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Stevesstuff17

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Hey all, new to the forum. Been collecting, restoring, and reselling various vintage and antiques for years, but just jumped head first into antique tools about 2 years ago. I fell in love instantly, and tools have become my main focus. I've done a few head to toe Stanley plane restorations on a couple No 4's, and a No 10 Carriage makers rabbet plane. I don't discriminate though! I've had a bunch of Starrett stuff, Miller's Falls, and a Gerstner tool chest come across my workbench. I'm glad there are so many resources out there such as this forum for a relative newbie to get their bearings.

Anyways, I nabbed a few items from a guy on craigslist emptying his pop's basement workshop for dirt cheap. I excitedly latched onto a Stanley No 5C and a few other fun pieces that looked to be in good shape at first glance. It wasn't till I got home that I noticed that there was some super tiny pitting on the sole around the corrugations. Strangely, no rust on the piece whatsoever. The owner had drilled a hang hole right through the sole to hang it up on pegboard, unfortunately. This No 5 probably has little to no value to a collector. But if that pitting isn't damning, then maybe it would be a good worker for someone.

Is the sole on this pretty much shot? This No 5 has the slightly rare orange frog, so I could just clean and sell the parts I suppose. Or it just might end up becoming another pretty shelf piece. What do you guys think?

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Nice Type 15, its's actually in very good condition. Someone must have cared for it over time. It's too bad about the hang hole. Your right it will kill the collector value. The pits that your referring too appear to be casting flaws to me. They don't appear to be of any corrosive or oxidation action. A little lapping of the sole to make sure there are no issues and a quick test run should confirm performance. A type 15 is the high point of Stanley plane design in my opinion. It will  make a fine user, or someone may grab it to upgrade some components on their collection.
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Yep. I agree 100%
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Stevesstuff17

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Oh awesome! At the price I paid I knew I couldn't go wrong either way. Thanks for giving me the type, too. Saves me the extra book work haha. I'll lap and clean her up and post a pic once we're done! :)
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