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Forum topic by MikeUT posted 10-28-2014 04:18 PM 1254 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2014 04:18 PM

My wife and I went to an estate sale this weekend and I think I got a pretty good deal. I found a Stanley 9 1/2 (not sure how old it is) and a Wards Master Rabbet plane that is a Stanley no. 78 clone. It doesn’t have any iron adjustments so I believe it is pre-1920. I got both for $30. They were both VERY rusty. I have been wanting both a good block plane and a shoulder plane for a while now. I was so excited to get them that I neglected to take true ‘before’ photos. Here they are after I removed the rust and sharpened the irons. I still need to do some work on the soles and since the 9 1/2 is pretty beat up I might try removing the japanning and freshening it up a bit.

What do you guys think? Since the block plane is in such poor shape I know it isn’t worth much. I can’t find much in the line of sales info for the Wards Master but considering the general price for rabbet planes I think I did fairly well.

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#1 posted 10-28-2014 06:28 PM

Nice find, congratulations. I love when old planes pop out of estate/garage sales or flea markets.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 10-28-2014 11:51 PM

I think the Wards Master plane was actually made by Stanley for Wards. If you can find a depth stop for it, you’ll have a really good tool for your $30

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 10-29-2014 12:07 AM


This one has been one craigslist here for a couple weeks, he is so proud to own it!

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#4 posted 10-29-2014 02:24 AM

I have the same wards, it’s pretty decent.

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

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#5 posted 10-29-2014 10:45 AM

Nice finds. They should be good additions to your shop.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 02:10 AM

my finds of the day….


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