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Forum topic by Ahekma posted 02-25-2013 05:38 PM 1081 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2013 05:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question plane

So while digging through CL i came accross this large collection of hand planes. I havent done much with hand tools or planes as of yet but at only $500 for everything it seems like a great deal but wanted to get the opinion of some more seasoned woodworkers. There are a few more not pictured but it looks like around 70 tools of different varieties

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 05:43 PM

Depends on your motivation. If you want to get a bunch of planes to use, this is a no brainer. You can clean up the duplicates and sell them on ebay and get your 500 bucks back.

-- Ron in Kokomo

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 06:00 PM

Thats what i was thinking but i wasnt sure if the value was there on the planes

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 06:09 PM

I think the value is definitely there, there’s a lot of stuff there. The pics look familiar, you by any chance in MI?

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 06:10 PM

Well, that looks like a bunch of #7 jointer planes, which,
if that is what they are, are worth $50-$80 each on

Other than that the cabinet scraper is worth maybe
$100, IIRC.

None of the block planes look collectible to me.

The smoothers are likely worth about $20 each on
ebay. The jacks maybe $30 each.

Moulding planes with cutters sell for $15 and up each,
and if they are matched or in sets they are worth
a little more.

Transitionals are not my thing, but you might find
you like them. They aren’t usually worth a lot.

I’m being real with you. Some of my valuations
may seem stingy to some readers, but just look
on ebay at what old flawed planes actually sell
for and you’ll see.

You might get lucky and find one of those planes
is an early Bedrock with a Bailey-style body.

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 06:12 PM

Very few woodworkers actually use that many different hand planes, and many don’t even use a block plane or a smoother. I’d consider the purchase only if I looked forward to fixing them up to top condition—no small task—over the next two months or so. I can’t see this becoming a money-maker for you, even using minimum wage as a measure of the value of your time. Just my humble opinion…

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 06:17 PM

Thanks for the info, I diefinatly appreciate it. LucieB I am in michigan, Lowell if you know it, Grand Rapids area if you dont :)

I guess all I need to do now is convince myself to spend the money on something i dont really need :)

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#7 posted 02-25-2013 06:33 PM

I’d offer $350 and see what happens. Some of those planes are nice to have workwise, but if you are just looking to clean them up and sell them again, like Loren says, it might be a stretch.

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#8 posted 02-25-2013 07:28 PM

If he’s not too far off (time gas and money are worth something) go and take a look at them and depending on what they look like and what he has there I’d tell him I’d give him $300.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 02-25-2013 07:28 PM

70 tools for $500 ! $7.15 each !
How far do you have to travel for these?
Go and TRY to buy each one individually. Really , no plane is less than $30. regardless of what some say.
We all like to buy them cheap, when we sell them they should have some value.
If they are saying there is no value, it is because they are “NOT INTERESTED” in using them. Have NO CLUE or are trying to buy them cheap for themselves. Granted you may not use all of these. But for that price you can pick the ones you think you may use and sell the rest.
We all have our “favorites”.
I personally have over 500 planes. Some are valued at $1500+, none of them are valued at less than $30.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#10 posted 02-25-2013 07:35 PM

If you are going to make money out of them by selling them then you need to buy low and sell high. If you offer $300 then maybe you end up paying $350 or $375. Then you can afford to put some time into them and get ‘em cleaned up. Just my two cents worth.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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