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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 06-01-2014 07:01 AM 2843 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ColonelTravis

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06-01-2014 07:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley level

Hey babe, you have a library card? I wanna check you out!

Been wanting to find an old level to rehab, taken a while to find the right one. Anyone know what model and date (more or less) this is? I’ve seen one around here that looks identical – a Stanley #30, but it says “Stanley 30”, which makes it kinda easy to figure out that it’s a Stanley #30. Mine has nothing but the patents, which are all 1890s, which doesn’t necessarily mean 1890s. Maybe it’s an early #30. The ends are brass and have no markings except some guy etched in his initials. Compared to planes, there’s virtually nothing out there on old levels. I guess the wood is cherry or mahogany?


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#1 posted 06-01-2014 10:18 AM

John Walters book has a Stanley level type study in it.

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#2 posted 06-01-2014 12:08 PM

When I was in my dating years, we simply had no other alternative than asking for a date, politely. Sure, we experienced rejection, but it made us better stalkers.

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#3 posted 06-01-2014 12:33 PM

the #30 was made from 1859-1942
its cherry
the vial is a Justin Traut’s patent.

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#4 posted 06-01-2014 01:37 PM

That’s funny buckethead lol…beer helps.

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#5 posted 06-01-2014 05:12 PM

Thanks, Don. I don’t have his book.

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