There are still some decent deals out there, on vintage planes, if you want to dedicate a Saturday or Sunday on a Plane Safari!
Here’s some examples of what can be had:
first, some transitionals, including some recent Liberty Bell purchases.
From left, a Stanley #37 “Jenny” plane. This is the second such plane in as many months, but the other, not pictured is a pre-lateral and the sole is worn badly to one side, with an iron to match! Somebody musta really loved it.
Next, an ”Edge-Rite” #28 sized plane. “Edge-Rite” was a brand sold through ‘Eaton’s’ a Canadian department store very similar to Montgomery Wards in its day. I’ve got to crack the books, but I believe these were made by Sargent, a brand I’ve been trying to avoid getting into!
Next, a pair of Stanley #127 Liberty Bells. These aren’t too hard to find, and apparently well outsold the all-iron Liberties. I’ve got a dozen or more Trannie Liberty’s, but not one all metal one.
Finally, a Stanley #135 Liberty Bell. Again, fairly common, but make nice smoothers!
Next, A pretty generic later model Stanley #3, looks like somebody combined later plane parts onto an earlier sole. Could become a good user.
2nd is a Stanley #4 in Cordovan, made in Canada. I want a complete set of Cordovans, I’ve got a few…I dunno, reminds me of Shinola Ox-Blood shoe polish when I was a kid… er, 50 years ago.
3rd, A Stanley 4 1/2, made in England. These British, and Canadian examples defy accurate typing by the usual reliable guielines. The cheeks on this baby measure .205 at the top; they are about .258 thick near the sole!!! I’ve never seen cheeks this thick!!! A substantial plane that weighs a ton.
4th: A Rapier plane, #500. I like Rapier planes, I’ve got 3 or 4 number 400’s, (#4 size) and I like ‘em. So this #500 is right at home.
Lastly, a Firestone #4 size. I dunno, the #4s with weird names have always fascinated me, and I want one of each ever made, LOL. Used to be, Firestone tried to compete with Western Auto Stores to be mecca for automotive and hardware, but then when the Firestone 500 tire created lawsuits, they dropped their peripheral market lines. I like accumulating any weirdo #3 and #4 maybe a museum someday? Lol.
Anyway, the point being to all of this, is for encouraging everyone to snatch up those orphan planes that continue to turn up at yard sales, Antique shows and even Mennonite thrift shops. Give ‘em a loving home!!
and.. don’t forget to spay or neuter those planes!! Wink, Wink!!
The Edge-Rite, Stanley #3, and Stanley 4 1/2 were all found at an Antique show today, the others were from various online auctions. Not pictured is a Vaughn-Bushnell #704 which also recently survived an international shipment quite nicely!
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