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    Plane information

    This is something that I PM to people who ask about a plane they just bought or information about planes. It is mostly Stanley oriented.

    If others have sites that they like, please follow on with a link and a little bit about the site.

    I sent a note to Zahid and he will link to the thread in the Sticky FAQ thread.

    Thanks for anything you can add,

    jim

    Patrick Leach has a great site with information and a touch of humor on Stanley planes.
    This link is to the entrance page of his site. Once you get inside, bookmark what ever page you want to start with. There are also a few pages of non-Stanley planes that are interesting.
    http://www.supertool.com/

    One of the members here has a very good site full of plane information. Johnny Kleso deserves the thanks of all of us for the time he has taken to build this wealth of information.
    http://www.rexmill.com/

    This is a great page for Stanley Trade Marks used on the plane irons (blades).
    http://www.antique-used-tools.com/stantms.htm

    There is also a Stanley Bedrock type study page.
    http://www.antique-used-tools.com/brtypes.htm

    This link is to the different lateral adjustment lever styles from various makers.
    http://www.brasscityrecords.com/tool...lane%20id.html

    This page is a type study of Millers Falls planes.
    http://homepage.mac.com/galoot_9/MF_type1.html

    Found a .pdf for an instruction manual for the Stanley 45. There are other manuals on this site, drop back to tooltrip.com to get there.
    http://www.tooltrip.com/tooltrip9/st...anes/45man.pdf

    Another page for type studies of Stanley bench planes
    http://primeshop.com/access/woodwork...e/pftsynch.htm
    Last edited by Zahid Naqvi; 03-02-2009 at 11:43 PM. Reason: added type study link

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    Jim, the brasscityrecords link is broken. I've added this thread to the FAQs sticky as well.
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    Try this link for Walt Q's quick plane maker id:

    http://www.brasscityrecords.com/tool...lane%20id.html

    Richard

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    Is there anyone on the Creek who resells old planes?

    I don't know if someone buys and sells, rehabs to user condition, or restores.

    I would love to be able to offer some advice in between e-bay risk and the sites that sell totally restored collectibles.

    Second to that, is there another site that sells fairly cheap users that we can guide new plane users to?
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    I pasted in the link for Brass city records. The url gets compressed, but it seems to work for me.

    jim

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    Walt at Brass City Records sells good useres as well as collectible planes,saws etc.
    I bought a Stanley #5 (1920s-1930) for 40.00 plus shipping.
    Nice and sharp and a good user.
    Check there every Monday for new listings from him.
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    WaltQ is a great guy at Brass City, no question. A very honest and fair guy, you won't get the killer deal but you will get a great price on most stuff, for the market value.

    Common bench planes, saws, and even chisels, he finds good quality used tools. Mostly all woodworking tools, but I've bought some machinist tools from him in the past which he gets occasionally. He will typically only have the types of machinist tools that woodworkers use, like dividers, squares, double squares, calipers, etc...but he does get other machinist tools from time to time, like mics, test gages, machinist clamps, etc...

    There could not be a nicer guy, and he schleps out to fleas and garage sales every weekend...

    As Craig says, check on Monday morning, best to call him, IMO...he will often have stuff he doesn't have time to put on his web page. He's slightly computer challenged, which some can probably relate to, but he does a pretty good job at getting the stuff up, it's just a crude way in which he does it...
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    I've had good luck so far with Sandy Moss, Walt, FTJ and I just ordered something from Patrick Leach. They are all gentlemen.

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    Looking at the prices at Brass City, they do seem like fair value.
    If I wasn't a so frugal and patient, I would probably be buying from him.

    jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    Looking at the prices at Brass City, they do seem like fair value.
    If I wasn't a so frugal and patient, I would probably be buying from him.
    Don't count him out, you might be in need of a certain tool one day and know that the chances of finding it are very rare, so Walt come to the rescue. I have an old 4C Type 11 I got from him, he charged me only $30 for it, it was ready to go...he might get more now, but probably not much more.

    Yes, you can find them at fleas and garage sales, I do that also, but often you get a pile of rusted parts and need to spend a couple hours cleaning and tuning it up. Walt doesn't buy/sell any old rusted stuff like that, he'll clean it up first if he does. But more than not he gets stuff in better shape that he charges somewhere between flea/garage-sale prices and retail on ebay/similar.

    Another example is chisels, some folks like to have a semi-matched set, and you can find sizes with Walt where you might not find them local...I have several Stanley 750s I've got from him, $10-$20, but clean and usable. Others I have found local, but even so...most folks at the fleas even know that a Stanley 750 is worth $10 in many cases. I'm just saying, Walt's prices are close in some cases like that.
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    I could not edit this into my original message, but it is an valuable sight for type studies of Stanley bench planes.

    http://primeshop.com/access/woodwork...e/pftsynch.htm

    jim

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    Does it have to be Stanley planes? Two plane-related sites I can think of (cause they're mine) are:

    Handplane Central -- Information on Stanley, wooden and infill planes. Includes tutorials, tips, interviews and price guides.

    Record Planes -- History, types, price guides and information on all Record planes and spokeshaves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.R. Miller View Post
    Does it have to be Stanley planes?
    No, I am hoping if people have information about other sites they will add to the list.

    Zahid can paste them into the original or a note can be added to scroll down through the thread to find other links.

    I am glad to see your post for Record planes. Someone asked about them just the other day. I have not looked at the link yet, but will.

    Hopefully someone knows a site for Sargent planes. I know a little about Union planes, very little.

    jim

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    Those are all good sites. I might add one that I didn't see listed.

    It's called Stanley by Brunner and has a lot of info on the planes. It's missing quite a few planes, but another good source.

    http://www.hansbrunnertools.gil.com....rs/Stanley.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    Hopefully someone knows a site for Sargent planes.

    jim
    Actually I've been working on one for a little while. Not quite ready to launch just yet but I'll let you know when it's more "presentable".

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