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bbc557ci

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182 days ago

Hi all.

I found a Stanley No. 7 on Craigslist and the guy is asking $50.00 for it. I’m heading out soon to take a look at it.

I know nothing about the older/vintage planes. Is $50 for this plane in the ball park if it’s in decent/useable condition?

Thanks !!

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"


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DocBailey

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#1 posted 182 days ago

$50.00 is fine for a #7
cklist:
• no cracks/repairs in main casting or frog. Hopefully little or no pitting in castings.
• mouth should be square; no chips out of it
ideally handles should be intact, but these can be replaced.
• same with the japanning (ideally, it’s perfect but not the end of the world if it isn’t)

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bbc557ci

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#2 posted 182 days ago

Thanks Doc. What the heck is japanning? Sorry – newb hand plane question….

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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JayT

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#3 posted 182 days ago

Agree that $50 is a good price for a #7 in useable condition

Japanning is the black finish on the plane body. It’s composition is different than paint or enamel.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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bbc557ci

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#4 posted 182 days ago

Ah ha!! Thanks JayT. I thought that’s what it was but wasn’t sure.

Leaving soon to take a look. I’ll post a pic or two if I decide to grab it up.

Thanks again Doc and JayT!!

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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lightcs1776

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#5 posted 182 days ago

Bill, I’ve been watching for a #7 for a while now and $50 seems like a decent price, at least over on this side of the state. Good luck. Hopefully you will find it in solid condition.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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bbc557ci

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#6 posted 182 days ago

Per DocBailey:
• no cracks/repairs in main casting or frog. Hopefully little or no pitting in castings.
• mouth should be square; no chips out of it
• ideally handles should be intact, but these can be replaced.
• same with the japanning (ideally, it’s perfect but not the end of the world if it isn’t)

Well I went and got the No. 7…..
No cracks or repairs visible, there’s a little surface rust, but appears little to no pitting.
Mouth is square and no chips, looks really good.
Handles have some minor chips and some normal wear, but are sound.
Japanning is chipped/disturbed at the raised areas at the very front and rear of the main casting, center areas look to be all there and pretty good shape, barring a few minor dings/dents and a small chip or two.

And, the blade actually feels pretty sharp!! This plane was definately a user, but seems to have been taken care of pretty well.

Now the bad….. Looks like the previous owner used a low amp welder to add his name to the sides of the iron. Looks like a very fine weld. So fine I can hardly feel it when I rub a finger over it. I’m thinking…hoping, I can remove it!!

I’ll take some pics tonight and post them. Oh…. I got the plane for $40.00 :o)

Thanks again for the input !!

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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JayT

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#7 posted 182 days ago

Congrats, but …....

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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gawthrrw

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#8 posted 182 days ago

Its pretty normal for people back in the day to put their names or initials on their planes. I think three of mine are like that. I think thats an outstanding price for a #7.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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lightcs1776

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#9 posted 182 days ago

Congrats, Bill.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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DocBailey

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#10 posted 182 days ago

Sounds like “ya done good”

I look forward to the photos (by the way, we like to see before and after pix)

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bbc557ci

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#11 posted 182 days ago

Ok fellers he she be… and JayT, I am now in compliance with rule no. 36!!

I said I paid $40 for the plane, and I did. But the trip in my pick up probably = $10 in gas, so….

Overall the plane appears sound and in good shape. But I’ll try and find time this weekend to pull it apart and give it a good cleaning. And at some point in time I’d like to do a bit of a re-furb to pretty it up some.

If you look at the sides of the plane you can see where the previous owner (now deceased so I was told) welded, I think, his name on it. I might put a fine belt on the belt sander and see if that takes the name/weld off. But, if is in indeed welded I expect even after sanding, the name will likely still show some. If anyone has ideas on how to remove the weld/name feel free to speak out!!

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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richardwootton

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#12 posted 182 days ago

That bad boy is in great shape! I’d just leave the name, it adds to the character and history. It’s not a super collectible plane so the name on the side doesn’t really affect value or usability.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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DocBailey

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#13 posted 182 days ago

+1 on leaving the name/history on the plane.

besides you don’t want to be miistaken for an UK tool dealer!

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JayT

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#14 posted 182 days ago

I agree with richard on all counts. I have several planes where previous owners initialled the side with a center punch and it just adds to the history. A person actually signing the plane somehow is actually kinda cool, IMHO.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Don W

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#15 posted 182 days ago

+ another, leave the history.

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

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