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    Old Plane (worth anything?)

    I had a guy offer to sell me this old hand plane...

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    It has "Lyon Smith, Cinn, Ohio" stamped on one end.

    I don't know the first thing about old planes, and told him I have no use for it.

    Then he asked me if I had any idea what it might be worth. I told him it could be a piece of junk, or then again, it could be worth a couple hundred dollars.

    Does anybody here know if this is firewood, or should he put it on e-bay?
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    Re: Old Plane (worth anything?)

    Quote Originally Posted by deepsplinter View Post
    I had a guy offer to sell me this old hand plane...

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    It has "Lyon Smith, Cinn, Ohio" stamped on one end.

    I don't know the first thing about old planes, and told him I have no use for it.

    Then he asked me if I had any idea what it might be worth. I told him it could be a piece of junk, or then again, it could be worth a couple hundred dollars.

    Does anybody here know if this is firewood, or should he put it on e-bay?
    IMO, it's firewood.
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    Re: Old Plane (worth anything?)

    I don't know a lot either - but in the sparse things I have heard - those old wooden planes are not collectors items.

    The blade is missing?

    I googled the name - nothing popped up.

    I would get a couple of bucks worth of heat out of it during a snowstorm.

    The combo square - level is missing? Maybe worth $2 bucks in a yard sale.

    EBAY???? - forget it - fees will cost more than it will sell for.
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    Re: Old Plane (worth anything?)

    I have an almost exact duplicate of it except on a little better condition and it has the cutter. I seem to remember paying $35 for it. The name is of the guy who made it.
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    Re: Old Plane (worth anything?)

    Thanks gentlemen.

    I'll print this out and give it to him. What he does from there....??
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    Re: Old Plane (worth anything?)

    I would never suggest burning a tool, but that is about as useless of a plane as you'll ever see. It could be brought back to life but would take a lot of effort. If I owned it, I would probably hang on to it and cut it up to make mouth patches for other wooden planes, tool handles, etc. They don't make good, dry 100 year old beech like that anymore...
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    Re: Old Plane (worth anything?)

    Quote Originally Posted by zachdillinger View Post
    . . . . . . They don't make good, dry 100 year old beech like that anymore...


    Never thought of it that way. It could be a wood turners paradise. Personally, when I buy a woodie I'm thinking of the guy who made it. It meant a lot to him professionally. IMO, his work should endure. It is a testament that he lived, worked hard and persued excellence. It is his legacy.
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    Re: Old Plane (worth anything?)

    Quote Originally Posted by art3427 View Post
    Never thought of it that way. It could be a wood turners paradise. Personally, when I buy a woodie I'm thinking of the guy who made it. It meant a lot to him professionally. IMO, his work should endure. It is a testament that he lived, worked hard and persued excellence. It is his legacy.
    I am 100% with you. Its just when something is well past its usable life (like this plane) it may be time to repurpose it into something useful again. I have a massive collection of wooden planes (going on 1,000), with some dating back to the early 18th century. That is why I objected to the burning. It is a profound show of disrespect to the maker and several generations of owners, but returning the raw material to keep other planes operational will not cause any bad-juju as far as the tool gods are concerned. This is just my opinion of course.

    You're assuming that the planemaker actually handled this plane. I don't have my copy of the EAIA directory handy, but I would bet that plane is 1880 or later and therefore most likely factory made by a worker.
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    Re: Old Plane (worth anything?)

    I'm afraid that - although that plane would sell at the summer flea markets here for $20 - even I (!!!) wouldn't be very strongly inclined to own it... especially lacking the iron. It's NEAT, but it'd cost more to put it back on the road than it'd cost to buy a better one that's ready to work.

    Shame that it was allowed to get like that...
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