I recently returned from a road trip to Texas and met a great guy (Charley) who has been collecting since the 1960s. He and I had talked on the phone and learned how much we actually had in common even though he was a bit older than I (and I ain't that young), he had a lot of great stories of buying trips all over the world as his job in the Air Force afforded him the opportunity to travel, (and apparently do some junkin). He thought that over the years he may have accumulated several hundred pieces. I know he has one of the most extensive and diverse No 2 size plane collections in the world.
A few years back Charley had made the decision to "divest" himself of many of his treasures but wanted to be in control of when and how he did as he was not going to let them end up in the local thrift store, (apparently a threat his lovely wife had implied). Over the past few years Charley and his friend and "junkin buddy" of many decades had been selling some of his stuff but sadly, his friend passed a year or so ago. He told me that there was a lot left, mostly great quality, good usable tools, some collectable stuff and as he put it, "junkers. Over the past 8 months he and I had discussed the possibility of me taking over stewardship of these great old relics...hence, the trip to Texas.
When we got to Charley and Janie's place, (pulling a 4x8 U-Haul trailer behind the Winnebago), I was treated to a viewing of an amazing collection of No.1 and No 2 size planes along with a few other very rare and collectable examples of tools he'd obtained over the years. Being a No 1 and 2 collector myself I was like a kid in a candy store but sadly for me, Charley had plans for those. Then Charley took me into his garage and "BEHOLD"! There were about 300 or so Bedrocks, Baileys, Stanley woodworking planes of all numbers and types and a ton of other early makers planes. He said that his collecting goal (for planes) was to get one of each listed in Walter's book. Not sure if he made it all the way but he certainly had made a dent in it along with a few side trips. One wall of his garage was end to end with cabinets filled top to bottom with beautiful bench planes, Bailey,(mostly 3s and 4s) Bedrock (one of each size round side and flat side, corrugated and one smooth bottom), Stanley block planes, Millers Falls, Ohio (near complete set) routers, scrapers, spokeshaves, No 21 and 22 size transitionals, and about 30 double ended block planes by different manufacturers and different logos. All good stuff. I promised Charley that I'd do my best to find good homes for all these great tools.
My wife and I spent the next 6 hours (we stopped only for a quick ham & cheese sandwich ala Charley) wrapping, boxing and packing plane after plane, enough to fill the U-Haul to its weight limit and my towing capacity. We even had to leave some stuff behind, sadly. A few days on the road got us home to Oregon but it took 3 days to unpack all the boxes.
So, now I'm in the process of doing for Charley, what I'd promised, finding good homes for these beautiful relics from the past. Some of it has been spoken for, the Ohios are destined for another collection and a few of the Bedrocks have been taken. But there's still a lot to go. If you are looking for something specific, not too specialized, Bedrock, Bailey smoother, Stanley block planes, Millers Falls bench/block plane, about a 30 piece collection of double ended block planes, drop me a note. Now, I'll tell you up front that this is NOT a liquidation sale, fire sale, bargain basement sale, or anything sale. These are all good, clean (more or less) usable tools, some worthy of a spot in a collection and currently sitting in mine. If you know me or had any dealings with me you know that I offer fair and reasonable pricing. If you are looking for a ready to use plane, I can do that but prices are adjusted accordingly. If you are looking to steal something at a price that would embarrass your mother, save us both some time.
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Periodically, I will post items that I have for sale. The list changes frequently as I also sell on eBay under the handle nicmk.
If you see something that interests you, you may contact me at email@example.com and I will 1. Answer questions, 2. Send more photos, or 3. Be happy to sell you something.
Unless otherwise noted, each of my items is user ready, tuned, sharp and ready to go to work. If you happen to be a perfectionist you will likely want to fine tune your new plane to meet your own personal specifications. I will do as much work on the item as is practical but understand that it isn't a perfect specimen, never was probably even when new. If you're looking for perfection, design one and have it made. Let me know as I've never seen a perfect plane before. Generally these planes are at least 60 years old and will have typical usage marks, perhaps some pitting, bare metal staining, tool box dings and other work related injuries.
If any look interesting, feel free to contact me directly for additional details.
If the item shows that it's been SOLD no worries. I've got more in the queue so check back again soon. It takes some time to get them ready.
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User Ready Stanley Bedrock 605 1/2 Corrugated type 5 c1911 SOLD
A very nice user grade oversize jack, tuned up and ready to use. It's a great size and option to fill the hole in your bench plane collection
Stanley Bailey No 3 WWII Corrugated Type 17 Classic c1942-1945 Ready To Use SOLD
This one would make a fine user or addition to a collection of user planes, one to add to the arsenal. Clean sharp and ready to use out of the box and at a bargain price when compared to it's contemporary modern copies.
Millers Falls No 24 Jointer Excellent User Grade and User Ready c1953-1966 SOLD
A great albeit scarce alternative to a Stanley No 8, this completely tuned 24 inch jointer is ready to get to work right out of the box (after you reassemble it). This would be a perfect Stanley alternative for someone on a budget looking to build a workbench arsenal and isn't interested in the tuning up part of the job.
Stanley Bailey No 7 Corrugated c1902 Type 9 Tuned Up Sharp & Ready To UseSOLD
A great looking and less common style corrugated No 7, produced early on in the 20th Century. It's tuned and ready to use, an excellent example of an early era Bailey, definitely a great opportunity for a new user/collector.
Classic Stanley Bailey No 4 Corrugated Type 11 c19010-1919 Sharp & Ready To UseSOLD
User friendly and in excellent condition this corrugated No 4 c1910-18 would be a perfect starter for a new craftsman/woman looking for an early classic style quality smoothing plane at a fair and reasonable price.
Millers Falls 1455 Low Angle Block Plane Clean Sharp Ready To Use SOLD
This all original and as found example has been cleaned, tuned up and is ready to use. The iron has been flattened and the bevel reset at 25 degrees. The bottom has been lapped smooth and flat. There are no functional or structural defects. It would make a great bench or apron companion in a working shop.
Classic Original Stanley Bailey No 4 WWII Type 17 Classic c1942-1945 Clean Sharp Ready To Use SOLD
This classic type 17 would make a fine addition to a collection of Bailey planes in that it appears to be in little used and original condition save those improvements made during the tune up.
Stanley No 65 Low Angle Block Plane Tuned and Ready to UseSOLD
A wonderful bench or apron partner for any new or experienced craftsman looking for a user ready low angle block. A less common size but in great condition and ready to use.
Stanley Bailey No 3 Corrugated c1902 Type 9 Tuned Up Sharp & Ready To Use SOLD
A great looking and less common style produced early on in the 20th Century. It's tuned and ready to use, an excellent example of an early era Bailey, definitely a great opportunity for a new user/collector.
User Stanley Bailey Classic No 5 Type 19 c1948-61 Tuned Up & Ready to WorkSOLD
A great classic looking and very well cared for No 5 type 19, produced between 1948 -1961 clean, sharp and user ready. It would be a perfect starter for a new craftsman/woman looking for a quality classic smoothing plane to enhance an existing Bailey collection at an amazingly reasonable price.
Classic Stanley Bailey No 3 Corrugated c1910-1923 Tuned Up Ready To Use SOLD
A classically designed No 3 corrugated smoother, likely produced around 1918-23. Clean, sharp and ready to use, perfect for the craftsman/craftswoman who prefers the "feel" of the old Bailey smoothing plane. A perfect addition to a collection of classic users.
"A Beginner's Guide to Bench Planes
The Pocket Guide"
Just bought your first plane? This guide will help you set it up and keep it maintained in a "ready to use" condition. Filled to the brim with helpful pointers on sharpening, basic tuning and maintenance of you new bench plane. A "must have" smaller pocket size guide for the new or learning user. Order direct from the author. Contact me for details.