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06-02-2014 04:12 PM

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Hello, Lumberjocks. :) Hoping you can help me out with a quick valuation question. I just bought a house and the previous owners left a bunch of old iron woodworking tools in the basement. Planers, clamps, vises, chisels, and some stuff I don’t recognize. Now, I’m not a tool collector or a woodworker but I figured this stuff was too cool to just scrap so I decided I’m going to put it on craigslist and see if anyone wants it. It’s old and dusty, but I figure once I clean it up it might be worth a couple bucks. My problem is that I have no earthly idea what to ask for it. I’m hoping someone here can give me a ballpark, reasonably fair starting point that it would be worth. Something that would make a craftsman or a collector happy, you know? I was just going to say like $50 for the whole lot of it, but the woman insisted that I ask someone first so here I am.

I’ve uploaded pictures of it all at If y`all could take a look and give me an idea of what I’m dealing with it would be much appreciated. :)

Apologies all around if this is the wrong forum for this kind of question. If it is, a point in the right direction would also be appreciated.

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#1 posted 06-02-2014 04:26 PM

That’s mostly metalworking, not woodworking. The vises, pipe threader and cold chisels are all metalworking.

The planes honestly aren’t worth a lot, as is. The #6 at the back of the photo could maybe bring $20, but would take a lot of cleanup work, and the others $10 each at the most. The smaller planes just aren’t as good of quality or collectible.

The chisels depend on maker and condition. It looks like some could be pretty pitted and that reduces any value to basically nothing on those.

You may be able to split it up into two lots to make it easier to sell—the planes and chisels in one and rest of the stuff in another. If you could get $50 each lot, it would at least get them out of your basement.

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

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#2 posted 06-02-2014 04:41 PM

See, that shows you how much I know; I didn’t know any of that was metalworking. :P I didn’t even know what that Armstrong piece was!

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#3 posted 06-02-2014 04:53 PM

Take a few minutes to clean up those vises and they will sell a lot faster and for more money. Just wipe them down with a damp cloth then dry them well. Measure the jaw opening and look up the name on ebay, that will give you a ballpark on the value.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 06-02-2014 10:15 PM

Thanks for the tips. I think since it’s craigslist what I’ll do is just ask $140 for the lot and let them talk me down to $100. :)

Appreciate the advice!

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#5 posted 06-02-2014 10:38 PM

I believe that those vises can get $30 each in their present condition.
$50 for the planes.

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#6 posted 06-03-2014 12:06 PM

So a buyer asked if I could give him a list of the planes and vises. I cleaned them up; got all the dirt & dust off, and took what info I could off of them. Figured I’d post it here for you all since you helped me. Maybe this will help to let me know if I’m giving the guy a good deal or not! :D

Little Giant no.25
Red Arrow no.68
Amco no.88
A little black one that doesn’t have any branding at all
A red one with no branding, but that isn’t old or collectible or anything..looks pretty new.

6 3/4” unbranded
9 3/4” Trustworthy
13 1/2” unbranded
18” Bailey no.6
14” Stanley..this one is new though

Being a laymen and not a collector I still don’t have a real eye for the value of these, but I’m having fun researching it all! Reading the history of the “Bailey” plane was pretty interesting. :D

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