Millers Falls Plane Collection, Anyone?

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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 05-27-2012 01:49 PM 4234 views 0 times favorited 45 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-27-2012 01:49 PM

The price seems pretty outrageous, but it is quite an impressive collection.

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

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#1 posted 05-27-2012 01:53 PM

I saw that too and thought the same thing…that was quite a while ago, so apparently the market agrees, or they have more than one MF collection available!

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 02:12 PM

That’s well over $200 per plane. Seems a bit high even with boxes.

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#3 posted 05-27-2012 02:30 PM

…and they will never get used again if bought.
Not for woodworkers.
These are not the planes you seek. Let them pass.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 05-27-2012 02:34 PM

LOL! Don’t worry, Douglas…. they were in no danger of being purchased by me!

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

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#5 posted 05-27-2012 02:36 PM

This set is nice looking, there is a block plane one too. It has come to auction several times before. Too spendy IMO.

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#6 posted 05-27-2012 03:43 PM

Somebody’s dreamin’ or on drugs.
Wanna buy a nice #7? $300.00 will get ya one. :)


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#7 posted 05-27-2012 04:52 PM

ebay isn’t the place to get that much money for them and they aren’t good nuf for Christie’s or Sotheby’s ;-)

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#8 posted 05-27-2012 05:04 PM

Very nice collection. Price is a little crazy though.

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#9 posted 05-27-2012 05:21 PM

Crazy Way Crazy auction these planes don’t even come close to these prices…I bought two last year at a flea market in great condition for 20 dollars for the two. This guy is “Plane Off His Rocker”....good luck on this one is all I have to say…BC

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#10 posted 05-27-2012 05:27 PM

I tend to disagree. If I were a collector of Miller Falls planes I would jump on it and start negotiation but then I’m not a collector, just a guy looking a for few good pre-1933 Stanley users. It’s a near full set in good condition with boxes that increases the price per plane for collectors. Seems a fair starting point.

I do agree, once sold they will never see wood again. Mixed feelings on that, shame to not use them as intended but it is also important to have good examples of tools of our past preserved.

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#11 posted 05-27-2012 05:54 PM

Last thing I bought that was that expensive , was a used car !
The guy says that the price is negotiable , just doesn’t want to deal with low ballers.
I can’t see anything about them that would make them “non-users”...they’re not fancy looking at all , and to just put them on a shelf and wait for the boxes to crumble and the metal to rust would be a total terrible waste.
I own a No.4 as a user, but beyond that,it has no outstanding features, other than being made in a nearby county quite a while ago : )
Thanks for the link ,Charlie …it was nice to see them all together.

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#12 posted 05-27-2012 07:04 PM

I agree with Bubba. I still think the price is high, but what makes them worth more is the set factor, and the boxes. You really can’t compare it to the prices they would sell for individually.

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

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#13 posted 05-27-2012 07:25 PM

It’s the boxes, condition and extent of the collection that makes
it a high-value set. I’m not that sort of collector, but this is
pretty exceptional. Collections like this have more value on
the antique market than less focused ones. There are no inferior
pieces, for example, and the progression of sizes appears

I wouldn’t buy it but some computer millionaire with a recent
interest in woodworking might. I’m curious to know what
it eventually sells for.

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#14 posted 05-27-2012 07:34 PM

ther is only two things wrong with the collection
I wont pay that much nor can I afford it

and its not in my shop

thanks for making us drool a bit Charlie :-)


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#15 posted 05-27-2012 07:53 PM

I was going to buy the set, then I realized that three of the planes don’t have boxes, oh well. ;-)

Like others have mentioned, I’ve seen this set on ebay for a long time. He’s just holding out for the right buyer, I guess.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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