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Homebrew

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311 days ago

Anyone here have any idea when the next version is actually going to be released?? I’m really hoping that the e-book version isn’t as expensive as the others..

-- Scott Rieman


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lwllms

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#1 posted 311 days ago

Here’s what’s on John Walters’ web site:
http://stanleytoolsbook.com/contact_us

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#2 posted 311 days ago

Looks like you have to send them a self-address stamped envelope. Not seen that in a while. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 310 days ago

I’ve been watching and waiting as well. He has my self addressed stamped envelope, but the site hasn’t been updated since January. I finally broke down and bought the 1996 edition.

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

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lwllms

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#4 posted 310 days ago

Walters will probably be at the MWTCA annual meet in Springfield, MO next weekend. If he’s there, I’ll see what I can find out. I got the ‘96 edition when it came out and rarely have any use for it, I can’t see buying this coming edition.

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Homebrew

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#5 posted 309 days ago

lwllms:

My understanding it is the best reference for stanley hand tools; it includes type dating and values for over 1500 stanley tools. If you rarely have any use for it then I would assume you do not need the information it contains or you already know all the knowledge the book provides. For collectors or those who buy and sell…I’m sure it is a great source. Also, if you rarely have a use for it, why wouldn’t you sell it? Even the first editions are catching a fair amount on ebay. Then you can put that to something you would have a use for…

-- Scott Rieman

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#6 posted 309 days ago

Scott I use it a lot as a quick reference but it’s not the greatest thing on stanley out there. The online type-charts are out there and some are even better (rex’s site with the pics is very easy to navigate). It only does type-studies of certain planes, not every tool. And the prices, something I never used it for anyway, are way out of date and a bit vague. (just opening to any page and I get: #1 Steel square $5-$50. That’s quite a spread.)

What it does have for most items (and it doesn’t do anything from the last 50 years) is a brief description(no cutter adjustment, cap held with thumbscrew), manufacturing dates (1879-1954), dimensions (14 inches long), construction(cast styrofoam, beech hangle), and the average price (see my note above). It’s also got a long list of patent dates. The type studies for the planes are nice, but other things are rather lacking like the chisel section – with no model # on the chisel it’s next to impossible to identify based on his descriptions.

I’d buy the book again, at the original $40 price, maybe even go $50. But I wouldn’t pay the current fleabay price.

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#7 posted 309 days ago

Thanks for the info Joe! Good stuff. I assumed I wouldn’t need all 400 pages or whatever it has. Kinda why I wanted the e-book version, but on the other hand it’s easier to flip through a book most of the time then a computer. I might just pick up the pocket guide and see what’s in store on that. I’m not all that interested in the values, because I can usually find current market prices with researching online. Just looking for type studies mainly on various tools, beyond the usual planes.

-- Scott Rieman

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#8 posted 309 days ago

If you’re looking for the Walters book as a pricing guide, I think you’re wasting your time/money. I’ve tried that one and the Murland guide and they are helpful for identifying tools, but the prices are waaay out of touch with reality.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#9 posted 309 days ago

I would think it’s value is the tool identification and features part of the book. If you are looking for pricing guidelines, I would search at eBay completed auctions and see what items sold for.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Homebrew

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#10 posted 309 days ago

Thanks for the responses guys, I said I’m not interested in values though. Value is easy. I’m not a collector, so value is what I can get for it. I want the the dating resources. When was the last time you were able to date a stanley tool other than a bench plane? Good luck. Even block planes aren’t usually that easy. There’s just not a whole lot of information out there. I’ve found some on spokeshaves, but that’s a whole nother book…lol

-- Scott Rieman

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#11 posted 303 days ago

Scott,

John Walters didn’t attend the annual fall meeting of MWTCA so I didn’t get to ask him about the book.

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#12 posted 280 days ago

So….I sent off a SASE to the address on Walter’s site and today it came back “Not deliverable as addressed”.

I figured I screwed up, but I just looked at his site again, and my envelope matches what’s on his site…??

Can anyone confirm or deny the address of…

John Walter – The Tool Merchant
No. 6135 Ellet Station on Wedgewood
Akron, Ohio 44312

Has anyone else had this trouble?

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#13 posted 280 days ago

I sent mine a few months ago and it didn’t come back, but since the site hasn’t been updated in close to a year now, I’m not holding high hopes.

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

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#14 posted 280 days ago

I hope he is not having health issues. :(

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 278 days ago

I’ve heard he is having health issues but what kind and how serious I have no idea. I’m glad to see him still around. I always wondered what happened to him.

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