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Forum topic by GregTP posted 07-09-2017 12:57 AM 767 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2017 12:57 AM

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I paid $15 for a Stanley No. 6, Type 5 at a yard sale this morning in good shape. It has some surface rust and some flaking of the japanning. As far as I can tell the original parts are intact and everything is in working order although in need of rehab and sharpening. All the major features match the Type 5, no raised ring under the knob, one piece, arched-back frog with no adjusters, one piece lateral adjustment lever with two patent dates etc.

I checked ebay and the only one I found is in much better shape and the seller wants $130 (asking, not sold). I am going to use the plane anyway, so its mostly curiosity but does anyone have a realistic estimate for the value of this plane? Maybe before and after a decent rehab?

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#1 posted 07-09-2017 01:58 AM

Older #6 planes are pretty common, I’ve found. I have a Type 6 that I got on eBay for something like $25 shipped.

Try searching completed listings on eBay. Type 5 isn’t old enough where serious collectors are going to go nuts for it, I don’t think.

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#2 posted 07-09-2017 10:25 AM

It’s always what the market will bare rule. You paid 15.00, that is a good price for sure. New #6 is way more than that, but for a woodworker a nice plane at a very reasonable price is always welcomed. I have paid anywhere from 15.00 to 55.00, depending on the shape and usually pick an older plane over a new. Though that rule has been broken now and again, have purchased a couple Veritas and L. Nielson, and find them to be beautifully made and ready for work. Have fun, make some dust.

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#3 posted 07-09-2017 10:52 AM

Sounds like a good deal on a sweet plane.
Hope you have loads of fun making little curls with it, (and maybe something useful).

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#4 posted 07-10-2017 11:23 AM

Good used Stanley plane are fairly easy to find at a good price in the wild in certain parts of the world.

In other parts they are harder to find, so the price goes up. Also some guys don’t like cleaning and tuning them so they’ll pay more for completed planes.

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