I’m always on the lookout for a good bargain. There is a shop about an hour and a half away from my home. While the distance isn’t really convenient, the owner casts for old tools with a wide and fine net. Yesterday, during our monthly trip to visit his shop, I was rummaging around in some old tool chests he hadn’t gotten around to organizing. Inside of one such chest, I found an old Stanley No. 4 that was missing the cutter, chip breaker and lever cap. It was in very good shape. The plane base wasn’t pitted and had hardly any rust. Frog, etc. was all there and in good shape albeit a bit grimy. I was able to determine it was a type 6, about 130 years old. I made them an offer as it was not priced and they accepted. I thought $15 U.S. was fair.
Now I get to go through the fun and interesting exercise of finding replacement parts. I’ve been scouring the net looking for restoration sites that offer advice about the compatibility of various type parts.
I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good site or sites which list what age parts are interchangeable? Ideally I’d like to find a No. 4 of the same type, maybe with a cracked base from which I could scavenge the parts I need.
Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good New Year. God bless.
A great source I have used is New Hampshire plane parts
I’ve gotten parts for several planes and he has never disappointed . ( no affiliation)
Send him a message and tell him exactly what you are looking for he doesn’t list everything he has.
He also has a presence on eBay,
Another good source is Bob Kaune, a tool dealer Seattlecway. A lot of his stuff is collector grade.
Here is a link to his Stanley parts page
And hyperkitten, the site that has all the plane typing flowcharts, sells plane parts. Again, these dealers don’t list everything they have.
Good luck with your search.
Sometimes fortune shines on the diligent. Yesterday on our way home from the shop where I found the plane, we noticed another flea mall. It was too late to stop yesterday but after we cleaned up the house today, we decided to give it a go. It was only an hour away. I kid you not… the very first plane I saw was in horrible shape. it was missing the knob, the tote was split into but it was an otherwise complete Stanley bailey No. 4. It looked awfully familiar. On a chance I made an offer for it of $8. It was priced higher. The vendor accepted my offer. Tonight when I got it home and cleaned it up, it was a Stanley Bailey No. 4 type 6! The exact same as the one I was missing parts from. This one had every part I needed to complete the other. So for $23 I now have all of the parts to restore a 130 year old smoothing plane.
That makes my day.
P.S. Thanks for all the suggestions for parts. I’m sure this won’t be my last restoration project. God bless.
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