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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...

4 Stanley 21 399 Surform One Handed Spleen Cutting Pocket Plane 5 1 2 x 1 5 8
4 Stanley 21 399 Surform One Handed Spleen Cutting Pocket Plane 5 1 2 x 1 5 8 $10.00
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stanley bailey no 5 1 2 C
stanley bailey no 5 1 2 C $31.00 (3 Bids)
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Stanley Surform 5 1 2 Pocket Plane with 2 Packs Of New Blades
Stanley Surform 5 1 2 Pocket Plane with 2 Packs Of New Blades $28.99
Time Remaining: 3h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $28.99
Vintage Stanley No 5 1 2 Wood Plane
Vintage Stanley No 5 1 2 Wood Plane $39.95
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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
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Buy It Now for only: $95.00
Stanley 21 399 Surform one handed spleen cutting pocket plane 5 1 2
Stanley 21 399 Surform one handed spleen cutting pocket plane 5 1 2 $0.99
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VINTAGE STANLEY BAILEY CANADA No5 1 2 JACK PLANE WOODWORK HAND PLANE
VINTAGE STANLEY BAILEY CANADA No5 1 2 JACK PLANE WOODWORK HAND PLANE $37.08 (6 Bids)
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Stanley Jack Plane 14 1 2 Bailey No 5 1 2
Stanley Jack Plane 14 1 2 Bailey No 5 1 2 $59.00
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Stanley 21 399 5 1 2 Pocket Plane New
Stanley 21 399 5 1 2 Pocket Plane New $11.99
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $11.99
Vintage Stanley Bailey No 5 1 2 Corrugated Jack Plane Patented Dates
Vintage Stanley Bailey No 5 1 2 Corrugated Jack Plane Patented Dates $46.47 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 4h 37m


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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