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Forum topic by NDakota posted 05-11-2014 09:32 AM 1072 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2014 09:32 AM

I have the chance to go Pre Auction and pick what I want out of approx. 65 hand saws and 10 planes. What I would like to know if there is a list of valuable saws and planes? If there was some sort of cheat sheet that I could carry with me that would be great!These are from 1885 to present time. Any help would be appreciated!!

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Don W

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#1 posted 05-11-2014 11:07 AM

That’s a pretty tough question for a short answer. I have a bookshelf full of books on the same subject.

The problem is old doesn’t always equate to valuable, and it depends on what you want to do.

For hand planes, almost any major brand pre lateral are collectors, and almost every pre wwll are decent users. I’ll buy any infill.

For saws look for old, with a nib, with a curved back, and a good handle and brass screws. If it doesn’t have brass, I leave it be.

WayneC has a great “what bit braces to look for”.

If you can post from your phone you can also ask here and hope someone is online who knows or can look it up for you.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 05-11-2014 01:57 PM

This site is a good resource you might want to look over. It gives a good visual history of Stanley planes through the years. I general terms, the older the plane and better the condition, the more valuable it will be.

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

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#3 posted 05-11-2014 02:42 PM

NDakota – for saws, this short article will tell you all you need to know.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 10:55 AM

So how did you do?

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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