. Definitely interesting and helpful when dating a plane.

I will be researching and sourcing the books listed too. I’m very knowledge hungry, just the way I am. Finding all the information I can about my interests is something I love. And even totally useless info, as long as it pertains to my interests, is still fun for me to read and learn about.

Thanks again, you all are great.

-- Kenny

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