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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 + . . . . . . $ 20.00
Stanley # 9 1/4 Block Plane It is what it is. Dirty but nice and cheap. A good user if you do not need the adjustable front plate.
Good . . . . . . $12.00
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 3/4 Type 1 Tailed Block Plane (PARTS) 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 and now has a caved in side. Check the pics of the back side. The tail and cap are worth the money.
Fair - / Parts . . . . . $ 250.00
Stanley # 9 3/4 Excelsior Style Tailed Block Plane The collector identified this as a type 4. I have been told it is more likely a type 9 with some swapped parts. I did not carefully check that, but it sounds right. A prior owner did carve his initials into the side rail as seen in the pics. A nice early example of Stanley's favorite block plane with the hard to find tail.
Good . . . . . $225.00
Stanley # 9 3/4 Tailed Block Plane This Stanley # 9 3/4 block plane is in fine condition. No rust or pitting. The cutter is nice. Throat good. No damage to the body. The collector identified it as a type 9. A hard to find block plane that is nice enough for the collection or will make a great user. Nice!!
Good + . . . . . $375.00
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
#18 Block Plane This hi angle knuckle joint cap 6" block plane is unmarked. It has a Stanley cutter in it. The throat adjuster is set up different / backwards from a Stanley. There is another just below with this same set-up for the adjuster I am not sure who made this, 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 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
3 #101 Style Block Planes On the left is what at first glance appears to be a rare little Stanley 201, but it has just one support post under the cutter when I believe it should have 2. It had a Dave Paling price tag on it that would make one think both buyer and seller thought it was a Stanley 201. The nickel is old and original. The cutter is not marked. It is what it is.
Next is an aluminum one that sat outside too long.
I believe the last one is a Craftsman. It is nice
Left . . . . . $100.00
Right . . . . . . $15.00
Middle . . . . . . . $5.00
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