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Stanley No. 2 Smooth Plane


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Manufactured: 1869 to 1961
Length: 7 inches
Blade Width: 1-5/8 inches
Construction: Cast iron, rosewood handle & knob
Finish: Japanned
Features: Compact one-handed use
Uses: General purpose bench plane
Average Dealer Price: $250 to $500
Average eBay Price: $220 to $560
Type 1: $750 to $1500
Type 2: $400 to $800
Type 4: $300 to $650
Type 19: $300 to $650 (manufactured 1955-61)

Other Notes: A small, general purpose bench plane best suited for one handed use (similar to a block plane). The last production type (Type 19) is one inch longer which increases the value $50 to $200 above the average price. Sweetheart versions (1920-1935) often reach higher prices, but not always


Updated: 12th March, 2006

Stanley No. 2 Smooth Planes on eBay right now...

VINTAGE STANLEY BAILEY NO 4 1 2 SMOOTH BOTTOM PLANE AN7
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Circa 1900s Stanley 2 Smooth Plane Early Handle
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Vintage Stanley Smooth Bottom Jointer Plane Made in England 9 1 2 long
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Stanley 12 204 Smooth Bench Plane 2 in W High Carbon Steel Blade Cast Iron
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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.