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Stanley Block Planes
The Stanley block planes listed below are variations of, similar to, or evolved from the basic # 9 1/2 Stanley block plane design. The Stanley 9 1/2 block plane went through a series of changes in its design over its 100+ year span of production. The differences between the planes listed here can be as subtle as differences in the finish, like polished or nickel fittings, as opposed to japanned fittings, cap style, an extra 1" in length, as with the 9 1/2 & 15, or with the 60 series where the cutter is set at a lower angle than the 9 1/2 family of planes were.
Note: The throats on all of the planes are good unless otherwise noted. Many sellers of block planes never address, and buyers are never told of, the condition of this critical aspect. These planes are prone to damage w/ stress cracks at the edges, or chips along the edge and the condition of the throat needs to be considered.
Stanley 9 1/2 Style Block Planes
Good + . . . . . . $ 18.00
Stanley # 9 1/2 Block Plane The Stanley 9 1/2 is a favorite with users and a requirement for those making fly rods.. Nice!!
Good + . . . . . $35.00
Stanley # 9 1/2 Block Plane A later blue model but before they went to stamped parts. No rust or pitting. Good cutter. Nice enough and will be a good user.
Good + . . . . . . $ 30.00
Stanley # 9 1/2 Block Plane Same as above later blue model but a bit nicer.
Good + . . . . . . $ 40.00
Stanley Type 3 # 9 1/2 Block Plane This is a very early model that was only made for a few years back in the 1870's. The distinguishing features are the unique pebbled cap, no front adjuster and excelsior body shape. There is a small chip at the front of the right rail.
Good - . . . . . $55.00
Stanley # 9 3/4 Type 1 Tailed Block Plane The cap is nice. The tail is nice, the cutter is a later replacement that is nice. The front moveable throat looks nice, but not sure if the threads are going to be right w/ that brass screw in there. The main body has suffered a near fatal fall at some point with a caved in side. Check the pics of the back side. The tail and cap are worth the money.
Fair - / Parts . . . . . $ 295.00
Stanley # 9 3/4 Excelsior Style Tailed Block Plane The collector identified this as a type 4. I did not carefully check that, but it looks about right given the early features it exhibits. A prior owner did carve his initials into the side rail as seen in the pics. A nice early example of Stanley's favorite plane with the hard to find tail..
Good +. . . . . $275.00
4 Stanley Excelsior Model # 9 1/2 & #15 1/2 Block Planes The earliest 9 1/2 model block planes had what is called the excelsior body where the side rail hump was further back than on later models.
What we have here are 2 # 91/2s and 2 # 15 1/2 shown w/o tails. The two #15 1/2 planes have nuts to accept a tail which would make them 15 1/2's. One of each size is early enough to not have a lateral adjuster which is proper for them.
The first 9 1/2 has throat issues but good parts.
Look further down the page for a selection of tails for these, or one you might have that needs one.
MNA-9H-15H 1 2 3 4
1. . . . . . Fair . . . . . . $ 25.00 SOLD!!
2. . . . . . Good+ . . . . . . $ 75.00
3. . . . . . Good+ . . . . . . $ 95.00 SOLD!!
4. . . . . . Good+ . . . . . . $ 75.00
4 Stanley Block Plane Tails Stanley offered the auxiliary tail / accessory as far back as 1872 on their first models of their 9 1/2 series planes. As can be seen the legs on the left one are broken. The last one has a different shape to it but I believe it is proper. One also has a slightly different casting shape for the fork and may be from a Sargent?
MNA-93Q-TAILS 1 2 3 4
1. . . . . . Fair / BROKEN . . . . . . $ 40.00 SOLD!!
2. . . . . . Good+ . . . . . . $ 200.00
3. . . . . . Good+ . . . . . . $ 200.00
4. . . . . . Good+ . . . . . . $ 200.00 SOLD!!
Stanley # 15 Excelsior Block Plane There is a small chip on the left front on the side rail. Otherwise this is a nice early example of Stanley's favorite plane.
Fair . . . . . $ 55.00
Stanley Excelsior Model # 15 1/2 Tailed Block Plane This is the same plane as above with a auxiliary tail attached that just came in on a broken body. I want 200 for the original handle. It is very nice. The nut holding it on is on the verge of being stripped. It get tight, and then skips a thread and loosens up. You are buying the handle only for $200 and the plane from above for $95.00. Buy one, the other, or both. Your Choice.
Good + . . . . . . $ 275.00
Stanley #17 Block Plane This hi angle 7" block plane is pretty nice. To be a proper #17 it should have a nickeled cap, but I had to change it out with another proper era black one. A nice little plane.
Good + . . . . . $ 40.00
#18 Block Plane This hi angle knuckle joint cap 6" block plane is unmarked. The throat adjuster is set up differently from a Stanley. I am not sure who made it, but it is a nice little block plane.
Good + . . . . . $ 25.00
#15 1/2 Tailed Block Plane The collector identified this as a Stanley #15 1/2 but I am not sure if that is right given the way the throat adjuster is set up in reverse of Stanley's idea. I would bet it was made by a competitor who used this set-up as a way around the Stanley patent. That would make it far rarer than a typical Stanley, which is a pretty hard to find plane in its own right.
Good + . . . . . $ 295.00
Stanley # 18 Knuckle Joint Block Plane This is nice early excelsior body example of the Stanley #18 block plane. It could use a good cleaning and the sole lapped. There is no damage.
Good . . . . . . . $40.00
Stanley Type 2 #110 Block Plane w/ Shoe Buckle Cap The 110 block plane was first offered in 1875. The first model had slightly different side rail profiles. This is a type 2 and was only offered for a year or so before Stanley made major changes to the design doing away with the Shoe Buckle cap. The collectors tag stuck inside the body of this indicates he bought it from Roger Smith back in the 70's. That is over 40 years ago.
The condition is very nice. The shoe buckle cap is damage free. The front knob is so nice I am guessing it might be a replacement, but do not know. A hard to find early and rare block plane in very nice condition.
Good + . . . . . $395.00
Stanley Sweet Heart Era # 131 Double Ended Block Plane The #131 block plane is the upgraded adjustable version of the classic #130 double ended block plane Stanley offered. These planes were offered for approximately 40 years starting right after the turn of the century. It has a unique design where you flip the adjuster back or forth to seat the iron on. This adjuster is fragile and often cracked as it can be flipped only when the screw is let out enough and it will crack if forced or not set in the channel correctly. This one is not cracked or damaged in any way. The overall condition is very nice.
Good + . . . . . $150.00
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