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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. 103 Block Plane


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Manufactured: 1877 to 1962
Length: 5-1/2 inches
Blade Width: 1-3/8 inches
Construction: Cast iron
Finish: Japanned
Features: Small "pocket size" plane
Uses: General purpose block plane
Average Dealer Price: $10 to $60
Average eBay Price: $12 to $48
Type 1: $100 to $260

Other Notes: Type 1 has a wooden front knob. Due to their handy size, these planes are great for putting in your pocket and taking to the lumber yard.


Updated: 13th August, 2006

Stanley No. 103 Block Planes on eBay right now...

Vintage STANLEY USA Cast Iron Block Plane No103 Refurbished
Vintage STANLEY USA Cast Iron Block Plane No103 Refurbished $13.97 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 15m
Stanley No 80 Cabinet Scraper and Stanley Block Plane 103
Stanley No 80 Cabinet Scraper and Stanley Block Plane 103 $31.00 (15 Bids)
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EARLY Vintage BLOCK PLANE pocket size planer Stanley 102 Or Coharco 103
EARLY Vintage BLOCK PLANE pocket size planer  Stanley 102 Or Coharco 103 $20.00
Time Remaining: 2d 17m
Stanley No 103 Block Plane
Stanley No 103 Block Plane $27.50
Time Remaining: 2d 1h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $27.50
Stanley No 103 block plane 31882
Stanley No 103 block plane 31882 $28.00
Time Remaining: 2d 22h 26m
Buy It Now for only: $28.00
Antique Stanley Early Type 1 No 103 Block Plane Wood Knob Tool 1876 Pat Iron
Antique Stanley Early Type 1 No 103 Block Plane Wood Knob Tool 1876 Pat Iron $159.99
Time Remaining: 3d 3h
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Trio of Stanley Block Planes No 118 low angle No 9 1 4 and No 103
Trio of Stanley Block Planes No 118 low angle No 9 1 4 and No 103 $49.00
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Vintage Stanley 103 SW Block Plane
Vintage Stanley 103 SW Block Plane $30.00
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TOOL GROUP of 2 BLOCK PLANES 1 SHELTON 2 STANLEY 103
TOOL GROUP of 2 BLOCK PLANES 1 SHELTON 2 STANLEY  103 $23.00
Time Remaining: 6d 4h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $23.00
TOOL STANLEY BLOCK PLANE 103 1 1 4 MKD BLADE
TOOL STANLEY BLOCK PLANE  103  1 1 4 MKD BLADE $29.95
Time Remaining: 6d 22h 34m


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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