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Forum topic by knotheadswoodshed posted 08-28-2012 03:40 AM 1205 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2012 03:40 AM

,Hi guys,
found this on CL tonite, its close to home and was wondering if these are worth cleaning up?

I dont know too much about planes, but would like to get started on a nice collection

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#1 posted 08-28-2012 03:54 AM

I think they are probably worth it. The one big one looks like either a #6 or #7 and that one is worth 30 dollars by itself. If that one was not included in the group then I would have passed…

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#2 posted 08-28-2012 05:35 AM

They’re in pretty rough shape. One is missing the lever cap (easily findable on eBay). I’m not seeing the lateral adjust on the jointer plane, so it either never had one or (more likely) it rusted off. So that one might need a repair or a replacement frog.

What’s your time worth? If you’re patient and like fixing things up, go for it. If you would get frustrated chasing down small parts, buying supplies and putting all the time and effort it will take to restore the planes, you’d be better off buying individual planes in better condition for $20-40 apiece. Supplies for the restore (rust remover, paint, wire wheels, etc.) also cost money.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#3 posted 08-28-2012 03:12 PM

thanks for your input, guys

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#4 posted 08-28-2012 03:23 PM

Looks like a #5, #6, and #4. The one on the far right is an anchor. The #5 is a tall knob and the #4’s knob looks painted (a bad sign). If you have electrolysis and/or sandblasting, $30 for the #5 and #6 is a pretty good deal but it’s not an overwhelming victory. Like Dan said, the #6 is probably the most valuable but you really need to look in front of the rear tote to know for sure.
I’d probably pass, man. Get yourself a solid sweetheart era or earlier #4 off fleabag
$69, Type 10
$8 with 8 hours left
$41 SW
The #6 isn’t as popular (although it is with me). Here’s one in similar condition with no interest.
Whatever you do, get some planes!!! I just probably wouldn’t start with these. It’s worth hunting around and finding ones you really like. Good luck!

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

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#5 posted 08-28-2012 03:52 PM

They’re plenty rusty, but should clean up with some effort. The seller seems to think they’re worth more, and they will be if restored, but in current condition I’d be inclined to offer $20-$25 if you’re up to a project.

If you’re just looking for a decent user, I’d look for one decent plane that needs less work for your $30.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 08-28-2012 04:19 PM

I would give you $10 + shipping for the little one.

The #6 looks a bit rough to me, but it might clean up especially if you use electrolysis to clean it. The longer the better.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 08-28-2012 04:40 PM

Maybe I’m easy, but I have a fondness for the ugly ones. It makes them that much better when they’re cleaned up. I say “Deal!”

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

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