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kylebarb10

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08-23-2018 12:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plane stanley jack plane pitting restoring sole millers falls no 5

Hey everyone, new poster but I frequent the site. Just getting into woodworking with hand tools and I’m trying to source a jack plane. I found a stanley no.5c type 8 at a local thrift store. They want $55 which is on the higher end of what I would pay but it’s the only local one I can find. The plane looks good other than a chip missing from the sole. Should I be concerned about this? It doesn’t look like pitting, not sure what would cause that. Any thoughts is much appreciated.

Also there was a Miller’s falls block plane no.16 for $20. Again, any thoughts are appreciated.


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#1 posted 08-23-2018 12:23 PM

I wouldn’t be to concerned about the nick. The prices seem steep to me, but they are really more a matter of location and online auction pricing.

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#2 posted 08-23-2018 01:30 PM

Won’t hurt the function as long as there are no rough edges raised from the sole. A quick swipe on 10 over some sandpaper on a flat surface will smooth out the roughness. What does the iron look like? Plenty of life left in it?

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#3 posted 08-23-2018 01:49 PM

Prices seem high to me. But that millers falls I have the same model and it’s my go to little plane.

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#4 posted 08-23-2018 09:35 PM

The #5 looks fine. You are going to dimension wood by hand? Got a scrub? Lots a fun work ahead.

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#5 posted 08-23-2018 10:26 PM

If that’s a crack on the mouth in the right side of the picture of the #5, stay away from it.

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#6 posted 08-23-2018 11:09 PM

It’s a bit high. I’ve used soles in worse shape. I second don if it is cracked.

If you’re looking for planes I have some Stanley’s available. 2- 5’s and a 4 ready to go. I’d let them go for 40$ apiece shipping included. Pm if interested.

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#7 posted 08-23-2018 11:17 PM

You would be crazy if you didn’t take TheFridge up on his offer. Those planes look fantastic, you are saving 15 dollars and you know the user here on lumberjocks. The only downside is the week shipping would take.

I think $55.00 is a little high. You can find that plane on ebay for less. Again, I’d take TheFridge up, and I would do it RIGHT NOW!

Again, buy that number 5!!! I prefer the lower knobs myself…

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kylebarb10

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#8 posted 08-23-2018 11:28 PM


It’s a bit high. I’ve used soles in worse shape. I second don if it is cracked.

If you’re looking for planes I have some Stanley’s available. 2- 5’s and a 4 ready to go. I’d let them go for 40$ apiece shipping included. Pm if interested.

- TheFridge

What types are the number 5s? The older one is obviously prewar so I’m really interested in that one. Seems like a great deal. I appreciate the offer. Any more pictures you could PM me would be great, hard to tell the condition in those photos. I’m guessing you wouldn’t be offering though if they weren’t in good shape.

Fyi I’m brand new here so I can’t PM until I have 5 posts, it yelled at me when I tried

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kylebarb10

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#9 posted 08-23-2018 11:31 PM



Prices seem high to me. But that millers falls I have the same model and it s my go to little plane.

- diverlloyd

I thought so too, but it’s a thrift store and all the proceeds are donated. I’d feel bad asking for less, i think of the higher price as a donation. Thanks it’s the only block plane I’ve found in person with an adjustable throat

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