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Forum topic by markf31 posted 04-08-2014 08:39 PM 1424 views 2 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2014 08:39 PM

I’m looking for recommendations for reputable sellers of vintage planes and tools in general with an emphasis on Stanley planes. I am New user here, in fact I just registered mere moments ago. I’ve been a predominantly power tool user up until now but I’ve spent the past couple months lurking on here and researching/learning all I can about hand tools, and planes in particular, to expand my skill set.

I’m not looking to get into collecting vintage tools here, I’m looking to buy users. So any recommendations of sellers who do great work in preparing these awesome vintage tools for use would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 04-08-2014 08:53 PM

Check out our very own DonW

Patrick Leach supertool Patrick’s Blood an gore

Brass City Records and Tools

and of course you can always take your chances on eBay

-- - Terry

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 08:57 PM

Mark, Your gonna find out they are just like potato chips, ya can’t stop at just one!!! I’ve found them positively addicting and I only have 4, but looking to build the herd. Cleaning and restoring them really isn’t that hard, just time consuming. Give it a try. You might just get hooked like I did.

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 09:02 PM

Another couple of LJ members that sell frequently


Mark E.

And there are several others of us that buy, restore and sell more infrequently. If you have some specific needs, you might want to post what those are and see what people have available.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 09:13 PM

I bought from Don W. It’s still my favourite plane.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 09:37 PM

Just a note on Brass City, Walt is fighting cancer right now and I don’t think he’s actively selling at the moment. I have bought from fellow LJ’s as we’ll as Patrick Leach and all of my dealings have been successful. Good values and fair prices.

Edit, just checked Brass City and Walt is back, yea!!!!!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 09:46 PM

Thanks Kevin, I was wondering about that after I posted.

Glad to hear that Walt is back.

-- - Terry

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#7 posted 04-09-2014 12:19 AM

I’ll “second” Patrick Leach. Some of his stuff is pricey, but it is in excellent condition.


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#8 posted 04-09-2014 01:50 AM

It would help immensely if we knew what you’re looking for and/or what type of work you want it to do. What sizes are you looking for? Bench or block or both? Is there a particular reason you’re limiting yourself to Stanleys? Nothing wrong with that, but (IMHO) the older Millers Falls, Sargents and Unions were all as good as the Stanleys, especially the later Stanleys. I have a MF jack plane that is one of my favorites. If Don W. or Mark E. can’t help you, let me know. I have pretty much everything but 2’s and 8’s available.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#9 posted 04-09-2014 03:08 AM

Not to disparage any of the sellers mentioned, plus you many not be into it, but bringing a rusty junker back to life on your own is a great feeling.

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#10 posted 04-09-2014 12:05 PM

I appreciate all the help, suggestions and references so far. If I had a little more time to devote to the tools I would entertain the idea of cleaning and restoring planes myself, but I’d rather devote the limited time I do have to building projects.

I’ve only been reading and researching Stanleys, so while I’m sure there is a lot of good information out there about older Millers Falls, Sargents and Unions and they’re all similar in a practical working way, I just know a little more about Stanleys and decided to head in that direction.

For reference I think I’ve narrowed my initial list down to:
No. 5 Jack
No. 7 Jointer
No. 18 Standard Angle and/or No. 60 Low Angle

Of course that is just for starters!

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#11 posted 04-09-2014 12:08 PM

I will also vouch for Don. He seems pretty overwhelmed with his job so who knows. He does offer some great deals though. And i agree with Travis. Bring old tools back is a good feeling, at first it seems daunting but it’s quite easy.

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