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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...

TOOL SMOOTH PLANE STANLEY BAILEY 4 2 MKD BLADE
TOOL SMOOTH PLANE  STANLEY  BAILEY   4 2 MKD BLADE $41.95
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TOOL SMOOTH PLANE STANLEY DEFIANCE 1244 2 MKD BLADE
TOOL SMOOTH PLANE  STANLEY  DEFIANCE  1244 2 MKD BLADE $31.95
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Stanley Bostitch S8D FH 2000 Count 2 3 8 Inch x 120 Smooth Shank Framing Nails
Stanley Bostitch S8D FH 2000 Count 2 3 8 Inch x 120 Smooth Shank Framing Nails $43.30
Time Remaining: 4h 40m
Buy It Now for only: $43.30
STANLEY HANDYMAN H1204 STEEL WOODWORKING SMOOTH BENCH PLANE 9 x 2 USA
STANLEY HANDYMAN H1204 STEEL WOODWORKING SMOOTH BENCH PLANE 9  x 2 USA $38.99
Time Remaining: 11h 5m
Buy It Now for only: $38.99
VTG STANLEY NO 78 WOOD PLANE 2 BLADES SMOOTH BOTTOM USA METAL HANDLE HAND TOOL
VTG STANLEY NO 78 WOOD PLANE 2 BLADES SMOOTH BOTTOM USA METAL HANDLE HAND TOOL $29.99
Time Remaining: 23h 50m
Vintage Stanley Bedrock Bed Rock No 4 Wood Smooth Plane Pat April 2 1895
Vintage Stanley Bedrock Bed Rock No 4 Wood Smooth Plane Pat April 2 1895 $49.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 5m
VINTAGE OLD NO 407 SARGENT SMOOTH BOTTOM CARPENTER PLANE USA LIKE STANLEY NO 2
VINTAGE OLD NO 407 SARGENT SMOOTH BOTTOM CARPENTER PLANE USA LIKE STANLEY NO 2 $107.34
Time Remaining: 1d 4h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $149.34
VINT STANLEY SMOOTH PLANE NO H 1204 12 204 9 1 2 LG MADE IN USA
VINT STANLEY SMOOTH PLANE NO H 1204  12 204  9 1 2 LG MADE IN USA $14.99
Time Remaining: 1d 8h 26m
Buy It Now for only: $19.50
Vintage Stanley N0 4 1 2 c Smooth Plane minty
Vintage Stanley N0 4 1 2 c Smooth Plane minty $49.99
Time Remaining: 1d 8h 41m
Vintage Stanley Bailey No 4 1 2 Smooth Bottom Wood Plane Type 7
Vintage Stanley Bailey No 4 1 2 Smooth Bottom Wood Plane Type 7 $79.00
Time Remaining: 1d 10h 14m


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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