Jack plane from 60's?

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Forum topic by mahdee posted 10-19-2013 02:25 PM 1497 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2013 02:25 PM

I bought this Jack plane for 32 dollars. It looks like it has never been used or cared for very well. Any idea how much it might be worth. I need to use this to level my slabs but after looking at it, I am wondering whether I should store it and not use it.


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#1 posted 10-19-2013 02:30 PM

It’s not a rare/valuable item if that’s what you mean. On that certain auction site if you check past auctions there was one that sold for $45 with the box, one sold for $15 with box, and others that didn’t attract any bids. A guy up in Tucson was listing one on craigslist for approx 6 months before the listing disappeared. I don’t know if he gave it away or just gave up on trying to sell it.

So there’s no reason not to use it.

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#2 posted 10-19-2013 02:32 PM

Planes from that era aren’t going to be worth much unless they are some kind of really rare variety. I’m sure everyone and their grandfather had a Craftsman Jack Plane in the ‘60s, though I don’t collect planes so I could be wrong about that. Perhaps it being in mint condition with the original box matters.

As a way of comparison, I bought a type 13 (circa ~1925) Stanley No. 5 jack plane for $20 on ebay recently.

I can’t see that plane ever being worth more than what you paid for it, but that’s no reason you can’t tune it up and use it. I’d do that.

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 12:00 AM

Cool, thanks for the replies, I’ll go ahead and use it for its origial purpose; flatining my lumber. The new ones like this sell for 150 dollars.


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#4 posted 10-20-2013 12:04 AM

I’ve got its #4 brother. Same shape, same box. I paid $15. I even got the booklet inside. For another $32 you can have a set. :-)

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#5 posted 10-20-2013 12:57 AM

If you watch the “Antique Road Show” on PBS you will know that collectibles that are in completely original condition – especially original finish, with factory decals, in original factory boxes with manufacturer literature and with price stickers/sales receipts attached – can bring hefty sale prices – regardless of make and model.

I think in your case the passage of considerable time might be required to realize a substantial profit, for Craftsman planes are not presently desirable collector tools. If you do decide to hang on to it as is, one of your offspring may thank you for that in the future.

On the other hand, you might derive great enjoyment from using it as the fine tool that it is.

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