Finally found a #2 Stanley

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Forum topic by willie posted 03-23-2015 11:14 PM 850 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2015 11:14 PM

I’ve had an ad on CL for a while looking for old planes. I got a call last Friday night from a guy telling me how this phone call would change my life! I was about to hang up thinking this was some telemarketer trying to sell me something I didn’t want. Not sure why I didn’t hang up right then but I stayed on the line.

His dad has a bunch of old planes and other tools he needs to get rid of. The old man was a joy to talk to. He knows planes and we sort of educated each other on what we know. There were about 50 or 60 planes that he needed to sell. When he told me about the #2, I had to go look!

Most of what he had was in pretty good shape and there were some parts planes. He needed to sell them quickly so he said I could have them for half of what he paid for them. I was only interested in the #2 but had brought a friend that buys and resells, after I clean them up, for the rest. He agreed to sell me the #2 for $125 and a bunch of block planes, #78’s, a #130, others I can’t remember off the top of my head but he ended up with about 25 planes and a Starrett 12” rule with comb. head, center finder, and protractor head for another $200. Seemed like a good deal! The son almost blew the deal for us telling his dad that he should be charging us twice as much until the dad told him to shut up.

I still have to go through the 2 boxes we got to see what’s there but I finally got my #2! I had to buy a LN to get my #1 but I finally have #1 through #8. I don’t figure to ever find a #1 that I can afford but I’ll keep looking!!!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#1 posted 03-23-2015 11:27 PM


I have a run of the easy ones, all the type 9’s from the #3 to the #8. I doubt I will ever finish the series but I could get lucky :-).


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#2 posted 03-23-2015 11:44 PM

It great to finish a set. What’s the next set?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 03-23-2015 11:46 PM

It’s taken me 35 years to complete my set. Didn’t think it would ever happen. Still need a Stanley #1 but I know that’s way over my budget! It’s still fun to look. I saw a few things today that I’ve never seen before. It’s nice having a friend that buys them almost daily. He has a knack for finding deals and buys a lot. We usually split the profits but occasionally I’ll keep one I didn’t have.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#4 posted 03-24-2015 12:27 AM

Very nice! Cheap #1’s are out there. A few of us have found them for ridiculously low amounts.

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#5 posted 03-25-2015 06:51 AM

Wow…... A great bargain !

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#6 posted 03-25-2015 11:25 AM

There is a #2 sweetheart for sale on Milwaukee’s Craigslist for $125.00 if anyone is interested

-- David

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#7 posted 03-25-2015 01:08 PM

Does anyone know what color the paint around the logo on the lever cap is? It’s black on this one but I thought it was supposed to be red.

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#8 posted 03-25-2015 01:22 PM

I would love to have one but have not found the right one. C0ngratulations.

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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