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Stanley No. 5-1/4 Jack Plane


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Manufactured: 1921 to 1983
Length: 11-1/2 inches
Blade Width: 1-3/4 inches
Construction: Cast iron, rosewood handle & knob
Finish: Japanned
Features: Narrow version of number 5
Uses: General purpose bench plane
Average Dealer Price: $50 to $200
Average eBay Price: $40 to $90

Other Notes: This plane was a popular choice for manual training due to is smaller size. Often referred to as a “Junior Jack” plane. Sweetheart versions (1920-1935) often reach higher prices, but not always


Updated: 15th February, 2006

Stanley No. 5-1/4 Jack Planes on eBay right now...

Stanley Bailey No 4 Smooth Bottom Plane 9 1 4 long 5 1 4 tall Made in USA
Stanley Bailey No 4 Smooth Bottom Plane 9 1 4 long 5 1 4 tall Made in USA $59.51
Time Remaining: 2h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $59.51
Vtg Stanley Plane Orig Part Stanley 3 or 5 1 4 Bench Plane Lever Cap 8344
Vtg Stanley Plane Orig Part Stanley 3 or 5 1 4 Bench Plane Lever Cap 8344 $12.99
Time Remaining: 3h 26m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99
Stanley No 5 1 4 Junior Jack Plane
Stanley No 5 1 4 Junior Jack Plane $44.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 8h 30m
Stanley Bailey No 5 1 4 Wood Plane
Stanley Bailey No 5 1 4 Wood Plane $18.50 (9 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 4h 40m
Stanley No5 1 4C planeCorrugatedSweetheart Logo1 3 41929 33 GD+ S91917
Stanley No5 1 4C planeCorrugatedSweetheart Logo1 3 41929 33 GD+ S91917 $261.95
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $261.95
Stanley No 5 1 4 Junior Jack Plane 1 3 4 cutter 11 1 2 Long Orig Box
Stanley No 5 1 4 Junior Jack Plane 1 3 4 cutter 11 1 2 Long Orig Box $49.99
Time Remaining: 2d 5h 32m
Stanley 3 Lever Cap 1 3 4 Wide x 5 1 4 long Stanley On Front
Stanley  3 Lever Cap 1 3 4 Wide x 5 1 4 long Stanley On Front $15.99
Time Remaining: 2d 7h 46m
Stanley 5 1 4 Black Pebbled Lever Cap Fits No5 1 4 No3 Also 4 Square
Stanley 5 1 4 Black Pebbled Lever Cap Fits No5 1 4 No3 Also 4 Square $9.99
Time Remaining: 2d 7h 48m
Early Stanley No 5 1 4 Jack Plane 1921 1924 Type 12
Early Stanley No 5 1 4 Jack Plane 1921 1924 Type 12 $65.00
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 55m
Vintage Stanley Bailey no 5 1 4 Plane As Found Un cleaned Original Plane
Vintage Stanley Bailey no 5 1 4 Plane As Found Un cleaned Original Plane $13.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 20h 1m


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.