DID YOU KNOW…

To some people, learning a new skill can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Handplane Central has information for beginner woodworkers on the many different types of planes and what they’re used for. Why are some planes longer than others, and why do the blades all have different angles? What hand plane is best for your needs and what are the essential planes you simply can’t work without?

Handplane Central also has information on how to set up your plane properly so that it works the best way possible. Want to know the correct way to use a plane, such as for shooting the end of a board or thicknessing down to a line, then Handplane Central can help with that as well. We also have information on blade sharpening, flattening a sole or repairing a handle.


Stanley No. 3 Smooth Plane


Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Manufactured: 1869 to 1984
Length: 8 inches
Blade Width: 1-3/4 inches
Construction: Cast iron, rosewood handle & knob
Finish: Japanned
Features: Handy size smoother
Uses: General purpose bench plane
Average Dealer Price: $50 to $100
Average eBay Price: $40 to $80
Type 1: $400 to $800
Type 2: $250 to $500
Type 3: $350 to $800
Type 4: $80 to $150

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


Updated: 12th March, 2006

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

Antique Stanley Bailey 3 woodworking planer
Antique Stanley Bailey  3 woodworking planer $54.96
Time Remaining: 2h 8m
Buy It Now for only: $54.96
Stanley Handyman No 3 plane 31025
Stanley Handyman No 3 plane 31025 $40.00
Time Remaining: 6h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $40.00
Stanley no 39 3 4 pat date Aug 12 02
Stanley no 39 3 4 pat date Aug 12 02 $100.00
Time Remaining: 6h 43m
STANLEY No3 SCARCE TYPE 9 HAS SRL STAMP UNDER TOTE IN CASTING
STANLEY No3 SCARCE TYPE 9 HAS SRL STAMP UNDER TOTE IN CASTING $125.00
Time Remaining: 7h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $125.00
3 EACH VINTAGE LOW ANGLE PLANES2 STANLEY 1 AMERICIAN BOY
3 EACH VINTAGE LOW ANGLE PLANES2 STANLEY 1 AMERICIAN BOY $74.00
Time Remaining: 7h 23m
Buy It Now for only: $74.00
Vintage 3 piece 1930s untouched STANLEY BAILEY No 4 hand plane
Vintage 3 piece 1930s untouched STANLEY BAILEY No 4 hand plane $76.00 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 7h 36m
STANLEY 1 3 4 WIDE PLANE IRON NOS
STANLEY 1 3 4 WIDE PLANE IRON  NOS $32.99
Time Remaining: 7h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $32.99
Vintage Stanley Bailey no 3 Near Mint nos made in england
Vintage Stanley Bailey no 3 Near Mint nos made in england $41.66
Time Remaining: 9h 4m
VINTAGE STANLEY BAILEY No 3 CORRUGATED SOLE WOOD PLANE VERY NICE
VINTAGE STANLEY BAILEY No 3 CORRUGATED SOLE WOOD PLANE VERY NICE $58.00
Time Remaining: 9h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $58.00
estate nice corrugated STANLEY 3 PATENT date 5 1 2 woodworking plane jcboxlot
estate nice corrugated STANLEY 3 PATENT date 5 1 2 woodworking plane jcboxlot $95.00
Time Remaining: 10h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $95.00


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.

css.php