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Forum topic by Thrakintosh posted 11-25-2010 06:11 PM 1242 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2010 06:11 PM

Picked up a Stanley No. 2 as part of a collection of tools from a friend who’s dad was parting out his shop.

I know I’m entering dangerous territory here but… Do I use it or not? Or, should I leave it as is and put it on a shelf in my living room?


-- Adam - Red Hook, NY

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#1 posted 11-25-2010 06:52 PM

Personally, I don’t believe in the collectors market and don’t give tools extra value because they are rare. I say if it can be restored to good working order then use it for what it was made for. If it can not because the sole is cracked or missing parts well then use it as decoration.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 11-25-2010 06:58 PM

I think the #2 is the best of the metal bench planes. Use it.

Prices for #2 planes in the collector world have been falling and are now down to something pretty reasonable.

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#3 posted 11-25-2010 09:07 PM

Use it, but tread lightly on the idea of “restoring” it. It is a No2 which means it has probably been owned by at least one person, if not several, that knew how to tune and use it. I would bet it is already flat soled, tight mouthed. Remove any obvious rust but resist the urge to make it sparkly.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 11-25-2010 09:41 PM

if possiple make a user out of it
and I second Swirt do it gently
look forward to see it work

take care

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#5 posted 11-25-2010 10:54 PM

sell it in parts and buy something nice with the cash…. like a No3 which is a little bigger and easier to hold.

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#6 posted 11-26-2010 03:13 AM

I would rather see you give it away than to put it on a shelf. If you know how to use a tool and keep it in good shape for your grandchild, then use it, otherwise give to someone who will pass it on to future generations

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#7 posted 11-26-2010 04:31 AM

Thanks all for the input! My inclination was to first: clean it up (lap the sole, seat the frog, replace the blade and chip breaker, etc.) and use it. Second: part it out and sell it putting the $ towards a Lie-Nielsen #2.

I think I’ll stick with option #1.

Happy Thanksgiving!


-- Adam - Red Hook, NY

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