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Craftsman on the lake

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03-13-2012 03:37 AM

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An older gentleman in my hometown is getting rid of his collection of planes. He’s advertising them at $10-$40. He says he has brands such as Stanley, Sargent, Fulton, Miller Falls, Shelton and many others. I’ve got three older Stanley’s that I like and work well. Had them for at least 30 years. I’m thinking I’d like to see what he’s got, and pick up a couple I can referb and use. I already know to look for a dead flat bed and obvious other things.

But…..I’d also like to possibly find a couple of jem’s. Something that is a collectors item maybe.
This is a weird question but, is there anything I can look for to help me. i.e. on Antique’s Road Show on pbs they might say. “a flecked porcelain is a sign of a valuable vase in a certain era”. Some things like that. I know that this is a broad issue but I also know that some of you have a large collection of planes and probably know some of this stuff. Thanks.

Here’s some pictures of his collection

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 03:44 AM

at the price it’d probably be worth it to see what he’s got.
Though, one should never store one’s planes flat like that.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 03:50 AM

Stanley Bedrocks are a good find. Looks like at least one in the picture.

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#3 posted 03-13-2012 03:53 AM

Take a look on e bay and that will help you see which ones are the most desirable.

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#4 posted 03-13-2012 03:53 AM

Try not to drool too much, water may cause rust!

I’d try to focus on the plane sizes you may need the most. Do you have a jointer plane? A smoother?

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David Kirtley

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#5 posted 03-13-2012 03:56 AM

My advice? Take lots of money. You are saving a fortune in gas and shipping trying to pick up one at a time.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 03-13-2012 04:00 AM

I’ve got a couple of small planes, A good smoother and a long bed one, about 16” that I’ve mostly used to cross plane guitar tops and backs. All stanley. They’ve been in the family most of my life. Mine now.

CJ…. Stanley bedrock.. will it say bedrock on it or do I recognize it some other way?

I’ve also got a couple of long, very old wood planes I purchased from an old boat builder from Camden Maine back in the 70’s.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 03-13-2012 11:07 AM

Crafty, if you go to either Bob Kaune’s website or the “blood and gore” site there’s a plethora of info on planes.
Bedrocks normaly say their name at the front, ahead of the knob, and on the lever cap..two varieties, older type have the same sides as the regular Stanley, then the later ones have a flattened side running along bythe frog mounts..
Buy now, never regret later..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 03-13-2012 11:44 AM

The more I work with planes – the things are addictive.

My advice -

Get the hard to find ones – skew planes, #1 – #3, moulding planes, compass planes things like that. Get the ones that need a little work. Get parts planes if can, as well. It is good if have original parts – blades are generally better than newer ones. See how they feel in your hand – if it is not comfortable, don’t buy it.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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