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Forum topic by usnret posted 05-14-2012 04:24 AM 1818 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2012 04:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane

So last Saturday wnet to an estate sale and picked up 5 handplanes for $35. 2- Stanley No5, 1-Stanley No4, 1-Stanley Bedrock 605, and a No 5 body.
Well today I started looking at the No4 and went to Patrick Leach’s website,
Well by answering his questions on the site I found out my No 4 bench plane is a Type 4 or earlier.

Is this thing worth any money or should I just clean it up and have a really old user?

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 04:33 AM

I personally would clean it up and keep it to use. I can not get rid of tools that are good tools. I’ll sell a crapsman in a heartbeat but when I get a really good tool, I never let it go.

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 04:43 AM

They’re worth more than what you paid, yes, but I don’t think I’d sell them either :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 11:57 AM

If it is clean you could probably get enough from selling the #4 or for that matter any of the other planes so the rest were free but then you would have one less plane and no #4….not really win win. With out seeing what condition they are in, the 605 is worth the most and has the least marginal value, it is the 3rd of 3 #5. If you were to sell it you could make a small profit with no loss of utility assuming all the planes are in good condition.

Someday I will have to sell some of my planes, hope that day never arrives because I fall in love with the good ones and the ones that are less good I can’t bring myself to fob off on some chump, ethics you know…strange concept but what the hey it’s gotten me this far.

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 01:19 PM

Condition is key, collectors want new in box or as close to that as possible. Remember things are only worth what people will pay.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 02:01 PM

How much that old #4 is worth all depends on if you happen to find a collector who is interested. From what I’ve seen, though, the extra age doesn’t add a whole lot to value, unless you are lucky enough to find a type 1.

As Ken said, condition is the key. But the whole lot you paid $35 for could easily bring in several hundred dollars if in decent condition and listed individually on eBay.

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

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 04:11 PM

There were a LOT of #4’s made over the years. It’s a great user but as a collectable it’s not worth a lot. You got a great deal on some good planes. I would think the Bedrock would be the most valuable of the bunch.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 04:42 PM

An early type 4 is a desirable plane, but not necessarily valuable. I think it’ll make a terrific user.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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