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04-01-2009 03:38 AM

I might be crazy but I just outbid some guys on this. Picked it up for $21.00. Please tell me I didn’t screw up. I sniped it in the last 10 seconds of the auction. 2 other bidders were trying to pounce with lowball bids but I had set my minimum high enough to get it with only one bid. I figure if its junk, I can still get value from it by learning how to care for and feed one of these things.

Here is a link to it. Stanley #5 Please be gentle! (I’m kinda excited).

Thanks guys,

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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Francisco Luna

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#1 posted 04-01-2009 04:22 AM

Matt, that plane looks great!
A very decent plane to start sharpening your skills, its clean, and the wooden parts can be replaced or restored. The price was perfect!
I do the same thing when haunting at ebay, I open two windows, one to check the time, and the second with my only and final bid ready to go…...I let it go in the 5 final seconds!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#2 posted 04-01-2009 05:05 AM

That a nice price and a fine looking plane it should clean up fine. The blade looks good with no major nicks it should sharpen up nicely. Some of my finest cutting plane are my no. 5 they just fit my hands and the control is remarkable. One of my favorite research books is Graham Blackburn’s “Traditional Woodworking Handtools”, this is a wealth of knowlege on sharping and setting these timeless tools. Enjoy your new find and happy shavings…Blkcherry

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 04-01-2009 05:57 AM

Looks like a good one. Someone that knew a little about planes had this one. Looks like the blade has been sharpened with a camber to avoid plane tracks. Good luck with your new user!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 04-01-2009 02:59 PM

I think that’s a great first plane and a very good buy at < $30 total. It’s looks to be in nice shape, and #5 is very versatile. That’ll be a great compliment to a small block plane. Get it cleaned up, hone the blade, and adjust it with just a smidge of blade protruding…the tendency of have the blades set for too much bite. You’ll love the feeling the first time you slice off a nice thin curly shaving!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#5 posted 04-01-2009 03:18 PM

I just re-furbed a Stanley/Bailey #5. I bought it at an antique store for more than you paid. I flattened the sole, sharpened the blade, and touched up the edge of the chip breaker, and it preforms like a charm – equally as well as a much more expensive Clifton #5 that I bought last year.

With a pair of winding sticks, a straightedge, and a solid bench I can quickly address twist and cup in a board and prepare it for the planer, eliminating the need for a huge jointer.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#6 posted 04-01-2009 04:52 PM

Very nice. It should serve you well. Are you set up to sharpen?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 04-01-2009 05:35 PM

Not really. That’s next. I am still reading a bunch. Care to point me to any other resources?

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#8 posted 04-01-2009 06:02 PM

There’s some really great information on Cian Perez's website. Click “Woodworking”, and look for “WOODWORKING HOW-TOs”, and choose “Fossil Fuel Friendly”. It covers sharpening, fixing, identifying, making, buying, selling….you name it, it’s there.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#9 posted 04-01-2009 06:30 PM

Knotscott, thanks for the web site lots to look at, had to bookmark for a later date….thanks for sharing Blkcherry

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#10 posted 04-01-2009 06:43 PM

Well done. Very reasonable price for the condition.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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#11 posted 04-01-2009 06:47 PM

Looks like a great first plane, did good.
My first was a stanley #5 and #7 together, medium/poor condition, but they came from the estate of an old family friend, so sentimental value. Once cleaned up and sharpened, they do a great job.

As far as sharpening goes, the “Scary Sharp” method is my personal choice, but there’s lots of options, and it’s often one of the more hotly contested topics out there. I have a blog post on my personal sharpening travel, and I don’t think I’ve updated it, but they are MORE than scary now, I recently just touched my hand with one accidently, and it went through a work glove into my thumb with no pressure at all. So yeah, they’re sharp.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#12 posted 04-01-2009 06:49 PM

Looks like a good price, especially for the good condition! Enjoy putting that plane to good use!

I’d probably use something other than “TONGUE OIL” for refinishing the wood though…...

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#13 posted 04-02-2009 03:22 AM

You did good and will not regret it. I have a few Lie Neilsen Planes and finally got around to putting a solid tune up my dads post-ww2 bailey and with a $30 Hock blade performs as good as the $400 LN 5 1/2.

-- Marc

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#14 posted 04-02-2009 05:56 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys! I feel much better. Those guys have already shipped it. I expect to have it this weekend. I gotta get crackin’ on learnin’ some lapping, sharpening, and tuning.

Thanks again,

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#15 posted 04-02-2009 06:20 PM

Matt, I just bought a Stanley #71 on ebay, and like you I must have put my higgest bi d out far enough to scare everyone away. I have this notion, idea or whatever you want to call it, that as everything goes up in price and all the problems people are having in making bills and payments, I wont ever have to worry about not having electricity by learning to use and carefor hand tools. Good job on yours. Looks great

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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