I am signed up for the 2013 Hand Plane Swap. Never have used a plane so I thought I should remedy that. Stopped at a few flea markets this afternoon… First one was closed, the second was a dry run and the third was, as they say, the charm. They had two booths with hand planes! The proprietor led me here:
and I immediately thought ‘Those are in too good of shape to be in my price range.’ I said as much just as her husband showed up with two more from “The Tool Man’s” booth. $8 and $5(prices rounded up)! Now we’re talking! We walked back to the front and I explained the Swap as I was admiring my soon to be new planes. I remembered that Half Ashed Plane blades were 1/4” thick and these I had in my hands were pretty thin (like 1/8”!). I asked, just for giggles, if they had any whet stones? She didn’t think so but we went back to the first booth (and those planes had thin blades as well) and here comes her hubby again with two more Tool Man planes! $17 and $5 this time! No whet stone however. With much difficulty I cooled my impulse to buy all four and took the two small ones. With tax they were still under $10! I figured even if I screwed them up they could be wall hangers!
One is a Stanley No. 220 (it had a tag designating the type of plane, didn’t notice till I got home that the store lady took it off. If anyone can tell me I’d be grateful.
and the other is “MADE IN USA”
My, probably flawed, reasoning for picking these two was that I could figure out how to get the blades out and the price was right. The other two were just too complicated, for now.
and this Craftsman
So I took my treasures home and showed them to my non-plane-user woodworking husband and he was happy for me. He did help me with the fine adjustment knob (I wondered what that was for) on the Stanley. I tried them out on a scrap of poplar… UGH! Swapped the poplar for a bigger hunk of pine and was still bad. I took the blade out of the Stanley and ran it over some 220 sandpaper on the table saw top, ala Scarey Sharp method, reassembled it and STARTED MAKING SHAVINGS!!!!! WOO HOO!! Switched to a bigger piece of pine with some gouges in it and planed it smoooooth, all the while listening to Patsy Cline and Eddie Arnold on the stereo! Try THAT with the belt or random orbital sander!
No hearing protection. No dust mask. Just beautiful music and shavings.
The MADE IN USA blade is in worse shape and needs more TLC.
I am officially hooked on planes. I have even used the Stanley on the miter bar (red oak) for the table saw sled I’m building (another post, soon). It worked like a dream! I am so pumped about this plane swap now! Can’t hardly wait to get started! BTW, it really took some effort to NOT take the new plane to a hunk of split firewood just to see what it’d do!
Thanks for reading. Comments and questions are welcome!
-- God bless, Candy