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trippcasey

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03-13-2013 10:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane stanley bailey hand tool

I posted a month or so ago asking about good beginner hand planes on a budget. Nearly everyone who replied said to look for older Stanley planes, specifically #4 and/or #5’s. So, I looked around at garage sales, the flea market, and craigslist and this is what I found.

The #4 and the little mini-plane are newer models, but I couldnt resist the price.

All together I have $80 on the table. I think I did well. I have not been through all of them yet. I just brought the #220 home today, and that is perhaps my favorite. The blue stanley #5 I hear is a cheaper 60’s to 70’s model but it does a great job for what I am doing. I used feeler gauges and a straight edge to check the flatness of it, and the guy I bought it from sharpened it and spent an hour with me tuning it and showing me a few other things. I dont know much about the #220, but it seemed like a good one to me.

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trippcasey

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 11:17 PM

Well, after more research I probably didnt do as well as I thought. Oh well. Lesson learned. One good thing is they are all flat, freshly sharpened, fully functional tools that I will use until I feel the need to upgrade. At least I have all of this below to practice on

All of this was free! Thanks Dad!!

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#2 posted 03-13-2013 11:33 PM

Maybe not a great deal, but the 220 and the #5 can definitely give you lots of service if you keep them tuned up. And it looks like you’ve got lots of wood to practice on there. Congrats!

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

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#3 posted 03-13-2013 11:37 PM

That 220 is sweet. Just the kind I like! Looks to be one of the older models with the text around the lever cap. Congrats, too, on the wood.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Bill White

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#4 posted 03-13-2013 11:44 PM

Don’t be discouraged. Just know that none of us at LJs has ever been exposed to overspending on any product. (Big note in parens: Yeah. Right).
I’m the exception. I’ve done it more than once.
Make chicken salad out of whatever chicken poop you’ve bought. You’ll be an even better WWer once you feel better about your purchases.
Bill

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Don W

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 12:08 AM

Brandon is right. The 220 is vintage. It will serve you well. The #5 isn’t the cream of the crop, but it will make an excellent jack plane. The #4, ..... well, you can probably make it work. If nothing else, it will hold papers from blowing away.

And the little finger plane, you’ll reach for that more than you think. In the end, as Bill said, we’ve all paid for an education at some point.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#6 posted 03-14-2013 12:53 AM

BTW that 220 is from around 1901-1919ish. If the TM on the blade is round on top its early and if its a column its mid-range and a triangle shape makes it closer to the later years. Not particularly collectible, but made in some of Stanley’s best years in my own opinion.

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trippcasey

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#7 posted 03-14-2013 01:48 AM

After some playing around tonight, I like the #4 the best for flattening. I need to tune the #5, and the 220 is freakin sweet!!

-- I almost post pics....until I see the daily top three...then I delete my post.

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JohnChung

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#8 posted 03-14-2013 12:55 PM

Before hoarding please do your homework :) But for a first round of buying planes you did fine. In
due time you will pick up stuff that are keepers.

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trippcasey

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#9 posted 03-14-2013 10:41 PM

Well, the hoarding continues today with another plane added to the collection. This one was from my father in law, and was free with the exception of blades. It doesnt need much tuning, just some TLC and some cleaning.

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JoeinGa

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#10 posted 03-14-2013 10:51 PM

Hey… FREE IS GOOD!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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JohnChung

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#11 posted 03-15-2013 01:43 AM

Indeed :) Evapo-rust to the rescue!

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