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Number 140 Rabetting Block Plane Number 140 Rabetting Block Plane Number 140 Rabetting Block Plane

ST20085 Number 140 Rabetting Block Plane The classic Stanley skewed block plane with a removable side for rabbet work. This is an earlier example with the cast iron adjustment knob and a sweetheart marked iron. G+ Sold





Number 8 Tool Handle

ST200811 Number 8 Tool Handle An apparently unused example in the original box. The end with the label is detached but could easily be repaired. Fine $39





Number 45 Combination Plane Number 45 Combination Plane Number 45 Combination Plane Number 45 Combination Plane

ST200767 Number 45 Combination Plane This is what collectors call a Type 4 Stanley 45, manufactured from 1890 - 1892. I believe that it is complete. It has 7 beading irons, 9 grooving irons, one slitter, and one tongue. It came out of an old tool chest and is in wonderful untouched condition. It is with the original green box, but the box is in a dreadful state and has no real value. The blade box does not have a label, but I don't know if the planes this early did come with labels. Written on the box is "Bout in 1895 ... W. P. Blankenship) The box still has the extra spurs stapled to the outside, just as it came. This is the best early 45 that I have ever had. For the connoisseur. Fine $445


Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST200777 Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane A circa 1900 Stanley smoothing plane that has been properly cleaned by a collector. It retains about 85% of the original blade and will make a great user. There is a very minor chip in the base of the tote and some tiny chips out of the spur. For a good pre-War Stanley four this one is a bargain. G+ $99



Number 28-035 Card Scraper

ST200780 Number 28-035 Card Scraper A new old stock Stanley US made 3" X 5" card scraper. FIne $12






 Number 65 Low Angle Block Plane  Number 65 Low Angle Block Plane

ST200743 Number 65 Low Angle Block Plane A nice honest example of a Stanley knuckle joint low-angle block plane. I am not sure of the date other than it is post 1920s. G+ $75





Number 113 Compass Plane Number 113 Compass Plane

ST200724 Number 113 Compass Plane An early side wheel example in as found condition. Unfortunately, if you turn it over, there is some relatively fresh looking rust on the sole. This doesn't look deep and will clean to a smooth sole, but the staining will not go away. Still a great user for a really modest price. Look at our FAQs for cleaning the sole. You just want to scrape the rust with the soft steel used to hang pipes in the basement. G+ $119


Number 93 Butt & Rabbet Gauge

ST200643 Number 93 Butt & Rabbet Gauge A very clean as found example with the early gothic style logo. G++ $59






Number 12 1/2 Scraper Plane Number 12 1/2 Scraper Plane

ST200619 Number 12 1/2 Scraper Plane A nice clean example with a crisp and little worn rosewood sole. The blade is not marked but is most likely the original blade. The plane hasn't been used enough to go through a blade. The only complaint I have on this one is that somebody has take the patina off of the brass with some kind of cleaning agent, so the brass has a kind of dull color. I am sure that it will repatinate with time. G++ $129



Number 12 Scraper Plane Number 12 Scraper Plane

ST200621 Number 12 Scraper Plane This is a good user Stanley scraper. The blade is very worn down. Time to call Ron Hock. The plane is a sweetheart marked example. There is a beautifully executed old repair to the side. Bargain priced for a user. Good $49




Number 1220 Defiance Hand Drill

ST200569 Number 1220 Defiance Hand Drill A small Stanley hand drill similar in size to a Millers Falls 5. It has 6 of the original 6 bits still in the head. It is clean and very lightly used. Fine- $39





Number 700 Woodworkers Vise

ST200583 Number 700 Woodworkers Vise This is a vise that Stanley made for people who did not have access to a woodworking bench. It clamps onto any table or bench and can be used on a job site, or for home use when you don't have room for a normal bench. The jaws are lined with masonite. The maximum thickness of the top that it can clamp onto is about 1 7/8" thick. It weights 5 pounds and the jaws are 5" wide. It has an unusual design that allows you to clamp along the top or the side. G++ $45


Number H1252R Handyman Chisel Set

CH200573 Number H1252R Handyman Chisel Set This is a set of Stanley beveled chisels, 1/4", 1/2" 3/4", and 1". None of them have ever been honed and the 3 smaller sizes appear to be unused. The 1" chisel has light chipping along the edge where clearly it was misused for something, even though it has never been honed for use. The chipping is not deep and will be easy to remove. They are in the original pouch, probably 1950s. This will make a great first set of dovetailing chisels for somebody. Fine- $69


Unmarked Number 65 Marking Gauge

ST200551 Unmarked Number 61 Marking Gauge This is an as found #65 gauge that has a good full pin. It has seen some use but the fence shows no heavy wear, just light use. There is some paint splattered on it and it could use a light cleaning. A great user and cheap. G+ $25




Number 54 Spokeshave Number 54 Spokeshave

ST200555 Number 54 Spokeshave This is an early example and hs been well used. The japanning is worn off except in the recesses where the hand does not touch. The blade is not worn out, but it is getting close. The sole has been modified to compass it for inside curves. It is another tool from the shipwright's tools that I bought. For all these reasons, it is cheap but a great user piece. G+ $29



Number 9 1/2 Block Plane Number 9 1/2 Block Plane

SA200534 Number 9 1/2 Block Plane A sweetheart marked example in very dirty as found condition. There is some light surface rust on the left front side, but mostly it is just dusty and should clean up nicely to at least G+ $39





Number 99 Side Rabbet Plane Number 99 Side Rabbet Plane

ST2004115 Number 99 Side Rabbet Plane A nice as found example with a full V Trademark iron. These are among the handiest tools that Stanley made. use mine all the time for doing fine fitting of joints, be it sliding dovetails or tongue & Groove joints. G+ $75




Stanley Rule & Level Co. Stanley Rule & Level Co.

ST2004121 Stanley Rule & Level Co. This is an early Stanley #60 screwdriver. It is marked, Patented June 6, '71. It doesn't have the model number marked on it, which is consistent for such an early example. It measures 9" overall. A collector has polished the brass ferule a bit, but only lightly. This is a nice example of a hard to find early Stanley screwdriver. G+ $45



Number 138 Level Sights

ST2004126 Number 138 Level Sights An apparently new set in the original box. The level sights are sweetheart marked. The box is post war, but clearly original. This was not a hot seller and they probably never changed the dies. They are mounted on the original piece of wood that came in the box. Fine $45




Number 81 Scraper Number 81 Scraper

ST2004103 Number 81 Scraper This is a good user example that came from an old shipwright's tools. It is the early style with the cast iron screw to lock the blade. It retains better than 90% of the original nickel. This tool was clearly used but well cared for. When the original wooden sole wore out, he replaced it with a hardwood sole that he made. The blade has also been replaced by one made by "Philadelphia Saw Works" which was a Disston brand. The blade is sharp and this tool is ready to use, just put some wax on the sole and go. A real bargain for a user. G+ $59


Number 65 Marking Gauge

ST20041 Number 65 Marking Gauge This is the later style with the triangular stock, but it is boxwood. The later examples were maple. This one has not seen a lot of use. A hang hole was drilled in the far end, and they let it tear out the wood on the back side of the hole. A great user example. G+ $39




Number 7506 Tape Measure

ST200353 Number 7506 Tape Measure This is a scarce tape measure, and I can see why. It is not one of Stanley's more clever ideas. It is patented. The tape is does not self retract, you have to push it back in. The last bit of it has bends in the tape where it was binding when pusing it back it. I put a few drops of machine oil into it and now it retacts much more freely. The exterior is in very clean condition. I didn't rate it higher because of the minor bends in the tape. G++ $25


Number 90 Marking Gauge Number 90 Marking Gauge

ST20035 Number 90 Marking Gauge A used but well cared for example. The think that the casting on this one is the first style that was used, but I don't claim to have studied these. The pin is very worn down. It still works but it is at the end of its useful life. This is of course easy to replace. G+ $36




Number 88 Adjustable Clapboard Marker Number 88 Adjustable Clapboard Marker

ST200260 Number 88 Adjustable Clapboard Marker An apparently unused example in the original box, with the original instruction sheet. It has the V tradmark that was used in the teens. The box lid is in terrible shape, although the label is still there. The tool is untouched and could use a light cleaning. As it is now it rates Fine- $49




Number 65 Chamfer Shave

ST200222 Number 65 Chamfer Shave This is an earlier example with the half moon logo on the blade. The japanning has tool box wear. The bear metal surfaces have a pleasing patina and the blade looks to be about full original length. I would rate this one higher were it not for the chips in the japnning. As it is, I rate it a strong G+ $115



Number 39 3/8" Dado Plane Number 39 3/8" Dado Plane

ST20025 Number 39 3/8" Dado Plane A nice as found sweetheart marked example. The only small complaint that I have is that the nickel on the thumscrews is peeling. G++ $129





Number 2 Traut Patent Square

ST200212 Number 2 Traut Patent Square A ell used but honest 4" example. It will still be a great user. It is not marked, and I am not sure that any of these early examples were. G+ $28





Nicholson Patent Plumb & Level Nicholson Patent Plumb & Level Nicholson Patent Plumb & Level

ST200130 Nicholson Patent Plumb & Level A scarce Nicholson patent cast iron level. The brass plated has been hand polished and is missing one screw. It is otherwise quite untouched. It is hard to grade how much japanning is left, but a guess is around 50%. It will certainly look better when it is waxed. The overall length is about 19 1/4". For the user or collector who wants a scarce level but doens't to pay a lot for it. G+ $89



Victory Blades

ST191171 Victory Blades This a lot of two new old stock Victory blades in 1 3/4" size, for a Number 3 or 5 1/4 plane. One has it is original wrapper and one does not but neither has ever been used. Fine $49





NOS 2 3/8 inch Blade

ST1910102 NOS 2 3/8 inch Blade This is a new old stock 2 3/8" blade that is still in the factory wrapper. I am not sure when they stopped wrapping the blades this way but it is certainly pre-1960. It has plastic around it to protect it. It really could be called mint but as you all know I can't bring myself to use this term after seing how it is abused elsewhere. Fine+ $59



Nicholson Patent Level Nicholson Patent Level Nicholson Patent Level

ST191086 Nicholson Patent Level A Wm. T. Nicholson patent cast-iron level that is also marked by Stanley, who bought out Nicholson and continued to offer the levels. I am not sure if Stanley conintued production or just sold off the stock. This level is 19 3/8" long and I believe that the May 1st, 1860 patent is for the slot on the bottom that allows you to read it when placed upside down. It has a lovely patina on the iron and on the brass trim. The japanning is worn, but certainly more than half remains. A nice honest example for a discerning collector or user. G+ $159


Number 148 7/8" Match Plane

ST190963 Number 148 7/8" Match Plane A nice as found example with the earlier cast iron thumbscrews. Works stock from 3/4" to 1". G++ $109






Number 38 1/2 Pocket Level

ST19033 Number 38 1/2 Pocket Level A nice sweetheart marked example that has probably been very lightly cleaned by a collector. G+ $36






Number 78 Fillester Plane

ST200638 Number 78 Fillester Plane A dirty as found Stanley 78 that would clean up nicely. It is missing the rod for the fence and the fence has a screw in place of the thumbscrew. The depth stop is also missing. As it sits, you get a good rabbet plane. Find a rod and depth stop and you will have a fillester. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $300 on old tools. Good $0




Number 10 or10 1/2 Blade

ST190316 Number 10 or 10 1/2 Blade This is an original iron for a Stanely rabbet plane like a 10, 10 1/4, or 10 1/2. It has just shy of 1/2" remaining and has the 1892 patent date logo. G+ $35





No. 90 Marking Gauge

ST181096 No. 90 Marking Gauge A very clean example in the later style without any decoration in the casting. Fine $39






Number 35 Wooden Bottom Smoothing Plane Number 35 Wooden Bottom Smoothing Plane

ST200712 Number 35 Wooden Bottom Smoothing Plane This is an early pre-lateral adjustment version. It has the eagle mark on the front. The tote horn is badly chipped. The blade and cap iron are not correct for this plane and they will not retract enough because the notch in the cap iron is in the wrong place. If you have an early cap iron, the plane would make a good user. It is free to whoever orders it first and spends at least $200 on old tools. Fair+ $0


Number 2 Trammel Points

ST18071 Number 2 Trammel Points A pair of number 2 trammel points that are sweetheart marked. One of them has light pitting on the point making the markings hard to read. The keepers are carefully make replacments. The wood is clearly old mut not original. The trammels are untouched with a pleasing patina. A great user pair at a user price. G+ $69



Number 72 Double Marking Gauge

ST180332 Number 72 Double Marking Gauge A very clean twin stem Stanley beech marking gauge. The pins are as tall as new and the fence shows just minor wear. There is a small hang hole drilled in the rear. A nice clean example. G++ $59





Number 95 Butt Gauge

ST170264 Number 95 Butt Gauge Judging from the complete lack of wear on the cutters on this tool, I don't think that it was ever used, but it has some nickel loss and some rust spots from poor storage. It is in the original box, which is in decent condition. There is rust on the tip of one of the slitters, but that will polish off and this will be a great user. G+ $49



Number 299 Trimming Knife

ST1610120 Number 299 Trimming Knife A Stanley box knife in the original box. The box lists a slew of uses, but opening boxes is actually not on the list. I can still hear blades in the handle. The box is from the 1950s and is in nice condition. The tool is painted red and the red has some light wear and the initials F J scratched in. G+ $45



Number 101 1/2 Bullnose Block Plane Number 101 1/2 Bullnose Block Plane Number 101 1/2 Bullnose Block Plane

ST160396 Number 101 1/2 Bullnose Block Plane A scarce Stanley 101 1/2 with the football shaped logo. This plane has been used and is probably missing more than half of its original japanning. The sides and sole have been cleaned a bit by a collector and lack patina. I have seen quite a few of these faked, but genuine ones like this really are hard to find. G+ $299



Number 93 Butt & Rabbet Gauge

ST160167 Number 93 Butt & Rabbet Gauge A particularly nice as found tool with only light wear to the nickel on the fence. Marked with the sweetheart logo and the gothic script on the body. Rates a strong G++ $45





Number 278 Combination Fillester and Bullnose

ST151114 Number 278 Combination Fillester and Bullnose This scarce Stanley plane retains about 20% of the original japanning but is in nice original condition. It has been cleaned by a collector. This is an early example with the 1916 patent date on the blade. A good honest example for a reasonable price. G+ $199




Number 85 Scraper Plane Number 85 Scraper Plane

140936 Number 85 Scraper Plane A nice example that needs only a light cleaning. The hold down screw is sweetheart marked. There is a split in the hande at the front of the base, that is tight and is not an issue. Otherwise without complaint and a lovely example that should clean to better than G+ $439






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