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02-11-2013 02:17 AM

A seller near me is cleaning shop of his antique tool collection.

I am a newbie and do not have the knowledge to know if these are rare or good deals.

Only info I have is that he would be willing to sell a few of the hand planes and he said he would ask $25 a piece.
There seem to be some unique ones in the top right of one of the pics and a few long jointers thatcher be a good deal. What do you all think?

Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 02:39 AM

Well the pictures are a little far out to see much detail, but on the top table I would look at the spoke shaves, the combination planes, and the rules.

The second table I would look at the planes for any Stanley or other major makers, of those the large ones look promising, looks like a scrub plane to the far right. In the back it looks like a 193 fiber board plane. The draw knives and the last two molding planes look interesting.

The last table I would take a look at the breast drill and the saw vises. Some of the bits look worth too.

I would probably buy all the combination planes and at least the larger planes, the 193, and the breast drill for 25 a pop.

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#2 posted 02-11-2013 02:56 AM

The largest bench plane on the left would be a good
deal at $25. The other bench planes would be a pass,
based on what I can see here. The 2 next to it look
like fore planes. Even fixed up with new knobs
I doubt those two would sell for much more than $25
each on ebay.

He probably wants more than $25 each for the
combo planes but some of those would be real
good buys for that.

That big shave/scraper with the wood handles might
be a good piece. Not too collectible maybe but
it might be a useful tool to have and that sort
of tool is not very common. Spokeshaves,
drawknives and bench planes are common old
tools so the values are not real high generally.
That doesn’t mean they aren’t worth having
because they are very useful, but don’t buy
tools in poor condition unless it’s like for a buck
a piece and you have the inclination to track
down parts and spend time cleaning them up.

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#3 posted 02-11-2013 03:18 AM

The big jointer and the knuckleback block plane are the only things that I would even consider paying $25 for, and the block plane would have to have an adjustable mouth and be in good shape. The other planes don’t appear to be worth much at all.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 03:28 AM

I agree with the largest bench plane on left of second picture, and the knuckle cap block plane. The calipers and dividers, if high quality would be nice scores in the $5 to $10 range each.

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#5 posted 02-11-2013 03:54 AM

The knuckle cap is not a Stanley I think. It looks to
be the inferior (imo) knuckle cap used by Millers
Falls and featured on Craftsman knuckle cap planes.

My Craftsman adjustable mouth knuckle cap cost
me about $10 shipped on ebay. It was probably made
by Millers Falls. The Stanleys are nicer in the hand
and worth more. They are pretty sweet.

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 03:56 AM

Knuckle is not a Stanley, but still looks good…from far, far away. Lol

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#7 posted 02-11-2013 04:06 PM

Thanks, I will ask about the combination planes. I have never seen those before. Are they more of a collectors item or a handy user plane?

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Don W

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#8 posted 02-11-2013 10:23 PM

Also looks like a possible #40. It would be worth $25 if its in good shape.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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Francisco Luna

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#9 posted 02-12-2013 09:48 AM

perhaps you can offer $40 for this two, #60 1/2 adjustable Mouth, Low Angle Block Plane AND #40 Scrub Plane….that would be a great deal…..make sure the planes do not have chips or cracks.

Plough, Combination planes are great as well, to make dadoes and Joinery…....for sure he is asking more money for them.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#10 posted 02-12-2013 10:18 AM

If the plough and combination planes in the first pic are included in that $25/plane deal snatch them up quick. I would think they would be very useful things, but I can’t afford one so I can’t speak with much authority.

If the draw knives and spokeshaves are in good shape I’d see how much much he wants for those. $10-$15 for a draw knife is a pretty good deal. I don’t know what spokeshaves go for.

As others have said most of those metal bodied planes in the second pic look like $5 planes to me. There might be an exception or two.

Not a woodworking tool, and not an antique but if you ever strip electrical wire that plier looking thing in the bottom left hand corner of the first pic below the fencing pliers is very nice tool.

-- Ted

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#11 posted 02-12-2013 09:50 PM

looks to be a low know older stanley beside the scrub plane I would really check that plane out could be a no9 or 10 the best of the stanley planes

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#12 posted 02-13-2013 01:16 AM

first table: offer him $75 for all the #45 combo planes and the cutters. It looks like you can get at least one whole set from what’s there. Sell the rest of those parts here or on eBay and recover some of your investment.

I also like that big scraper next to the spoke shaves.
If that drill to the right is a Yankee 31A it is somewhat sought after, but worth about $25 retail unless it has all it’s bits.

Second table…. a repeat of what the others have said.

Third table: Buy that cool hard hat, LOL! You’ll need it when you bring all that junk home and load it on the dining room table.
The breast drill, the two large augers.
The two skillets…. look at the back side and see if they have a name on them like Griswold, Wagner or Martin.

Ah, heck, offer him $200 for everything by putting 8- $20 bills on the table… go up another $20 after haggling, then another $20. Haggle some more, pick up the money and start to walk off.

If you can get all of that for the price you’ll have some keepers and can sell the rest at a profit.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#13 posted 02-13-2013 01:21 AM

Ditto on taking every combination plane on the table at $25, with all the parts that even look close to belonging…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#14 posted 02-13-2013 01:25 AM

Go $100 a table!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#15 posted 02-13-2013 01:44 AM

Hoarding enablers….just what everyone needs, 3 tables full of stuff! : )

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