Possible Stanley No 1 find and question
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Came across an ad for old woodworking tools.  Stopped by and looked at them and found what looks to be a Stanley No 1.  I'm not positive it's an actual No 1 or a reproduction/fake but it appears to be the real deal:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmp26SrU

The tote has a clean break in it that will need to be repaired and the plane has quite a bit of rust on it.  How should I approach cleaning this up?  Not looking to repaint it or anything, just give it a good cleaning and then determine if I'll keep it or give it a new home.
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  Re: Possible Stanley No 1 find and question by greatscott (Came across an ad fo...)
(10-11-2018, 12:35 PM)greatscott Wrote: Came across an ad for old woodworking tools.  Stopped by and looked at them and found what looks to be a Stanley No 1.  I'm not positive it's an actual No 1 or a reproduction/fake but it appears to be the real deal:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmp26SrU

The tote has a clean break in it that will need to be repaired and the plane has quite a bit of rust on it.  How should I approach cleaning this up?  Not looking to repaint it or anything, just give it a good cleaning and then determine if I'll keep it or give it a new home.

The easiest way to tell a fake #1 from a real #1 is the adjuster rod, i.e. the threaded rod that the depth adjuster screws onto. On a real one it is dead parallel to the sole of the plane but on the fakes it is usually slightly tilted. Hard to tell this from pictures, of course, but yours looks pretty much parallel to me.
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  Re: RE: Possible Stanley No 1 find and question by ZachDillinger ([quote='greatscott' ...)
(10-11-2018, 01:01 PM)ZachDillinger Wrote: The easiest way to tell a fake #1 from a real #1 is the adjuster rod, i.e. the threaded rod that the depth adjuster screws onto. On a real one it is dead parallel to the sole of the plane but on the fakes it is usually slightly tilted. Hard to tell this from pictures, of course, but yours looks pretty much parallel to me.

It's definitely not tilting up and appears to be parallel to the sole.  Also the threaded ends are curved instead of flat, which is another indicator?
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  Re: Possible Stanley No 1 find and question by greatscott (Came across an ad fo...)
It's the real deal.
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  Re: RE: Possible Stanley No 1 find and question by med-one (It's the real deal....)
(10-11-2018, 05:16 PM)med-one Wrote: It's the real deal.

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  Re: Possible Stanley No 1 find and question by greatscott (Came across an ad fo...)
How much do they want for it?
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  Re: RE: Possible Stanley No 1 find and question by Arlin Eastman (How much do they wan...)
(10-12-2018, 02:41 PM)Arlin Eastman Wrote: How much do they want for it?

Based on my experience, I would recommend that you buy that plane only if it is available for less than a few hundred dollars.  Given the condition it is in, it won't bring the $1000-1200 that the ones in great condition can command.  The reason I say this is that I found that once I had a #1, I couldn't get the thought out of my head that I could use that same money to buy useful, quality hand planes.  So, that is exactly what I did....sold it for a nice profit,  The other thing I learned is that replacing damaged parts for #1's is prohibitively expensive.  Mine needed a better lever cap (corner broken off) , and I remember that cap being about $300 alone.
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  Re: Possible Stanley No 1 find and question by greatscott (Came across an ad fo...)
Good point, Mike. In some cases, if you're just after the resale value, a tool like that can bring in more money if you sell the parts individually.
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  Re: RE: Possible Stanley No 1 find and question by Mike Brady ([quote='Arlin Eastma...)
(10-12-2018, 06:38 PM)Mike Brady Wrote: Based on my experience, I would recommend that you buy that plane only if it is available for less than a few hundred dollars.  Given the condition it is in, it won't bring the $1000-1200 that the ones in great condition can command.  The reason I say this is that I found that once I had a #1, I couldn't get the thought out of my head that I could use that same money to buy useful, quality hand planes.  So, that is exactly what I did....sold it for a nice profit,  The other thing I learned is that replacing damaged parts for #1's is prohibitively expensive.  Mine needed a better lever cap (corner broken off) , and I remember that cap being about $300 alone.

Yeah, with the size of it, I can see how I would use this much, if any.  I'll clean it up and make the decision to keep it or sell it.  It's funny because I met a woodworker a few weeks ago and we were chatting about completing the Stanley 1-8 set (all I needed was the 1 and he needed the 1 and 2).  I never thought I would ever find a No 1 but low and behold....)
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  Re: Possible Stanley No 1 find and question by greatscott (Came across an ad fo...)
I have all but the #1 on my type 13 set. If I do the cheap barn find, that would be super. But I'm not paying new car price to get one. Smile
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