I had some time to kill last Saturday and was close to a flea market so I stopped and checked it out to see what was there in the way of tools. Generally there wasn’t much there, but after trudging through much of it I found a vendor with a few planes. Most of them looked like junk, but this one stood out. The guy wanted $42.50, but after watching me pick it up and put it back down about 10 times told me he’d sell it for $35.00.
So I bought it. Now what I know about planes could fill half a thimble but it looked like it was in really good shape. The japanning is about 80% intact and the adjustment knob works great. The cutter is in fair shape and the sole looks ok too. The only knock on it is that the bottom mounting screw on the tote looks like a replacement as it is galvanized. After googling it, it appears that it was made between 1910 and 1918 which really surprised me. Anyhow, I was wondering what some of you “plane gurus” thought of my purchase. I guess I really just need to know if I need to restore it and use it or just put it on the mantle piece and look at it?
-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC