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I am just now starting to acquire the tools necessary to do some woodworking, but the money is very tight right now; so I’ve started looking some local flea markets. I was recently one of the largest local flea markets and there was a vendor that had several old planes. And I have some questions about looking at vintage woodworking equipment.

First let’s start with the wooden planes. There were two wooden ones that looked like they had seen better days. From what I remember both had several cracks in the main block. I think these would be almost worthless except that the wooden frogs looked like they were still in good shape and could be used in another block. What would be your thoughts on this? Is a cracked wooden plane useless or is there a good way to mend it?

The same vendor also had several old metal planes that were just labeled with Stanley and their price.


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