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former173rd

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03-27-2021 05:32 PM

Hello to all,
Can someone help me with any information on a Stanley Bailey No. 5 ¼ C ? Seems there is almost nothing on the net that I can find. In great shape except the handle is cracked. Has SW iron.
Any idea of scarcity and or value?

Thanks, and stay safe!
John


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#1 posted 03-27-2021 05:48 PM

Stanley No. 5 is probably the most common plane made. Not sure if the 5 1/4 is a rarer breed. I would go on ebay and do a search on what they have been selling for. If you can find one that is not rust pitted you can usually rehab one on the cheap. Good luck and post a picture if you can and check out the Hand Plane of your dreams thread too, lots of knowledge there.

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#2 posted 03-27-2021 05:52 PM

I’ve done that….5’s are all over the place, but 5 ¼ C is a little weird to find. I’ll post a photo later today. ..and check out that thread..thanks!

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#3 posted 03-27-2021 06:22 PM

The 5 1/4” is not rare, more like scarce? It was the first bench plane I ever purchased, thought it would be the next step up from a block plane! Handles are an easy fix/replace for a user plane, mine has a PMV-11 iron which I highly recommend!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 03-27-2021 07:27 PM

The 5 1/4s (junior jack)were popular in schools. High school shop classes etc for smaller hands. Usually not worth much as they more of a novelty size. I bought one for parts to put a #3 back in working order. If you have one already, it will do, but IMO its better to have a 5 and a 3 instead of that wonky in between size.

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#5 posted 03-27-2021 07:40 PM

You mean like this Type 20?

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#6 posted 03-27-2021 07:55 PM

former173rd, are you selling or buying? If selling, send me a PM, I would be interested, depending on price of course.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#7 posted 03-27-2021 09:54 PM

Here is this little guy…

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#8 posted 03-27-2021 10:02 PM

John, are you wanting to sell it?

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#9 posted 03-27-2021 10:06 PM

The Stanley Bailey #5 1/4C is the scarcest Stanley Bailey Bench plane of that series, so it is typically valued much higher than the #5 1/4 non-C

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

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#10 posted 03-27-2021 10:12 PM

Don…..
Thanks!.....now the hard part. How can I equate “scarcest” to a value? I am a user, not a collector, so this would be a lot better off with someone else.

again, thanks.
John

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#11 posted 03-27-2021 10:23 PM

It’s not the scarcest corrugated bench plane Stanley made—there was one more scarce.

I believe that only one Number 2C was ever made. While we’re on the topic of corrugated soles, check out this 1878 plane sole

Source: https://www.timetestedtools.net/2016/11/25/why-were-hand-planes-corrugated/

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#12 posted 03-27-2021 10:26 PM

That sir, is just unreal!
Ya think they took some pride in their tools?

thanks for shareing…...
Wonder what that says about the value of mine??

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#13 posted 03-27-2021 10:28 PM

/me Changes avatar

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#14 posted 03-28-2021 12:22 AM

The Stanley Bailey 5 1/4 C was made from 1921 to 1942. It is the rarest of all Bailey pattern bench planes. Rarer by number produced than the highly sought after Bailey No. 1. A 5 1/4C usually commands at least twice the going price of an equivalent condition 5 1/4 non corrugated plane. The corrugated 5 1/4 planes are so scarce that there have been fakes made by machining corrugations in a common non corrugated 5 1/4…. It took me a long long time to acquire one for my collection. Even with the damaged tote, I’d estimate $150.00 to a collector, particularly due to being a Type 14 in the desirable Sweetheart era. This is definitely not a “user”. It belongs in a collection.
Regards, The Kentucky Toolsmith!

-- "Good enough" is just another way of saying "it could be better"...

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#15 posted 03-28-2021 01:20 AM

Thanks KY! That gives me a little to go on. I think for now I’ll just wipe it down and a coat of Renaissance. Again, I’m a use, not a collector, so I’ll leave the tote repair for someone else.
Thanks again,
John

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