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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 01-31-2014 02:29 PM 1150 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2014 02:29 PM

This guy posted an ad, quite a few planes on them, that look restorable, but wondering if there are any worth restoring? I have his number and might try to swing by today to take a look. I have 3 #4’s, 2 block planes, a #5. So the smoothers and extra block planes aren’t really calling my name. Looks like there might be one low-angle block there which would be nice if it was true. I might offer him $10/each for the 2 or 3 I want, or tell him if he wants $50 I’ll take them all, then clean them up and sell/donate the extras on here.

(See the link for more pictures).

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 04:33 PM

Looks to me like they’d all be decent users. I think $75 for all of them is more than fair, but if you can get him down to $50, then lucky you.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 01-31-2014 05:32 PM

You’re a bigger man than I am taking on these forlorn planes for rehabilitation. While there is satisfaction saving something from the trash bin, my own choice would be to order one or two nearly perfect planes from Lee Valley.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 05:46 PM

Planes like those pictured I pass up all the time if they are more than $5. That is kind of my limit unless they are special. I just picked up five wood molding planes at a yard sale this morning for $20 which I looked over for about ten minutes before pulling the trigger. They also had a brand new Saw stop tablesaw for $1900 if anyone is interested. The sale is in Ripon, Ca.

-- Dan, quartersawn oak = oak with stretch marks

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 05:46 PM

Paul, I must just be a poorer man. I don’t mind putting a little work into getting these back into working order, that’s how all of my planes have started. While I would love to order some LV planes, the $50 is about the extent of my “fun money” right now. I’m not poor, but between home repairs, day-care, another wee one on the way…we have much more important needs right now than new tools for me.

If I can get a deal within my budget and score a couple extra planes that I don’t need/want right now, I might clean them up and see if there are some others on this board in a similar situation who might want them for the cost of shipping.

There are 1 or 2 pictured there that I probably would not spend time rehabbing. The pitting looks a little much.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 01-31-2014 06:24 PM

I’m with thebigvise up there. I like getting one decent used plane for $50 and putting a few hours in to rehab it. Those ones up top look too far gone for me to want to touch. Honestly, I might pay $10 for them all. You might only pay $50 up front, but you’ll spend proabably 8-10 hours on each to turn it into a halfway decent user. And that is hoping that they have decent bones, which they might not. That is a lot of hours that I would rather keep for other purposes. Just my .02

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#6 posted 01-31-2014 08:58 PM

Some serious rust there. If you go look take some PB blaster to see if you can get them apart and check the condition of the blades. Pitted soles isn’t a deal breaker but the blades may all be so pitted that you have to buy new for the lot of them. Otherwise wait until yard sale season gets into full swing soon.

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#7 posted 01-31-2014 11:24 PM

See if this helps.

-- Creating less fire wood every day

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#8 posted 01-31-2014 11:34 PM

I’d take them all. If it help with lowering the price, leave the 2 last block planes.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#9 posted 02-01-2014 03:31 AM

I, too, would bring them all home if you can work a price, and you enjoy this type of work enough to tackle them. It is all in how you enjoy spending shop time, etc. etc. They will definitely take a little love, and, I must concur that pitted blades can be a problem.

My story is much like yours, BinghamtonEd, in that my fun money is limited by many mouths to feed etc., so I have been known to clean some rough stuff. Believe it or not, I have got my kids interested in working with me on planes much like this so for me it is quality time in a different way. These look to me like they will clean up O.K. In the zap tank or with Evaporust.
I hope to sample an LV or two someday, and I understand that they are wonderful tools, but for now, I am also in the rust and crust camp. Good luck if you take on the project and post some pics if you tackle them.

-- Brent

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#10 posted 02-03-2014 06:41 PM

I don’t know where the 8-10 hours of cleanup comes from. I usually spend 2-3 hours. I just get them usable. This #5 took me about 3. I spend a half hour dismantling and brushing the loose crap off the pieces, then drop them in evaporust overnight. Next day everything gets scrubbed, rinsed off and dried…bout a half hour. I’ll take a fine wire wheel to them if needed for maybe 10 minutes to get anything that loosened up that I missed. The rest of the time is spent flattening and sharpening. They don’t always come out looking pristine, but they come out working.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#11 posted 02-03-2014 07:45 PM

I’m looking at the knobs and totes. While the planes are grimy, I do
not think they have been dropped or used a lot because the
tote horns are intact.

I’d go for 2 or 3 with the high knobs if they are Baileys or of
comparable quality. You can tell by removing the iron and
examining the frog and comparing it to a Bailey frog. Probably
one of them at least is a Bailey.

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#12 posted 02-03-2014 09:54 PM

That one looks pretty good to me and nice curls too!

-- Brent

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#13 posted 02-03-2014 10:59 PM

I enjoy repairing restoring old equipment instead of buying new.
$75 for the whole thing seems to be fair.

-- Bert

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