Where To Find Vintage Hand Tools

At that moment I knew this was going to have a storyline that ended me with telling him that the tooth fairy didn’t exist. Many will be in fine condition and acceptable for inclusion in collections of antique tools and planes. This section is divided into STANLEY PLANES, OTHER BRANDS, BLOCK PLANES, SCRAPER PLANES, and COMBINATION PLANES. Stanley No. 1 Smoothing Plane : This tiny smoothing plane is fairly useless, but highly sought after by collectors who want to complete their entire collection”. And finally, just above is what is considered a very rare Stanley rabbet plane.

On first inspection the planes looked nice enough for a carefull preservation instead of a restoration. The above planes and tools are an example of the caliber, condition and quality of antique tools that I am primarily interested in helping you sell. Some prefer bevel up or bevel down but everyone finds the new planes a joy to use. At times these details can seem tedious and unimportant, but a planes value can be greatly affected by these details.

I myself started into the craft with vintage planes and balked at the price of Lie-Nielsen (and later Clifton and Veritas) planes when I first encountered them about 12 years ago. You can read Chris Schwarz’s review of this new plane here and buy it here I have not yet tested out either of these metal moving fillister planes, so search around to see what other people say.


And there is the mythical thing ( like Krenov said ) that for any reason one plane will never work…I have 2 4 1\2 LN. One is always perfect, the other, well, it gather dust. If it is possible to classify Stanley planes into two groups (hey, the legacy of being a former computer dork still makes me see the world with a binary modus operandi), where one group may be considered as common, and the other not so common, then the booklet can serve a useful purpose given the aforementioned distinction. There is a lovingly restored #4 on Ebay right now that will likely sell for less than $50.

I love my Stanley No. 48, especially because the fence flips when you’re finished with cutting the groove and allows you to seamlessly cut the tongues! I can’t, in good conscience, recommend that someone use a Four Square or Handyman plane over a Bailey or a Bed Rock. I have several old planes that I tuned and I use, as well as a few LN’s and LV’s that I have. The quintessential combination planes are the Stanley 45 and the Stanley 55 (can do 10 more things, I think). The Stanley Rule & Level Company’s combination planes featuring the development and use of the Miller, Traut, and Stanley 45 and 55 planes.

This enables fine forward/backward adjustments to the frog, which has an effect similar to closing the throat of the plane for fine cuts. I paid a little more than was necessary because I bought planes that had intact handles and were well presented (with several clear photographs). That association had a rocky history and that story is detailed in Roger Smiths books on the history and development of Patented Transitional and Metallic Planes in America Vol. And I will have to get used to a depth adjuster on this plane which works the other way round.

If I find a plane with good wood or even sometimes cracked wood, I will buy it if the price is low even if it looks like everything else on the plane is headed for land fill. Since Stanley and others used a very unusual threading on their hardware, you won’t find replacements in your hardware store. The Stanley Rule and Level Company spent a lot of time and effort developing a market and filling the need or demand of early craftspeople wanting top quality tools. I do not have a lot of experience with the low angle planes other than block planes.

An excellent website on Stanley Rule & Level Co.’s Miller’s Patent Plow Planes , full of information and photographs has been created by Don Bosse. There are a vast amount of other special-purpose hand planes that I don’t have the time to mention in detail here. A very detailed review of the major categories of planes and patents is presented in the back of the book along with a complete index by tool model you collect Stanley tools, this book HAS to be in your workshop. Here are some very simple rules to follow when looking to purchase an old Stanley hand plane. They are the size of a standard #4 plane, but have the cut out sides to make them rabbit planes.