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Forum topic by Ub1chris posted 09-03-2014 02:08 PM 982 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2014 02:08 PM

So I’m going to pick up a Stanley #7 from a guy today (no gloat until I see it’s condition) they,re from an old guys wife who appears to be selling the whole lot. Anyways, it looks like there’s a couple brace drills. Is this something fun to use. I know nothing about them (how much to pay, what to look for)

Any advice on anything else I should be looking for….like I said, it looks like an entire shop of hand tools for cheap.


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#1 posted 09-03-2014 02:25 PM

Buy the entire shop.

Seriously, buy it all.


Read this for a list of ‘essential’ hand tools to look for.

Braces are cheap. Typically $5 each or so. Look for a full set of bits, a full set is 13 of them. Full bit sets, if they’re sharp and complete and in good shape, can run around $25 on average, but could be much less.

RE: Hand planes, look for a smoother (#3 or #4) as well as a jack (#5) to go with that jointer. Then keep you eyes open for specialty planes like shoulders (#92/#93) and routers (#71/#271). And a fillister (#78) is great to have.

Check out Blood and Gor for more details than you can digest in a single sitting. Good luck, and post pictures!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 09-03-2014 03:01 PM

If I bought the whole shop, I couldn’t,t but any wood to use them on :)

There must be about 20 planes in the #3-5 range, and even more block planes. If I brought home a collection like that, I,d have to buy a lot of jewellery for my wife to make up for it, no matter how good of a deal I got :)

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#3 posted 09-03-2014 07:19 PM

So I picked up the #7 as well as a #5. The 7 looks to be in great condition. The 5 looks well used, but well cared for in all the places that count. I know I didn’t get as good a deal as some LJs on here, but I wanted something I could use without doing a complete cleaning/restoration. All told, the guy threw in the brace with the 2 planes for 80. I’m a happy camper! Pics to follow soon.


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#4 posted 09-03-2014 07:44 PM

#7 and #5 with a drill for that amount is reasonable. Wish i could come across someone’s old collection.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#5 posted 09-03-2014 07:48 PM

That’s what I thought, maybe not enough to be gloat-worthy, but enough to make me happy :)

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#6 posted 09-03-2014 08:21 PM

maybe not enough to be gloat-worthy

- Ub1chris

I don’t know about that. You pretty much bought a #7 for a good price and got the #5 and a brace thrown in for free. Might be worth a little gloating. Can’t wait to see pics.

Welcome to the dark side and the slippery slope of hand planes. Your life will never be the same.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 09-03-2014 09:52 PM

I don’t know? Pic’s or it didn’t happen.

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

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#8 posted 09-03-2014 10:54 PM

Welcome to a whole new world that will probably confuse and frustrate your currently happy wife!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#9 posted 09-04-2014 04:00 PM

OK… actually happenned!

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#10 posted 09-04-2014 04:06 PM

Congrats on a good score.

^ Now let’s keep the blades wicked sharp.

Have fun now.

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#11 posted 09-04-2014 04:08 PM

Buy jewelry for your wife BEFORE your vintage tool purchase. That’s always been my strategy!

-- 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 09-04-2014 04:37 PM


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

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#13 posted 09-04-2014 09:05 PM

Very nice deal! I’ve been looking all year and have only seen one broken #7 at a store and a pricey one on Craigslist.

-- Nicholas

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