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11-25-2012 01:21 AM

Bedrock 603 - Flawed Beauty - 12 replies

I picked up this rusty 603 because I sensed there was not much wrong with it (apart from the obvious…. do you see it?) This is a Type 3, which dates it between 1900 and 1908. A couple of hours work really showed this beauty to be in excellent shape for the most part. The thing that struck me most about it was the condition of the kn...

11-20-2012 07:09 PM

Calling All You Just Plain Plane Geniuses - 14 replies

Anybody know anything of interest about these planes or this manufacturer? All I know is that it was a Dutch company that made both ice skates and tools. They started in business in the late 1860’s, and operated in one form or another until the early 1990’s. The box looks very old, but the plane is in basically unused condition...

10-30-2012 03:13 PM

A Nice Little Lathe on CL - 12 replies

Any of you guys who like to dally in metalwork looking for an upgrade? I was thinking of Purplev in particular. He might have to rearrange his shop again, though.

10-05-2012 07:05 PM

Sargent Plane Parts - 11 replies

I recently acquired this Sargent 407 (equivalent to a #2 Stanley). It’s in decent shape, but came with the wrong size lever cap. The guy who was selling it on eBay was very upfront about it, so no complaints there. However, I didn’t realize that the oversize cap, while it fits in width, is actually too long, so it extends into th...

09-15-2012 09:30 PM

eBay Bargain Gloat - 25 replies

From what I’ve read, these are fairly hard to find in undamaged condition. When I was browsing new listings on eBay the other day, this had just been posted with a buy-it-now price of $15. It looked like the only thing wrong with it was a bit of surface rust, so I jumped on it. Sure enough, it cleaned up like a champ. The japanning ...

09-01-2012 03:41 PM

Remembering September 11th - 34 replies

As the anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks rolls around again, I began thinking about it the other day. For most of us in the United States, it was an event that changed our lives in many ways, both in physical terms (air travel security, etc.), and in the way we think about our own safety and security within our borders...

08-28-2012 11:56 PM

Hello Isaac - 68 replies

Well, guys, here’s a report from the front….. Isaac is moving over the southern tip of Louisiana right now. I’m about 50 miles north in the New Orleans suburbs, and winds are steady at about 45mph now, getting stronger all the time. The lights have blinked twice, so I may not be around for a while. Once power goes out, it...

08-14-2012 05:05 PM

Update, With a Question - Hanging Holes.... What's the Tragedy? - 48 replies

I posted this the other day, and now I have a question for you Stanley plane-typing gurus: I pegged this as a type 6 initially. The frog receiver, and the construction of the lateral adjustment lever definitely match with a type 6, and not a type 5. However, all the dating sources I usually refer to state that the threading of the adjustment ...

08-08-2012 02:54 AM

The Centenarians - 23 replies

I have a confession to make. When it come to old planes, I’m dangerously close to becoming a <gasp> collector. There. I said it. Having gotten that off my chest, let me elaborate. I just find it really rewarding to shine up an old plane and feel the weight of all that history in my hands. The beauties in the next few photos are all r...

08-06-2012 01:07 PM

Old Tool Deal Alert - 12 replies

On my regular morning eBay search, I ran across this buy-it-now listing: For less than $90 including shipping it seems like a pretty good deal. I was tempted myself…..

07-19-2012 06:36 PM

Original Music/Photo Video - 28 replies

For those of you who may have noticed I haven’t been around here as much lately, I’ve been taking a bit of a summer heat break from my non-air-conditioned shop. I’ve recently been setting up a little home recording studio so I can add original music to my low-blood-pressure photo essays. This is my first effort with it. The ...

06-09-2012 07:42 PM

Interesting Plane - 23 replies

I mentioned the other day in another discussion that I was awaiting the arrival of a Vaughn & Bushnell #904 I picked up on eBay. It caught my eye because it looked a lot like a 604 Bedrock. I did some research, and all I was able to find out about these planes is that they were made between 1923 and 1940, and were intended to be direct c...

06-04-2012 05:35 PM

Butterflies at the Audubon Insectarium - 12 replies

Time for another photo thread….. or should I say another video.

06-02-2012 09:12 PM

Silly Plane Rehab of the Day - 16 replies

Okay, so I saw this eBay listing about to expire, and no one had ponied up the 99 cent opening bid yet. It was pretty rusty, and I knew it was a P.O.S. plane, what with the plastic handles and all, but I was strangely attracted to the retro-looking plastic pistol grip. Once I got the surface rust and grime off, it turned out to be in pristine...

05-27-2012 01:49 PM

Millers Falls Plane Collection, Anyone? - 45 replies

The price seems pretty outrageous, but it is quite an impressive collection.

05-17-2012 02:47 AM

A Square Deal? - 46 replies

I got an email from Woodcraft tonight. I’m sure it’s a great square, but $169 on sale? I’m sure someone is going to tell me it’s worth it, so let’s hear it. Convince me. :-)

05-14-2012 01:29 PM

Stanley #7 Deal Alert - 12 replies

If anyone out there this morning is looking for a #7, this one looks pretty decent for a current bid of $27+.

04-18-2012 11:53 PM

Bedrock 607 - Restoration Complete - 39 replies

As I expected, this one cleaned up pretty well. Last photo is the “before”. I’d really hate to sell it, but I do wonder what it’s worth.

04-17-2012 12:20 AM

Next Project - Bedrock 607 - 15 replies

I’m kinda excited about this one. I picked it up newly listed on eBay for $85 + shipping. That’s more than I usually pay for an old plane, but everything I’ve read suggests Bedrock 607 jointers of this era are valuable both as users and as collectors items. According to Bob Kaune's Bedrock type study, this would appear to be a ...

04-11-2012 02:24 AM

Question for the old plane experts - 6 replies

I picked up an old junker cheap on eBay, just because it intrigued me and looked like it might be pretty old. I checked it against a couple of different type study websites, and it checks out as a Type 6 in every respect. My question is this: Both sites show that Type 6 planes were manufactured between from 1888-1892. They also show that...

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