Where to buy used Stanley Bailey handplanes (besides eBay, please).

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Forum topic by Bart Steed posted 01-21-2014 09:47 PM 3820 views 1 time favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2014 09:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand planes handplanes stanley bailey used tools pre-wwii

I’ve checked my local flea markets and done seemingly countless online searches, to no avail. I’m looking for two planes specifically but I would love to find a resource for future needs, as well.

Looking for a No.5 Jack and a No.7 Jointer. Pre-WWII without the dentes in the frog face if possible. The bedrocks seem like they’re the best but they’re a little out of my budget. I’m just getting started and looking to find quality, affordable planes at this point.

With the exception of eBay (where the costs seem more appropriate for collectors), can anyone share a resource that they’ve used in the past to find great deals on great used tools? PM’s are fine.

Also, am I being reasonable in thinking that I can get these planes for $50-75 each? Again, working condition but they don’t need to be perfect – just flat and operational. I’ll put new irons in them.

Thanks in advance!

-- Bart Steed, Apprentice, Ohio USA

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#1 posted 01-21-2014 09:54 PM

Check with Don W.

Also, I would ask this question in the Handplanes of Dreams thread.

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#2 posted 01-21-2014 09:54 PM

Anna , Oh has a place

Rushylvania has a place

Wait about three months, and then hit some Yard Sales.

Couple of thrift stores in Sidney, Oh.

There was a dealer that set up a HUGE display last Labour Day at West Liberty, Oh. Even had a newer (blue) #7 $45. Saw a few other dealers with planes as well. Mark your calender for this year, it is called a Tractor Fest Lions Park.

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#3 posted 01-21-2014 09:56 PM

Just saw one in an auction listing near me:

It could go for $5 or $50 – no way to tell. Auctions, yard sales, flea markets, estate sales. That’s where I get what ever I have. Best is old farm equipment auctions when you see a plane in a box lot full of other junk. Most people just see the other junk.

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#4 posted 01-21-2014 10:02 PM

Price wise. Flea Markets or yard sales are best bets. If you are patient you can get them for a lot less than the prices you listed above. Wrong time of the year for Ohio. :(

I’ve probably got a #5 in the restoration stack if you are looking to restore one. Any reason you are looking for a #5 over a #4?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 01-21-2014 10:04 PM

I have been on an antique store obsession lately. The ones around me in Kansas usually have a decent amount of hand planes. Some stores are just as pricey as ebay but other stores they can be had decently. Most of them just need some TLC to get them back into being a user.

I don’t know if flea markets means the same thing as antique stores to you. I always thought of antique stores as those places that my wife, mom, and sisters used to go to look at old furniture but now understand them as places to get some great quality tools for good prices.

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#6 posted 01-21-2014 10:07 PM

I just picked up a #7. I haven’t listed it yet. PM me if your interested. Also look here.

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

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#7 posted 01-21-2014 10:16 PM

My #5 just arrived today from Mark E. It’s a type 6 or 7 so it’s an oldie but a goodie for sure. I’m already hooked. You might also check with him.

Don, if the OP isn’t, I might be interested in that #7.

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#8 posted 01-21-2014 11:47 PM

I’ve bought from Don before…easy to work with, ships fast, and high quality :)

-- Steve

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#9 posted 01-22-2014 02:10 AM

Rose antiques seems to have some good buys

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#10 posted 01-22-2014 02:58 AM

Wait on ebay, i too thought u couldn’t get a good deal, until i waited. Scored a decent #4 1/2 for $60 shipped. Considering i just paid $90 for one a week prior, it was a good deal.

Also, i will suggest DonW, as well. I know him personally, and he’s a GREAT guy with good tools, for very reasonable prices. Very helpful with anything pertaining to hand tools.

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#11 posted 01-22-2014 04:21 AM

Another recommendation for Mark E.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#12 posted 01-22-2014 03:28 PM

Thanks for the recommendations.

If you have the time and patience you can find good deals on eBay.

Another source for planes is Patrick Leach. Here is a link to his latest:

-- Mark

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#13 posted 01-22-2014 03:38 PM

I have doubts as to whether fixating on pre-war Baileys is worthwhile if all you
want is good working planes. There are other makers that made the same
thing, basically… and Stanley made planes for badging by hardware stores.

If you want an old plane with an intact rear tote and excellent appearance
you’re going to pay more for it. I’ve never been bothered by broken tote
horns myself… I just carve them a little to make them comfortable to use.
Actually an intact tote horn something makes the lateral adjust lever harder
to adjust on the fly. is a place to get collectibles, and planes show up.

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#15 posted 01-22-2014 05:02 PM

Sargent VBM and Union’s are also great planes, and if you’re just looking for a user, should suffice.
If that is your budget, alternately you could bid on a dirt cheap plane with no cutter, then get a aftermarket one from hock or similar.

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