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I currently have a #5 bench plane, low angle block plane, and a scraper plane and I'm looking to get a few more. I would like a #3 and maybe a #6 or 7 (i do a lot of jointing). I have started checking craigslist and ebay but I'm not sure what to look for. I am looking for planes i can use, not hang on the wall and look at. Ive always heard great things about 1950's stanleys but am open to suggestions for good quality planes. Ive done some reading about stanley bedrock and Baileys but dont know if thats what I should be looking for. So any good brands or stanley models i should look out for/avoid?
 

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I currently have a #5 bench plane, low angle block plane, and a scraper plane and I'm looking to get a few more. I would like a #3 and maybe a #6 or 7 (i do a lot of jointing). I have started checking craigslist and ebay but I'm not sure what to look for. I am looking for planes i can use, not hang on the wall and look at. Ive always heard great things about 1950's stanleys but am open to suggestions for good quality planes. Ive done some reading about stanley bedrock and Baileys but dont know if thats what I should be looking for. So any good brands or stanley models i should look out for/avoid?

I don't know if you want to stick with stanleys, but I have a Sargent 415 (Stanley 6 size) in very good condition. if you're interested in it, shoot me a pm. I'm not going to use it - I have a stanley 7 and a fleet of 5's with different settings.

I'd like to get $30 for it. if you want it, I'll do a basic cleaning - sharpening would be yours to do.

Here are some photos:
 

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So far my vintage planes have been pre-1950's. Mostly Stanley. One Sargent.

This site has a lot of good history on the Stanley-Bailey planes, including the Bedrock.

http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan1.htm

The Stanley Bedrock line of planes were the first to introduce an adjustable frog. The frog design and adjustment are a main difference from the standard Stanley-Bailey.

I do not have any Bedrock planes. Some folks feel they are better, some folks feel not really better than the Stanley-Bailey.

Sargent and Millers Falls made some good planes. Not as common, and may be less expensive. Many people want only Stanley.

"Craftsman" were typically a lower price and therefore lower quality line. A "no name" badge for other manufacturers like Sargent or Millers Fall.

A challenge with Craig's List of EBay is whether the seller has provided enough pictures to determine the shape.

A thread some months ago was an EBay seller claiming an estate sale find was "Farm Fresh". In this case it looked like it had been in a pile of "stuff" from many decades.

Craig's List prices are not as bad as EBay. With EBay being an auction, some planes go for crazy prices, much more than they should be worth. Just takes one buyer....

Many CL and EBay sellers have no knowledge of hand planes. Some do. If they provide the "Type" they likely have some knowledge.

Many sites have dating information to determine the "Type" for Stanley planes.
This is one I use often.
http://www.hyperkitten.com/tools/stanley_bench_plane/start_flowchart.php

This is also a good site. Click on the upper right menu "Type Study". Lots of pictures for reference.
http://www.rexmill.com/

Most CL and EBay sellers are just selling whatever they can lay their hands on.

Many will have descriptions about "needing minor cleanup" when it is a real rust bucket.

Garage sales can be the best deal - if you are lucky to see a plane in a garage sale. Also check out local flea markeys, Goodwill, etc.

I just received a Stanley No. 3 this weekend. Looks in decent shape. I have not started to restore yet. See post #12 in this thread if you are interested.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f11/latest-planes-restoration-51664/

What I look for is a plane which can be restored with no missing parts and ideally a blade which has not been sharpened too much.

So far all my restorations have had blades which need sharpening. A spectrum from dull but last sharpening was decent, all the way to butcher jobs.

It can be difficult to determine if any of the parts are missing or wrong.

Ryan50hrl had some bad luck with this plane.
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f11/plane-help-52258/

Do not be afraid if the only issue appear to be rust. Some rust buckets can clean up and be very nice users. Like the two planes in this thread.
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f11/latest-rust-bucket-planes-46494/

"Rust buckets" will go for less money, but you will have to invest more time.

Be prepared to make your own knobs and / or totes.

The majority of my restorations have had broken totes. A few broken knobs.

I have details on making a tote starting with post #48 in this thread.
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f11/plane-restore-round-4-a-48338/index3/
 

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I don't know if you want to stick with stanleys, but I have a Sargent 415 (Stanley 6 size) in very good condition. if you're interested in it, shoot me a pm. I'm not going to use it - I have a stanley 7 and a fleet of 5's with different settings.

I'd like to get $30 for it. if you want it, I'll do a basic cleaning - sharpening would be yours to do.
A nice clean looking plane and Gideon is not asking much. This would be a good user. :thumbsup:
 

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A nice clean looking plane and Gideon is not asking much. This would be a good user. :thumbsup:
thanks for the plug! i'll sell it here or on ebay, it'll make a very good user.

I already have a 6 which I never use. I use that late 1890's 7 I got 6-7 weeks back (probably getting more use now than it did when it was new in the 1890's) and I use those 5's I restored constantly.

Too funny, my wife has been giving me the evil eye when I think about selling extras. "Are you suuuuuuuuuuuure you're not going to use them?" I think she wants her own collection. She tells me she likes the rosewood front knobs,. :laughing:
 
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