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Hi guys, I have been looking at picking up an older plane off of craigslist. I found an ad for two older ones but the seller doesn’t know much about them. I need your help to tell to identify the wooden one and how much should i offer? This is what the ad says

“Two antique wood planes. Metal one a Bailey No. 5. The other a wooden one 16” l x 2 1/2 h x 2 3/4 w. Had them for display. Selling both together for $40.”


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Hi guys, I have been looking at picking up an older plane off of craigslist. I found an ad for two older ones but the seller doesn’t know much about them. I need your help to tell to identify the wooden one and how much should i offer? This is what the ad says

“Two antique wood planes. Metal one a Bailey No. 5. The other a wooden one 16” l x 2 1/2 h x 2 3/4 w. Had them for display. Selling both together for $40.”


Thanks in advance!
The Bailey No 5 jack plane will get a lot of work in any shop. There are a number of them on ebay, going for $20-50 depending on condition. Shipping usually doubles the price. The one in your photo looks to be in decent condition.

I don't know much about wooden planes so can't comment on the other.
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I paid $15.00 US in the late 80s for a wood plane that looks just like that. Same condition.
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Eddie, I have a small collection of very old hand tools, most are for woodworking and I also buy some old hand tools for my little "museum". These have been offered by numerous outlets such as antique stores, thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales. I find them so often that they are usually available for anywhere from $4 to $15. It kinda depends on what you're going to choose to do with it/them. I NEVER buy this kinda stuff unless I can personally examine it in my own hands. Often, you can buy several cheap ones and use the parts to make a really nice one - if you're going to put it in service.
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I have no idea about the wood plane. The #5 is an early one likely before 1940. It is a Stanley but not a bailey. Looks like from the handyman series. I bought one about like a few days ago for $3.00. Hope this is of some help.
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I don't believe the #5 is part of the Handyman Series. Those are much newer and the japanning is usually blue. From the description, it sounds like it is an older Bailey. I don't know too much on wood planes myself, but that one does look in good condition, and with its length could be used in the same space as a jack plane or a fore plane. The Bailey #5 looks worse then it really is. I would clean-up the body, drop the chip breaker and cap iron in evaporust, and put a Hock blade on it. Both for $40 sounds like a really good deal.
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You can find a great deal of information on hand planes in Patrick Leach's Blood and Gore. Google it and down load it. It's free and gives a great history of Stanley plane types etc. I've also bought some tools from the guy. Be careful buying old hand planes, it can be addictive.
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This will tell you exacly what the type and date of your stanley, its an exlent ref with PICs to easily date and ID the Plane.

RexMill.com Hand Planes 101 The Resource
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Another good site for getting some rough ideas of what planes are going for...

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I'd love to come across an early s2 Stanley #1 Bench Plane that somebody had no idea what it was worth in a garage sale...holy moly...
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