Recently bought a stanley number 130 double ended block plane for $40
australian (about $28 USD) that is in
excellent condition still in the original box.
My question to you all is, as a woodworker I bought it to use, but should I
keep it as a collectible instead?
Are they rare or valuable?
Thanks for your help - this is a great newsgroup (except for the very
AFAIR, the #130 is a twin-position version of the #102. I _hate_ this
plane. It was my first ever plane (Christmas in my first ever
toolset), and I never knew how to adjust it right. Even today I just
can't bear to use the damned thing.
#130's aren't rare, judging from UK eBay traffic. If I saw a way to
shift it, I think I'd jump at the chance.
Die Gotterspammerung - Junkmail of the Gods
Just to counterpoint Andy, I have a #130, and use it quite a bit.
I leave the blade in the bullnose position, since I've got other
block planes which are more comfortable for "normal" use. Now,
mine wasn't NIB (it was more "used on table"), so there was no
question about using it. I don't think the #130 is particularly
collectable, and I think it'd be pretty hard to damage one, so
my inclination would be to stash the box somewhere safe & go
ahead & use the plane.
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