Sandy (the proprietor) is a good guy to deal with and really knows old
tools (check out his bit brace collection/page). IMO, his prices are
the best of all of the internet dealers; not as good as finding
25-cent planes in the wild but still pretty reasonable. No
affiliation, yadda, yadda; just a satisfied customer.
I agree with O'Deen. A couple of moths ago I came across an 80% off bin at
Woodcraft. There in the bin was a Hock blade that looked to my untrained eye to
be the right size for my Miller Falls #18 (a Stanley #6 clone). So I bought it
for all of $8 or $9. Got it home and it was too wide - it was for a number 8.
What to do, what to do. Went to ebay and found a nice older 8C that was in
great shape except for that hole drilled through the sole at the back end (to
hang it on the wall I guess). $50 and it came home. So now I have $59 +/- in a
nice #8C with a Hock blade (not to mention a real nice older Stanley blade for
a spare) and that thing can cut finer full length, full width shavings than any
other plane I own. I think stories I had read about O'Deen and seeing him
holding that #8 of his on the Blood & Guts page was the inspiration that made
me buy the plane on ebay rather than sell the blade on ebay.
Sounds like a plane made up of different parts. Check out Patrick's
Blood and Gore,[ http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan0.htm ] but
its my understanding that a Bakelite screw knob is WWII vintgage, but
to be correct the lever cap would have the kidney shaped hole. The
wooden tote and front knob, if WWII, would be made of painted or
stained hardwood, and not Rosewood. Does it have a "low" front knob,
or a "high" one, and is there a ring on the casting within which the
fron knob fits? Generally, low knobs come with lever caps that have
the keyhole, rather than the kidney shaped hole, but not always.
Check to see if there is a frog adjustment screw below the Bakelite
adjusting knob, if so, then its not WWII. You are correct the
castings on WWII planes are thicker, and you generally see a less
polished milling of the sides of these planes. I think there are some
uncorrect parts on this plane and it is likely a tad overpriced for
what it is. My first couple of old plane purchases were like this, and
now I avoid them as I know better. If you keep your eyes open at fleas
and garage sales, 5's are pretty common and can be gotten for $20 or
oftentimes less, depending on condition.
As to someone's comment about WWII not being good users, well, they
are if properly tuned. I've also never had a bakelite knob go bad
I thank everyone for their input, I really appreciate the help. I bought this
one no one else would bid for, it is a Stanley #5 of older type but it has a
later lever cap with the kidney hole. Good enough as a user, it's got all
the parts and even Magpie's brass adjustment knob too! Again thanks to all.
Also this sweet Stanley #110, awesome condition:
just got it [9-13-04].
Thanks again everyone,
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