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Forum topic by BentheViking posted 07-14-2014 02:17 AM 1362 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-14-2014 02:17 AM

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So last week my wife and I went on vacation to Cape Cod and hit up a decent flea market. As any of us would be I was on the hunt for some tools. I went into it remembering what my dad always told me which was to look at all the booths before deciding what I wanted to buy. This turned out to not be too difficult as most of the tools that I saw were nothing special. It wasn’t until the second to last row, when I found a guy with a bunch of cool stuff most notable an older (not sure how old) #7 Stanley (Sweetheart I think) plane which was tagged at $55. Now I don’t know a ton about values of older tools, so some of you might be really upset at me for not jumping on this, but I wasn’t prepared to spend that much on a tool that i didn’t have an immediate need for and didn’t know too much about.

So onto the last aisle and I find another guy selling some planes. He had a #6 Bailey from 1965 with the original box. This thing was in like brand new condition and looked like it hardly ever had been used and certainly not in a very long time. It was tagged for $30, but all I had on me was $26 so I offered $25 and the guy took it.

So this was the first day of our vacation and it wasn’t until we got home today, before I was able to test this sucker out and damn fine shavings immediately.

Anyone have any thoughts on whether or not this was a good deal or any other info about the #6 Bailey?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#1 posted 07-14-2014 02:23 AM

Are the irons stamped?

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 02:30 AM

I didn’t take too good of a look, but I believe that there is a small stanley stamp at the very top of the plane that you can almost make out in the first photo

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 02:31 AM

Great advice from Dad. I don’t know any specifics, Ben, but I’d say you did well.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 07-14-2014 02:33 AM

I think that’s a fair price for a 6 in that condition, despite its newer vintage, but I disagree with your dad’s advice.

Once you know what a good deal is, don’t pass it up in hopes of finding a better deal. You probably won’t, and when you go back, the tool might be gone. Learn to recognize a smoking deal, and snap it up immediately.

Good luck with your new plane!

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#5 posted 07-14-2014 02:38 AM

I would have bought them. Would you be able to buy a plane that’s new and of the same quality for that price? The only problem I see is the trance hand planning puts you in. It’s a very calming thing for me. So good job on the purchase I maybe kind of jealous now.

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#6 posted 07-14-2014 02:45 AM

It’s a real good deal. I’d say it’s almost as good of a deal as finding a #7 Sweetheart for $55 (jk). Does the lever cap stay on nice and snug? On that vintage, sometimes the lever cap comes loose while your planing.

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#7 posted 07-14-2014 02:48 AM

With my limited use so far it does seem like the cap stays on

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#8 posted 07-14-2014 02:52 AM

The pre-WWII era Stanley planes are generally thought to be better-constructed than the later ones, so those are more highly sought-after. Still, I think getting a nearly-50-year-old plane in like-new condition is a really neat thing. I’d have jumped on it in a heartbeat. There is no reason why it can’t be a good user for you.

If that #7 was a Sweetheart, and in good condition, that would have been a pretty good deal too.

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

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#9 posted 07-14-2014 03:25 AM

Good deal on the handplane.

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#10 posted 07-14-2014 10:02 AM

A good find. The #7 was a fair price and if it was marked $55 you probably could have got it for $40. You can probably sell the box.

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

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#11 posted 07-14-2014 12:05 PM

I think you did well Ben. I like the 6 as much as I like my 7. Its in killer shape.

Was that the flea market up at the drive in? Last time I was in the cape it rained and never got above 60 degrees so there wasn’t much action there when I stopped in but on a nice day its a pretty interesting place to be. Congrats.

-- Something, something, something.

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#12 posted 07-14-2014 12:55 PM

Yes stef it was the flea market at the drive in.

I forgot to mention that the original owner etched his name in the side of the plane which I think is pretty cool.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#13 posted 07-14-2014 12:57 PM

Ya done good. I’m another of those that really likes a #6 size plane for edge jointing and flattening panels. Of course the big question is . . . . . . why are there no pictures of the shavings?

-- Pay heed all who enter: Beware of "the Phog" Rock Chalk, Jayhawk

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#14 posted 07-14-2014 12:58 PM

I would have rather had the #7 at $50 than the #6 at $25. But I already a #6 so my opinion shouldn’t count.

Just so you know, in the future, any time you see a “sweetheart” joiner plane for less than $75 it’s a steal; unless it’s broken or missing parts, of course.

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#15 posted 07-14-2014 03:42 PM

I’d say you did all right. It should be a nice user and looks good to boot. Ain’t life grand?

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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