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Handplane Central is not just about making planes and using planes. If you’re a hand plane collector and you’re into old catalogs then we have a range of plane catalogs like the Norris 1914 catalog, the Stanley 1902 catalog or the Edward Preston & Sons 1901 Catalog and we’re adding more all the time.


Stanley No. 56 Core Box Plane


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Manufactured: 1909 to 1923
Length: 6 inches
Blade Width: 3/8 inch
Construction: Cast iron, rosewood handle
Finish: Japanned
Features: Compact size
Uses: Cuts 9/16 to 2 inch diameter semicircles
Average Dealer Price: $800 to $1600
Average eBay Price: $680 to $1400

Other Notes: Probably not a popular selling plane as many pattern makers would just cast up their own core box planes from bronze or cast iron


Updated: 29th July, 2006

Stanley No. 56 Core Box Planes on eBay right now...

Nickel Plated Finger Rest Millers Falls No 46 No 56 Block Plane F809
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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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