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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. 5-1/2 Jack Plane


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Manufactured: 1898 to 1958
Length: 15 inches
Blade Width: 2-3/8 inches
Construction: Cast iron, rosewood handle & knob
Finish: Japanned
Features: Extra wide
Uses: General purpose bench plane
Average Dealer Price: $50 to $150
Average eBay Price: $25 to $80

Other Notes: Sweetheart versions (1920-1935) often reach higher prices, but not always


Updated: 15th February, 2006

Stanley No. 5-1/2 Jack Planes on eBay right now...

STANLEY 21 398 5 1 2 SURFORM POCKET FINE CUT REPLACEMENT BLADE
STANLEY 21 398 5 1 2 SURFORM POCKET FINE CUT REPLACEMENT BLADE $3.14
Time Remaining: 8h 52m
Buy It Now for only: $3.14
Stanley 21 399 Surform One Handed Spleen Cutting Pocket Plane 5 1 2 x 1 5 8
Stanley 21 399 Surform One Handed Spleen Cutting Pocket Plane 5 1 2 x 1 5 8 $9.96
Time Remaining: 11h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $9.96
Old Stanley Bailey Wood Block Plane No 5 1 2
Old Stanley Bailey Wood Block Plane No 5 1 2 $89.00
Time Remaining: 11h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $89.00
Vintage Stanley Bailey No 5 1 2 C Pated Dates On Blade And Lever Cap
Vintage Stanley Bailey No 5 1 2 C Pated Dates On Blade And Lever Cap $62.84 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 13h 39m
Stanley Bailey No 5 1 2 PLANE Pat 10 15 SweetHeart Blade Smooth Bottom
Stanley Bailey No 5 1 2 PLANE Pat 10 15 SweetHeart Blade Smooth Bottom $39.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 15h 49m
Stanley No 5 1 2 C Corrugated Plane
Stanley No 5 1 2 C Corrugated Plane $129.95
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $129.95
Vintage tool Stanley 5 1 2 jack plane good condition 3 patent dates
Vintage tool Stanley 5 1 2 jack plane good condition 3 patent dates $69.99
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 1m
Vintage Stanley 103 Block Wood Plane 5 1 2 Original Woodworking
Vintage Stanley 103 Block Wood Plane 5 1 2 Original Woodworking $15.00
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 4m
Vintage Stanley Bailey No 5 1 2 Corrugated Bottom Plane Apr 1910 Pat Nice NR
Vintage Stanley Bailey No 5 1 2 Corrugated Bottom Plane Apr 1910 Pat Nice NR $29.99
Time Remaining: 2d 3h 35m
Stanley 21 399 Surform One Handed Spleen Cutting Pocket Plane 5 1 2 x 1 5 8
Stanley 21 399 Surform One Handed Spleen Cutting Pocket Plane 5 1 2 x 1 5 8 $9.50
Time Remaining: 2d 5h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $9.50


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.