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Topic tags/keywords: plane stanley record

Currently, I only own two Record hand planes, a low angle block plane and a #4 jack plane. I have learned to sharpen them with sandpaper on float glass and tuned up, they work remarkably well. I would like to expand my use of them in the shop as I find it much more relaxing than my delta jointer. I cannot see paying over $400 for a plane, nor do I like the thought of the Wood River planes made in China.

I would like to learn of a few trusted sources for original/restored Stanley and/or Record planes. If any of you have any suggestions, I would love to know. Have you had good luck on e-bay? Also, while I know restoring hand planes is well within my capabilities, I already feel as though I do not have enough time to devote to actuallyt building furniture projects and do not need another hobby to distract me from that.



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#1 posted 729 days ago

Don W here on LJs is a trusted source, as is Walt Q at brass city records.

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

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#2 posted 729 days ago

Yeah see if Don W has any he is looking to part with. Good luck.

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#3 posted 729 days ago

Funny, I was thinking of suggesting Don when I read the title… I’ve obviously been beaten to it.

Although I haven’t purchased a plane from him (yet) I have had him camber 2 of my irons, and bought a hand grinder from him. I’d do it again no questions asked.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#4 posted 729 days ago

Walt Q is an awesome source and will make sure you are happy. I have delt with him afew times and also he is very very knowlegeable about all planes and handtools.

Here is a link


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#5 posted 729 days ago

Welcome to the rabbithole. Don W is a great supplier of tools, and occasionally Dan & RGTools will post some restored Stanleys for sale here. If you need to expand your search radius, all of these guys are people I’ve dealt with, and have been very happy. Yes, I have a problem. No, you cannot tell my Girlfriend.
Patrick Leach – the father of Stanley plane collecting. Email him to get on his list, or with any specific requests. Not the cheapest, but stands behind his product and has never not had what I’m looking for. This can be a bad thing.
Lee Richmond site. Snarky writeups and great gear. Man Heaven.
JD Isaacs website, some great gear, but the rarer stuff runs a little pricey.
Sandy Moss’ website. Great stuff, especially braces.
Jons got some great deals, and usually has fantastic saws.
Josh Clarks website, updated a couple times a month with a great selection and great pricing.
Bob & Carol Meeker, nice folks with a wide variety of common & rare items.

-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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#6 posted 729 days ago

ITnerd is right

I forgot all about Hyperkitten. Great guy.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#7 posted 729 days ago

I picked up a Stanley #4 from Don. I’m still digging it.

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#8 posted 729 days ago

If you are interested in used, I suggest a trip to Ligonier, PA, Graham’s Antique Market on RT 30. There’s one booth there where the dealer handles nothing but old tools. I’ve picked up several wooden molding planes there, plus several other various old tools. It would be hit or miss, because the tools seem to move quickly.
Hope this helps.

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#9 posted 728 days ago

WaltQ at Brass City Records and Josh Clark (Hyperkitten) are both very, very good resources for vintage tools. I’ve not personally bought anything from DonW, but his rep around here is excellent. If all of those fail you, I also sell vintage planes.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 728 days ago

Don and Dan hands down slay me at restore work. Their restores are pretty and functional. Mine tend to be more on the functional side of life. I select tools that can be put back to work and that precisely what I do.

Do you know what exactly you are looking for? If you rattle off a list of tools, this group will probably hunt it down for you.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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