Vintage Tools

Infill Planes


Measuring Tools

Misc. Tools

Molding Planes


Stanley Tools

Wooden Planes

New Hand Tools

Power Tools




About Us

Antique Tools at The Best Things
Sign Up for Email Notification of Updates.
Click Here to Sign Up.

Stanley Tools

Explanation of Our Condition Grading System

Frequently Asked Vintage Tool Questions

Click here to see Plane Blade Grinding Guidlines

Number 1 Odd Jobs Number 1 Odd Jobs

ST200549 Number 1 Odd Jobs This is essentially just the body of an Odd Jobs. It still has the screws. It is actually in nice as found condition and worthy of a restoration project. G++ $29

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 6C Bailey Fore Plane Number 6C Bailey Fore Plane

ST200564 Number 6C Bailey Fore Plane A nice as found example (except for one polished brass lug that holds the front knob) from the 1920s with a sweetheart marked iron that is nearly full. The 6 is the size that I personally use more than any other single Stanley plane. Every shop should have one. It is great for flattening boards, and for jointing unless you are joining long boards. A former owner has carved into the top of the tote what looks like a some kind of monogram. G+ $119

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 203 Bench Clamp

ST20055 Number 203 Bench Clamp This tool works sort of like a hold fast, but it is more secure. You put it down into a hole in your bench and then clamp your work. It ony works though if the bench top thickness is 7/8" or slightly less. It is marked, Pat. 3 -16 - 15. As found with some very minor wear to the japanning that kept it from rating up a notch. G++ $45

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 98 & 99 Side Rabbets Number 98 & 99 Side Rabbets Number 98 & 99 Side Rabbets

ST2004106 Number 98 & 99 Side Rabbets Here is another lot from my problem shelf. This is a matching pair of Stanley side rabbets in a user made box. The 99 is in nice condition, ready to use. The 98 has been dropped and the handle has been broken off. The plane is still usable, but clearly compromised. I have priced the lot for what the 99 alone is worth, so if you can fix the 98 you get a free plane. The parts are still worth good money. Both planes are marked R.J. Heany in a very neat script, possibly with an electric pencil and possibly hand done in some way. G+ Sold

Number 15 Carpenter Number 15 Carpenter

ME200454 Number 15 Carpenter's Sliding Rule A nicely cared for example with a rich untouched patina. The brass has that rich color that we all like and the boxwood has a perfect boxwood color. The rule is marked "Stanely Rule and Level Co." G++ $129

Number 98 Side Rabbet Plane

ST200439 Number 98 Side Rabbet Plane A very clean example in the original box. This is the style with the depth stop. The blade has been honed but has the original factory grind. This tool is barely used, if at all, and retains all of the original nickel. The box is in nice condition as well. Connoisseur grade. Fine $129

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 148 Match Plane Number 148 Match Plane Number 148 Match Plane

ST200228 Number 148 Match Plane An apparently unused example in the original 1950s box. The box also has a label on it from Harry's Hardware and Pawn. The blades have never been honed. The box is a worn, but the tool has no complaints. Fine $119

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

Number 59 Doweling Jig

ST200138 Number 59 Doweling Jig A classic Stanley doweling jig with all 6 original guides. This is a later one that came with a bit stop, and that is not present. The box is very Tatty. It has the original instructions, a well as the instructions for the doweling machine. The tool itself rates Fine $49

Number 603 Bedrock Smoothing Plane Number 603 Bedrock Smoothing Plane

ST20019 Number 603 Bedrock Smoothing Plane A lovely as found example from the 1930s. It has the scarce blade logo that has the patent number under the logo. The only fault that I have with this plane is that the varnish on the tote has deteriorated and is covered with craquelure. I don't know why, but planes from this period were susceptible to this. A very nice example. Fine- $189

Number 1 Plumb Bob

ST191223 Number 1 Plumb Bob An early example, it is only marked with the 1874 patent date. Lovely untouched condition with a rich patina and old string on the reel that is probably from when it was new. I don't know if these came with the string or not. A particularly nice honest example. G++ $119

Number 400 Miter Clamp

ST191228 Number 400 Miter Clamp A classic Stanley cast iron miter clamp. A super handy tool if you do any picture framing work. It tilts to allow you to nail the sides of joints. This one is blue, which is 1960s. It is as it came from a shop and is a bit dirty but should clean to at least Fine- $99

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 200 Cutter and Chisel Grinder

ST190823 Number 200 Cutter and Chisel Grinder An barely used example of the classic Stanley sharpening jig in the original box. It is the early box that is from around 1920. Fine $95

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 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 984 Ratcheting Bit Holder

ST180960 Number 984 Ratcheting Corner Brace This tool is for getting into corners or right up against the wall. The head has a flat on one side to be flush against the wall. The head and grip are rosewood. The metal is in nice condition. The head has some tool box rash. G+ $85

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 A5 Bailey Jack Plane Number A5 Bailey Jack Plane

ST171217 Number A5 Bailey Jack Plane A scarce Stanely aluminum jack plane. The body on this plane is much better than I normally see and is quite crisp. The wood is good as well. The lever cap has some peeling nickel and a tiny chip in the edge, as noted with the arrow. An idiot has wire brushed the top of the sweet heart blade. The front brass handle lug is also polished. If you are a serious collector, you can always swat the iron. What are people thinking when they do things like this? The important part, the body, is about as good as I have seen. The adjustment knob also retains its nickel plating. G+ $145

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

To the top of Antique Stanley Tools