Stanley No. 5 C, Type 9 hand plane -- having a hard time finding them online

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Forum topic by AJThompson posted 03-20-2013 08:44 AM 1328 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2013 08:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plane stanley stanley no 5 restoration

Hi folks,

Long-time reader, first-time poster. :)

I’ve bought a few old hand planes at flea markets and swap meets recently because a) it’s fun to restore them, b) my dad does the same thing and we’re both kind of competitive, and c) they’re just gorgeous and I love to look at them. Oh, and I’m also refining (or probably more like developing) my hand tool skills, so I don’t approach purchases as a collector, so much as a future user.

That said, after I find one I like and successfully haggle the price down to under $20, I have a good deal of fun researching the type, popularity, collectibility, etc., before beginning restoration. I found one this weekend, though, that’s stumping me. I know it’s a Stanley No. 5 C, Type 9, and it’s in pretty good condition. But in looking for comparables online, I’m coming up short. Is this because they’re a dime a dozen and no one (but me) buys them? Is it because they’re somewhat rare? Is it because real woodworkers eschew corrugated soles and leave them to collectors (which I learned here)? What gives? I’m having a real hard time finding other examples to compare mine to.

Many thanks for any thoughts you might have.

(And I only paid $10, by the way. Talked the dude down from $25. That alone makes it worthwhile to me.)

-- I'm not a novice, I'm a student. And I'm not a collector, I'm an addict.

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#1 posted 03-20-2013 03:12 PM

AJ – im not sure why you are having a tough time finding comps of the T95C but my guess is that a lot of people dont type their planes unless they are a woodworker or a collector. I only pretend to be both and i dont really know the types of my planes. My guess its worth around $50-$75 all clean and tuned. Ive got an early 5C and love it for all kinds of tasks. I wouldnt turn my nose up at any plane that makes shavings.

Welcome to the gang …

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Don W

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#2 posted 03-20-2013 03:45 PM

We’ll need some pic’s, the rule around here is pic’s or it didn’t happen.

What info are you looking for?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 03-20-2013 03:46 PM

Totally agree with ‘stef that most people do not type their planes, so if you are using “Type 9” as a search parameter, it might be difficult to find matches. Try just looking at low knob planes and determining the type on your own.

Ebay really seems to set the prices. Doing a quick search for #5’s that have sold recently turned up:

This smooth bottom

This corrugated that sold as a Buy it Now


This one that needed a good cleanup

There are probably more, I just didn’t have time to look and these probably give a good idea of high, low and average value. I have a repaired Type 9 5C that was picked up at an auction, in a lot with a broken 605C parts plane for $20.

If you only paid $10 for a complete Type 9, you got a steal!


Is it because real woodworkers eschew corrugated soles and leave them to collectors (which I learned here)?

I don’t know where you learned that, I have several corrugated sole planes and don’t consider myself a collector. There are a bunch of others that feel the same way. I think the general consensus when corrugated vs. smooth has been discussed is that the corrugations are of very limited value (saving time flattening is the main one). I wouldn’t purposely seek out or turn down a plane because of the sole type, there are too many other, more important factors when deciding to purchase a plane.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#4 posted 03-20-2013 03:52 PM

I agree with all of the above.

I would value that plane at $20 in rusty but intact condition, $40 if nice and clean, and maybe as much as $75 if restored, tuned, and ready to use.

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

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#5 posted 03-20-2013 04:05 PM

Thanks all. I do have pictures—at home and still on the camera. I’ll post them later today for more feedback on whether it was a good buy or not. It definitely needs a cleaning, but looks like it’s in pretty good shape other than that.

-- I'm not a novice, I'm a student. And I'm not a collector, I'm an addict.

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#6 posted 03-20-2013 05:13 PM

I think I’m real enough at woodworking and I like
corrugated soles on Bailey jack planes. Both flat
and corrugated are common. My opinion is the
corrugations help when planing wet and pitchy
wood like framing lumber.

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#7 posted 03-20-2013 06:42 PM

At $10 you got a good deal if its in anywhere near decent condition. If the knob and tote are in good shape, you did very well.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#8 posted 03-20-2013 06:49 PM

I’ve got both Cs and smooths. Use ‘em, won’t differentiate between ‘em. Kinda seems like a point of discussion over a good cigar and old brandy. Then again, I’m not a collector.


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#9 posted 03-20-2013 07:12 PM

But there is nothing like a good cigar, a good brandy, and a good plane conversation.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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