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Stanley No. 18-1/4 Block Plane


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Manufactured: 1952 to 1958
Length: 6 inches
Blade Width: 1-5/8 inches
Construction: Cast iron
Finish: Japanned, nickel plated trimmings
Features: Knuckle joint lever cap
Uses: General purpose block plane
Average Dealer Price: $100 to $250
Average eBay Price: $80 to $220


Updated: 25th July, 2006

Stanley No. 18-1/4 Block Planes on eBay right now...

Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 9 1 4 18 19 65 120 118 220 Blade 1 5 8
Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 9 1 4 18 19 65 120 118 220 Blade 1 5 8 $15.95
Time Remaining: 1h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $15.95
Vintage Stanley Rule Level Co 18 Type 5 Wood Working Block Plane
Vintage Stanley Rule  Level Co 18 Type 5 Wood Working Block Plane $22.00
Time Remaining: 1d 20h
Stanley Block Plane No 9 1 2 15 16 17 18 19 Lateral Adjustment 3P
Stanley Block Plane No 9 1 2 15 16 17 18 19 Lateral Adjustment 3P $14.39
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $14.39
Stanley Block Plane No 9 1 2 9 3 4 16 18 65 65 1 2 Mouth Front Plate L
Stanley Block Plane No 9 1 2 9 3 4 16 18 65 65 1 2 Mouth Front Plate L $7.19
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $7.19
Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 9 3 4 15 15 1 2 16 17 18 19 RH Depth Adjuster
Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 9 3 4 15 15 1 2 16 17 18 19 RH Depth Adjuster $6.29
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $6.29
Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 9 1 4 18 19 65 120 118 220 Blade 1 5 8 FBBL
Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 9 1 4 18 19 65 120 118 220 Blade 1 5 8 FBBL $17.99
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $17.99
Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 9 3 4 15 15 1 2 16 17 18 19 RH Depth Adjuster
Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 9 3 4 15 15 1 2 16 17 18 19 RH Depth Adjuster $5.39
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $5.39
Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 9 1 4 18 19 65 120 118 220 Blade 1 5 8 MVL
Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 9 1 4 18 19 65 120 118 220 Blade 1 5 8 MVL $22.49
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $22.49
Stanley Block Plane No 18 18 1 4 19 Lever Cap Screw
Stanley Block Plane No 18 18 1 4 19 Lever Cap Screw $8.99
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $8.99
Stanley Block Plane 9 1 4 9 1 2 15 16 17 18 18 1 4 19 LH Depth Adjuster N
Stanley Block Plane 9 1 4 9 1 2 15 16 17 18 18 1 4 19 LH Depth Adjuster N $8.09
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $8.09


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.