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Forum topic by Ajs73 posted 05-24-2015 11:09 AM 1543 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2015 11:09 AM

Hi all, neighbor passed away a couple
months ago and they auctioned off the
house and contents the other night so I
figured I’d stop in and take a look. Came
away with a whole corner in his basement
for $12. Got 3 1/2 hand planes and a clamp
along with a bunch of other cool stuff. These are my first planes I’ve owned
& would like to know if these are worth
cleaning up and putting to use. Top to bottom in pic with markings
they say on them & length
1) 110 ( only marking & missing parts) 6 1/4”
2) Craftsman Made in USA 9” front knob cracked
3) G4 US PAT 2/17/20 9”
4) Stanley NO 5 (broken, front half missing)10”
5) Stanley 203 ( clamp) Thanks for any help anyone can give me

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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#1 posted 05-24-2015 11:19 AM

Cool great price indeed

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#2 posted 05-24-2015 12:49 PM

All for $12? That’s worth a YOU SUCK!

110’s are pretty crappy block planes. I wouldn’t even try to track down parts to make it complete.

The Craftsman is definitely worth cleaning up and would be a very good user.

The G4 could be a user or you could easily flip it for a good profit or trade for some other planes, since it’s redundant with the Craftsman for use. If you decide to sell, probably best to let the buyer do any clean up. If they want it as a collectible, then they may not want anything done to it.

The broken #5 is just a parts plane at this point.

The #203 is a really good find. They can be kind of difficult to find in good condition. There are quite a few LJ’s who use them on their workbenches (mainly on the deadman) and report they like them. If you don’t want to keep that, I’m sure you could get a good offer from someone on the site who would like to buy it.

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

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#3 posted 05-24-2015 01:02 PM

Lol. My first you suck. Good to hear Jay T, thanks for the info. I’d for sure
like to help someone out with the broken #5 and would probably get rid of the G4 &
the 203
I just wouldn’t know a good trade or value
for any of them. thanks again Bones & JayT for
looking & good info.

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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#4 posted 05-24-2015 01:11 PM

You still might can use that half plane as sort of a chisel plane for the lack of a better word for it. You could grind the body down a little and it would maybe allow you to chisel/plane up close to something. Maybe not but maybe so. At any rate $12.00 for the whole kit and caboodle makes it a nice buy.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 05-24-2015 01:19 PM

Couple other things in the pile.
My wife already took a little gold chain
to the pawn shop and got $20 so I’m up
$8 already

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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#6 posted 05-24-2015 10:06 PM

The plane 3. (center) is a nice plane, and cleaned up could be sold on Ebay for enough $ to buy a Bailey #4 and a Bailey #5 which would be a great starter set.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 05-24-2015 10:56 PM

For all those who claim “you suck” I hate to rain on the parade, but you don’t have much here.

The only remotely “user” in the bunch is the Craftsman and that’s a stretch. Both it and the block plane are suited for the bottom of a carpenters bag for planing door edges and such. They are not really smoothing planes of any inherent quality.

I have no idea what the center plane is, but just based on the fact there is either no cap iron or a poor excuse for one says enough.

It looks like the Stanley has been cut in half to get a giant chisel plane.

Hate to sound snobby about it, but there’s not easy way to say it.

You don’t suck because you got a good deal, you don’t suck because you didn’t pay a dime more than 12 bucks!!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 05-24-2015 11:11 PM

Yep…pure snobbery, from someone who can’t even get a simple rebate plane to work.

G-4 is a Stanley GAGE style of auto set plane, and worth quite a bit, just ask out Don W about how much they run. The 110? Just needs a very common and cheap 1-5/8” wide iron to work, can be found NEW, or used. They had no holes in them, just a solid piece of very good steel. It was one of the planes I started out with 30+ years ago, making chest-of-drawers for a living.

The Craftsman #4 would be more like an early Handyman/Victor brand. Not great, but decent USERS. You can even take the iron,chip breaker, AND lever cap from the broken #5 and use them on the Craftsman, they are the same sizes. Heck, you MIGHt even switch frog and all.. depends on the frog.

Shine a few shoes, and have plenty of light to work in the shop with. Might even get some heat in the shop as a bonus.

The Stanley clamp can be used in a series of holes in the side of a workbench. Then you can clamp a board on edge, and plane it straight and smooth. The clamp is worth at least the $12 alone.

Yep you did very good. keep at it.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#9 posted 05-25-2015 12:50 AM

Andy, please ignore Robert Engel’s post. He doesn’t recognize the most valuable piece in your haul, so calls it worthless. Gage G4’s sell on ebay for $75-100. With the slight damage to the tote, you might not get quite that much, but should get close.

Have to see more detail on the Craftsman to know completely, but I’ve restored a couple similar and they make good users. So figure that plane is worth $20-25 minimum.

Add in the #5 parts and the 203 clamp and you have tools worth at least 8-10x your original investment. That’s a you suck in my book any day.

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

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#10 posted 05-25-2015 12:56 AM

Andy, could sell those #5 parts on Ebay and clear an easy $75. Well, except for maybe the sole!

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#11 posted 05-25-2015 01:12 AM

Saw a g-4 yesterday on ebay for upwards of 100$

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#12 posted 05-25-2015 02:45 AM

I’d be happy to give a good home to the #203. If you’re interested in selling, PM me please.

+1 to Bandit and JayT’s assessment.

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

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#13 posted 05-27-2015 10:03 AM

Been off the grid camping for a couple days.
Thank you all for your comments and useful
information. I took a few close up pics, not
sure how good they are off my phone. Smitty, We could problably work out
something on the clamp, I’ll message
you tonight after work. Anybody else
interested in something let me know.
I’m thinking off trading or selling
Don’t think I have the patience or
experience to refurbish & don’t want
to screw anything up. Thanks again

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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