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06-23-2012 01:01 AM

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Just wondering… other than perhaps a museum in New Britain CT, or possibly a catalog of some sort, is there anybody in the world that has attempted to collect one of each Stanley tool, by numerical designation? y’know, like a #95 butt- scribe, Miter boxes, tape measures, wooden levels…. anyone know of a private collection? What, maybe 5000 tools, and I’m not even suggesting hinges and hasps or other hardware… That would be cool!

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#1 posted 06-23-2012 01:02 AM

I don’t even know if there is a book with pictures of such a thing.

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#2 posted 06-23-2012 01:19 AM

Being about 20 minutes away from new britski id have a season pass! No such luck that i know of though.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 06-23-2012 02:10 AM

Catalog #34. I’d like one of everything in here…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 06-23-2012 02:54 AM

@smitty: I gotta get me one of those catalogs! There’s gotta be somebody out there who has put together a Stanley collection in numerical order. Yes, I know, Stanley used the same number we associate with a plane, to designate other tools. Confusing, but the mega-collector knows all about it! Where is this person?
Don..possibly this could be the next step, when the collecting bug subsides…Not!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 06-23-2012 02:59 AM

I’ve got the one above in my nightstand, and thumb through it alot… That’s weird, I know. But it’s also relaxing.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#6 posted 06-23-2012 07:18 AM

Smitty, you thumb through it? No no no… You should make photo copies of all the pages and then put the original in plastic with a cardboard backer like you would a comic book. What kind of collector are you??? hahaha

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#7 posted 06-23-2012 10:54 AM

I bought this book hoping it was something like you describe, but it didn’t even come close.

@Smitty, I’ve looked at buying those catalogs, but they don’t come cheap either. A catalog or another plane, how do you decide?

A correction of what Dan wrote, “Smitty, you thumb through it? No no no… You should make photo copies of all the pages and then put the original in plastic with a cardboard backer like you would a comic book. Then paste the copies through out your shop. What kind of collector are you??? hahaha”

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#8 posted 06-23-2012 12:52 PM

Yes, I thumb through it! And I drool on occasion too. Bwah-ha-haa! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#9 posted 06-23-2012 01:16 PM

Poopie, I have no idea; however, the Smithsonian museum has far more items behind closed doors and locked away in warehouses than what they display. I’m sure they don’t have all of them but however many they do have I’d love to see them all out on tables. People donate whole collections of all kinds of things as time goes by.

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#10 posted 06-23-2012 04:30 PM

There is a gentleman in Shaftsbury, Vt. that runs a private museum of Stanley tools. I had the pleasure of speaking with him one day and he told me that he has (almost) every tool Stanley made.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#11 posted 06-23-2012 06:05 PM

Dave, I have lived within 15 minutes of Shaftsbury VT my whole life. I’ve. Never heard of that guy. Shaftsbury VT had a running Stanley plant up until a few years ago. I believe they made mostly the levels.

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#12 posted 06-23-2012 06:59 PM

I saw a very nice 1950s or 60s Stanley motorized plane with a helical knife head yesterday at a yard sale. It had a rosewood tote just like a handplane and was only $10. But I have way too many paperweights that were only $10 already. I just thought it was neat as I never knew they ever made such a thing.

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#13 posted 06-23-2012 08:41 PM

I had a friend, he died about 4 years ago, that was an avid collector of not only Stanley, but Winchester, Keen Kutter, Millers Falls, and some I never heard of. He was constantly going to auctions, garage sales, flea markets, and E-bay looking for tools. He had several of each rare or unusual tool. There were thousands of tools everywhere. He had to put an addition on his house just for the collection. It was nothing for him to spend $5000 at an antique tool auction, several times a month. I’m sure his collection was worth well over a million dollars at the time of his death. The whole collection was taken to Donnelly’s Auctions to be sold. I wish I was able to attend! I learned a lot about some great old tools from him. I still think of him whenever I find an old tool that I’m not sure what it is or what it’s worth. The greatest value I saw in all those old tools was the education I got about them and a great friend.

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#14 posted 06-23-2012 09:28 PM

Don, I can only tell you that that’s what he told me. He said he had worked at the Stanley plant and that was how he acquired most of them. He did give me a card. If I can find it, I’ll post the info. Who knows, maybe we can plan a LJ get together at this place.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#15 posted 06-23-2012 10:46 PM

Y’know…I was wondering…could we put together perhaps an online scrapbook of Stanley tools? Hmmm how would we organize it? Like.. all stanley planes, a pic of each ‘type’, a section on levels, a section on marking tools, and perhaps even a section for clapboard gauges? And then a second volume for Sargent, Millers Falls…. etc. an online photo depository, with watermarked photos. There’s gotta be a way to manage the influx of photos, to compile a coherent progressive group of pics. Can we do this within Lumberjocks, or would we need a independent website, a wikipedia-like compendium of viewer-supplied pics. Somebody with higher vision than me would know how to pull this off…and it would be an epic project!!! Your thoughts?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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