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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Orange County, CA
Vintage Stanley planes - better "as is," or restored?
So I bought two Stanley #5s, mostly to learn something about dating them and looking for various features. I definitely plan to restore the one I'm keeping (type 13), but about the one I'm going to sell (type 16)... Will it be worth more if I restore it and sell it or will people want a tool with all the age on it?
I plan to lightly sand and refinish the tote and knob, polish the brass, do what little flattening the sole needs, and sharpen the blade. The chip breaker is in great shape. Not sure if I should mess with the decaying japanning at all... So what do you think?
On the other hand, is there any reason I should just keep the second one?
Thanks for your thoughts!
Making it all up as I go...