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controlfreak

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12-10-2019 03:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane

Just thought I would post here to see if I sound start down this rabbit hole of buying planes. These seem to be in good shape and the price doesn’t look too bad to me. Let me know your thoughts.

The one on the left is $39 and sharp.
The one in the middle is $59 adjustable and sharp
The one on the right is a coffin style and $25


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Eric

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#1 posted 12-10-2019 03:54 PM

I’m not a fan of woodies. My small collection is metal Stanleys. Are you collecting or looking for users?

-- Eric

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controlfreak

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#2 posted 12-10-2019 04:04 PM



I m not a fan of woodies. My small collection is metal Stanleys. Are you collecting or looking for users?

- Eric


For these they are for collecting or display. Any metal planes I get are users / display.

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Don W

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#3 posted 12-11-2019 12:53 AM

If you keep looking, you can find similar planes much cheaper. Keep in mind when you start buying hand planes to use, you need to sharpen them.

Unless you’re buying planes for $5-$10, make sure you know what it’s for, and what you’ll do with it.

Personally I would not buy any of those for using or collecting except maybe the coffin plane.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 12-11-2019 03:57 AM

It must be regional thing. Here in California i am lucky to find a plow plane for $75, usually they go for $100-150 if the threads are still usable.
The others thats about going rate for people that know what they have.

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#5 posted 12-11-2019 04:16 AM

I thought they were priced fairly too. They’re not in bad shape esp for display purposes and I’m sure there’s a little room on the price if you take all three. There’s always someone on the forums claiming they get better deals. Bully for them, I say….

-- Eric

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#6 posted 12-11-2019 10:02 AM

It is somewhat of a regional thing. The original post is from the East coast. It’s still about time. A lot of folks who collect enjoy the hunt. That can be about finding deals (which fair prices or not, these are not great deals) or it’s about finding rare or particular planes or makers. If you just buy every fair priced plane you find, no matter how much room you have, you’ll run out of space or money.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 12-11-2019 02:09 PM


If you just buy every fair priced plane you find, no matter how much room you have, you ll run out of space or money.

- Don W

Says the guy who displays planes in his house because his shop is full :-)

I’m with Don. Finding and collecting is fun, but it’s very easy to go overboard. If you have a 3000 sq ft shop and are independently wealthy, go for it. For those of us that work for a living, it’s a different story.

As far as the OP. Personally, I wouldn’t pay those prices for any of those. They aren’t really collectible in a sense of being rare and are too much for user woodies. If you want them for decor, then you are paying for the look, not the name or because they are collectible.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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controlfreak

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#8 posted 12-11-2019 02:42 PM

Thanks again guys. I did find them interesting and was surprised the blades were razor sharp. I think the comment “if you have a 3000 sq. ft. shop” has made me think that with a shop of 160 sq. ft. perhaps collecting anything I don’t actually use is not an efficient use of a severely limited space. I will save the money for rally nice new planes or some used that I can restore. This has been moved to the category of “what was I thinking”.

As soon as I complete making my little shop mine I will build a new one or expand the one I am in.

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#9 posted 12-21-2019 02:43 PM

If you’re looking for planes to use on even a fairly regular basis, it’s better to go with the metal bodied versions. (Even Roy Underhill doesn’t use wooden bodied planes very often anymore, preferring to preserve them as historical pieces) OK, yeah, I have some that I’ve had for years and will put them to work now and then, but not on a “workaday basis”.
That being said, space being limited and depending on how you work, the Stanley 45 or one of it’s clones is HIGHLY recommended, as cuts grooves, dadoes, rabbets, et cetera, and blades can be found (or made) which will allow you to bead and reed.

-- OleGrump

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