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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 06-01-2014 10:08 PM 1847 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2014 10:08 PM

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!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 06-01-2014 11:42 PM

Good stuff P.K. always a pleasure, and I’m always amazed at what you find at those frozen prarie sales ;-)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 06-01-2014 11:49 PM

Thanks Glen!! Out here on the Tundra, where there are no native trees big enough to make popsicle sticks from, the planes that are privately owned get minimal use. did you know there are homes here which only JUST NOW are getting frozen water pipes from the street? Last winter’s deep freeze means the frost is still penetrating deeper as of now, despite nicely warming temperatures above ground…Scary!

And yet…vintage planes can still be had by anyone motivated to look for them, and I mean, ANYWHERE.

Ooops sorry for the bad pic, but that calipers is measuring .258” thickness at the bottom of the sidewall of that Brit 4 1/2. That is one Fat-Boy of a plane.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 06-01-2014 11:53 PM

nice acquisitions.

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

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#4 posted 06-02-2014 12:07 AM

Thanks, Don!!
It is YOUR limitless inspiration and encouragement that has transformed many of us into Handplane Curators!
Enjoying your ‘Time Tested’ website too!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 06-02-2014 01:08 AM

Dons certainly an enabler. I remember when i was on woodworkingtalk, looking for my first planes.

Don says “Look at my website” I went downhill from there!!

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#6 posted 06-02-2014 01:35 AM

I found about 20 Stanley planes all for about a couple bucks each at a neighbors garage sale. They are all very old, but none have the blades in them… are they worth picking up?

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#7 posted 06-02-2014 01:58 AM

lateralus: I can’t blame DonW for my handplane addiction, but I sure do look to him for guidance once in a while. I’m not as much into restorations as Don is, but I do enjoy rebuilding mostly transitionals. If and when I get a MIG welder, I have probably 30 in queue that could use a bit of welding.

If I had to do it all over, I’d probably just want one each of the Bedrocks, and a complete set of Stanley, Ohio, and Union transitionals. But I’m happy to enjoy my largely happenchance collection!

Hey, it’s not ‘enabling’....Don is just a great coach. Or is that “co-dependent”??

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 06-02-2014 10:14 AM

sjbmx408 There are many option for cutter replacements. You can find vintage cutters, sometimes for only a few dollars a piece or you can get after market like Hock or IBC. If they are reasonably priced, I say pick them up. I would.

And lat and poopie, it’s a “misery loves company” thing.

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

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#9 posted 06-02-2014 12:13 PM

Don:
re: sjb: I envisioned a table full of planes missing not only the cutters, but the lever caps as well. Living in Canada, I’d have to pretty much rely on eBay to find correct cutters,chipbreakers and lever caps, at $20 a pop. I’d not encourage sjbmx to start his collection this way. Great way for a plane master to add to his plane junkyard, though!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 06-02-2014 12:21 PM

Keep your eye peeled for one of these

Stanley #31. I like it better than the #33 I used to have. 24” long with a 2-3/8” wide iron. The #33 was at least 28” Long, with a 2-5/8 wide iron.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#11 posted 06-02-2014 01:07 PM

bandit: You prefer the 2 3/8” width over the 2 5/8”? Actually, I find it easier to either buy the iron tops on eBay and build a new fresh body out of beech. I really like transitionals, and lately I’ve been pulling out some of my long-forgotten Euro planes like my ECE Emmerlich’s ones, it’s quite a different experience.
Thanks for the tip on the #31!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#12 posted 06-02-2014 08:00 PM

Here’s some pics of two rather rare “Ritter” planes, approx. #110 size. I’ve got the only two I know of. They have ‘NH’ embossed on the sole and under the caps. Not sure if this is a reference to New Hampshire, or the name of the foundry, perhaps? These were both bought from eBay, both from different parts of Maine, a year apart, but who knows?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#13 posted 06-04-2014 12:43 AM

wrong window. its been a long day

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

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#14 posted 06-04-2014 01:00 AM

That’s interesting that those planes are extra thick right there. I was at a used tool shop last week and I saw 2 Stanley #6’s that had completely broke in half right at that spot and then were welded/braised back together. Nice planes ya got there. Ya got room?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#15 posted 06-04-2014 01:17 AM

A Cordovan #9-1/2 showing off

We have ribbons!

and the way it looked when it came in the door..

edit: forgot to mention one thing about the Cordovan…it was FREE!

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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