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The descriptive terminology used by planemaker’s and collectors can be somewhat confusing to the beginner. For example there was never any real standardization of the various parts of a plane as such, but the names tended to follow the same general pattern.


Stanley No. 171 Door Trim & Router Plane


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Manufactured: 1911 to 1935
Length: 11 inches
Blade Width: 3 provided: 3/8 inch, 5/8 inch and 7/8 inch
Construction: Cast iron, rosewood handles
Finish: Japanned
Features: Adjustable fence & 3 interchangeable blades
Uses: Cuts mortises for installing hinges. Also doubles as a router
Average Dealer Price: $250 to $500
Average eBay Price: $300 to $550

Other Notes: Earlier types are two inches shorter


Updated: 28th July, 2006

Stanley No. 171 Door Trim & Router Planes on eBay right now...

National Hardware V171 6 1 2 Zinc Plated Pulls
National Hardware V171 6 1 2 Zinc Plated Pulls $6.51
Time Remaining: 18h 34m
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Vintage Stanley No 171 Solid Bar Screwdriver 17 Long Hardly used
Vintage Stanley No 171 Solid Bar Screwdriver 17 Long Hardly used $12.50
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2011 12 Limited Stanley Cup Winners CH Chris Pronger Hockey Card
2011 12 Limited Stanley Cup Winners CH Chris Pronger Hockey Card $2.74
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VINTAGE 8 OUNCE PLUMB BOB MARKED STANLEY NO 171
VINTAGE 8 OUNCE PLUMB BOB MARKED STANLEY NO 171 $7.95
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4 7 8 Inch Black Storm And Screen Door Pull
4 7 8 Inch Black Storm And Screen Door Pull $5.98
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STANLEY COMMERCIAL HARDWARE QCL171E626S4478SLCQS Door Lever Lockset
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STANLEY COMMERCIAL HARDWARE QCL171M626S4478SLC Door Lever Lockset
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Old Used Tools3 Vntg Stanley Orange Plumb Bobs2No 171 8oz1No 170 5oz
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94 95 STADIUM CLUB STANLEY CUP CHAMPION PARALLEL 151 200 U Pick from List
94 95 STADIUM CLUB STANLEY CUP CHAMPION PARALLEL 151 200 U Pick from List $1.00
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Stanley Hardware 22 171 8 Single Cut Mill Bastard FileNo 22 171 3PK
Stanley Hardware 22 171 8 Single Cut Mill Bastard FileNo 22 171    3PK $15.93
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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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