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Stanley Tools made over 180 different models of handplanes in its heyday – many of which sold in the tens of millions. Many of them are common and found in most workshops across the world, while some are very rare indeed. If you need to find out some quick information about the collector value, manufacturing dates, sizes and features, then check out the “Stats Sheets” section for basic info on the entire range of Stanley handplanes.


Stanley No. 3 C Smooth Plane


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Manufactured: 1898 to 1970
Length: 8 inches
Blade Width: 1-3/4 inches
Construction: Cast iron, rosewood handle & knob
Finish: Japanned
Features: Corrugated bottom
Uses: General purpose bench plane
Average Dealer Price: $50 to $125
Average eBay Price: $35 to $110

Other Notes: Sweetheart versions (1920-1935) often reach higher prices, but not always.


Updated: 25th July, 2006

Stanley No. 3 C Smooth Planes on eBay right now...

Stanley Handyman No 3 plane 31025
Stanley Handyman No 3 plane 31025 $40.00
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Stanley no 39 3 4 pat date Aug 12 02
Stanley no 39 3 4 pat date Aug 12 02 $100.00
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STANLEY No3 SCARCE TYPE 9 HAS SRL STAMP UNDER TOTE IN CASTING
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Vintage 3 piece 1930s untouched STANLEY BAILEY No 4 hand plane
Vintage 3 piece 1930s untouched STANLEY BAILEY No 4 hand plane $81.00 (8 Bids)
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STANLEY 1 3 4 WIDE PLANE IRON NOS
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Vintage Stanley Bailey no 3 Near Mint nos made in england
Vintage Stanley Bailey no 3 Near Mint nos made in england $41.66
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VINTAGE STANLEY BAILEY No 3 CORRUGATED SOLE WOOD PLANE VERY NICE
VINTAGE STANLEY BAILEY No 3 CORRUGATED SOLE WOOD PLANE VERY NICE $58.00
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Stanley Bailey NO 3 Corrugated Bottom Plane
Stanley Bailey NO 3 Corrugated Bottom Plane $49.95
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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.

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