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Stanley No. 20 Circular Plane


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Manufactured: 1897 to 1958
Length: 10 inches
Blade Width: 1-3/4 inches
Construction: Cast iron
Finish: Japanned
Features: Compact one-handed use
Uses: Adjustable steel sole cuts a concave or convex surface
Average Dealer Price: $75 to $250
Average eBay Price: $70 to $220
Type 1: $200 to $450

Other Notes: Earlier types were nickel plated until 1919. Sweetheart versions (1920-1935) often reach higher prices, but not always


Updated: 12th March, 2006

Stanley No. 20 Circular Planes on eBay right now...

Super Clean Vintage Stanley 20 Wood Plane
Super Clean Vintage Stanley  20 Wood Plane $150.00
Time Remaining: 6h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $225.00
No 20 Stanley Victor Circular Plane 9 1 2 Sole1 3 4 Blade Width
No 20 Stanley Victor Circular Plane 9 1 2 Sole1 3 4 Blade Width $47.00 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 11m
Stanley Bailey No4 Type 20 Corrugated Sole Hand Plane
Stanley Bailey No4 Type 20 Corrugated Sole Hand Plane $25.00
Time Remaining: 1d 8h 43m
Rare Stanley USA No20 Type 1 Nickel Plated Circular Plane
Rare Stanley USA No20 Type 1 Nickel Plated Circular Plane $408.47
Time Remaining: 2d 2h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $408.47
Vintage STANLEY Victor No 20 COMPASS PLANE Very Nice Circular
Vintage STANLEY Victor No 20 COMPASS PLANE Very Nice  Circular $16.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 8h 28m
STANLEY HANDYMAN WOODWORKING PLANE Type 20 Almost 10
STANLEY HANDYMAN WOODWORKING PLANE Type 20 Almost 10 $14.95
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 9m
Vintage Stanley No 5 Smooth Jack Plane Type 20 1962 1967 Dark Blue
Vintage Stanley No 5 Smooth Jack Plane Type 20 1962 1967 Dark Blue $22.95
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 10m
Stanley No 20 Circular Compass Plane Body Frame Only Broken FOR PARTS
Stanley No 20 Circular Compass Plane Body Frame Only Broken FOR PARTS $20.00
Time Remaining: 3d 5h 20m
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Vintage Stanley Bailey No 6 Woodworking Plane Patd Apr 19 10 Type 14 InvLc20
Vintage Stanley Bailey No 6 Woodworking Plane Patd Apr 19 10 Type 14 InvLc20 $113.95
Time Remaining: 3d 7h 6m
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Stanley 1 3 4 cutter made in england new old stock for 3 and 20
Stanley 1 3 4 cutter made in england new old stock for 3 and 20 $17.60
Time Remaining: 3d 11h 35m
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Sources: While many of the dealers prices for Stanley planes are largely set by John Walters’ book “Antique & Collectible Stanley Tools” it appears that eBay, while acknowledging the Walters guide somewhat, tends to march to it’s own beat and sets its own prices. For that reason - and the fact that eBay’s reach and customer base is huge - I’ve decided to include a separate eBay average price here. Other sources include: “The Antique Tool Collector’s Guide To Value” by Ronald S. Barlow, “Antique & Collectible Stanley Tools” by John Walter, “The Stanley Plane” by Alvin Sellens, “Patrick’s Blood & Gore” by Patrick Leach, various auctions and sales of collectable tools and my own compilations of prices realized, observations and notes over the past 20+ years.