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bdresch

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01-19-2015 08:15 PM

Does anyone have a descent user Stanley 9 1/2, 18, 60 1/2, or 65 they wanted to part with? I’ve been looking for a block plane, not happy with the quality in the new Stanley block planes and not really wanting to drop $100+ on a Veritas. It doesn’t have to be pretty, as long as all the parts are there and functional.
Thanks


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OSU55

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#1 posted 01-19-2015 10:13 PM

Just wondering what’s wrong with the Stanley 12-920 and 12-960 new block planes? While they do requires some tuning, mine work very well. Nothing against old ones if you can find them, in good condition with a good blade, for about the price of new. I wasn’t able to so I went with new.

I also have the 12-139 new Sweetheart version. I’m pretty happy with it since I caught it on a sale for $57. It is kinda big and heavy, but is great for cleaning up end grain and smoothing smaller surfaces. The only real gripes are the lash in the depth adjustment, and only A2 blades are available (A2 chips easily at 25° bevel for end grain).

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Thuzmund

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#2 posted 01-19-2015 10:56 PM

I had to be diligent for a couple weeks, but you will find older stanleys on ebay for under 40 bucks. Good ones too (but watch out for the junk of course). I think I got my 60 1/2 for 30 bucks or so (though they are more plentiful for a little more cash)

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bdresch

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#3 posted 01-20-2015 02:05 AM



Just wondering what s wrong with the Stanley 12-920 and 12-960 new block planes? While they do requires some tuning, mine work very well. Nothing against old ones if you can find them, in good condition with a good blade, for about the price of new. I wasn t able to so I went with new.

I also have the 12-139 new Sweetheart version. I m pretty happy with it since I caught it on a sale for $57. It is kinda big and heavy, but is great for cleaning up end grain and smoothing smaller surfaces. The only real gripes are the lash in the depth adjustment, and only A2 blades are available (A2 chips easily at 25° bevel for end grain).

- OSU55

The Sweetheart version would be interesting at $57 but I’ve never seen it anywhere near that price. The other models I got to hold and feel in the store and it just felt cheap. The machining was aweful, the brass knobs felt cheap, and the other small parts felt like they would break under any force. I’m sure they could be make workable with some tuning, but if I’m going to take a $35 tool and spent a couple hours of mine tuning, I would rather do it with a vintage tool.

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bandit571

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#4 posted 01-20-2015 02:25 AM

I MIGHT just might have one of the 9-1/2 by stamley in the shop…..all tuned up and in use. A second one needs a eccentric lever, has a knuckle cap, and is branded a Columbia plane on the iron.

S&H would be about $6 or so, small flat rate box…the plane? Just sold a Cordovan version a while back for $20.

PM if interested…

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TheFridge

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#5 posted 01-20-2015 02:42 AM

I got a 60 1/2 for 30-35$. Iron needed lapping but that was about it. It took a week or two in eBay.

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#6 posted 01-20-2015 03:41 AM

I got a 60 1/2 and a 9 1/2 from eBay, love the 60 1/2 very little work to tune it up but ended up buying the Lee Valley PMV-11 blade, best investment ever!

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#7 posted 01-20-2015 03:45 AM

Those PMV 11 blades sure are nice.

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#8 posted 01-20-2015 03:49 AM

I just got a craftsman branded Stanley 65 and even before sharpening the thing it is awesome! I spent 20 bucks on it, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find the equivalent. Good luck!

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#9 posted 01-20-2015 04:32 AM

Photos on my Stanley 9-1/2

With some pine shavings

This is the lever style cap, afraid I am keeping the knucklecap for me

The parts

And the sole…..might be worth the $20?

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

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bdresch

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#10 posted 01-20-2015 02:21 PM

PM sent

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bdresch

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#11 posted 01-27-2015 02:28 AM

Making my own shavings now! Thanks Bandit! Sure beats the pants off the new Mexican Stanley’s at menards!

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bdresch

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#12 posted 01-27-2015 02:30 AM

Now to build a shooting board.

That’s Wisconsin sugar maple btw.

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