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06-05-2013 04:01 PM

Plane Deal Alert - 16 replies

Am I missing something? Apart from the broken handles, this looks to me like an excellent deal on some fixer-uppers. The only reason I’m not bidding is that I’m pretty full on the project list right now. Still, if nobody bids, I’m gonna jump in.

06-04-2013 12:41 PM

Craigslist Gem of the Day - 19 replies

Anybody need a compressor upgrade? You might need to sell a kidney to afford it, though.

05-24-2013 02:22 PM

How NOT to Sell Your Stuff - 37 replies

I realize this is an expensive lathe, but how can you ask $4K for something that looks this bad in your photo??!!

04-15-2013 04:28 PM

The Outrage of Saggy Pants - 60 replies

Okay folks, this is totally non-woodworking, but it’s something that’s been on my local news lately, and I’m interested in other people’s thoughts on this issue. We’re probably all familiar by now with the sagging pants fashion statement, right? You know… where the guy’s shorts are barely clinging to ...

02-28-2013 02:29 PM

Oldies Reunion - 22 replies

Okay, I’ve said it before…. I love the oldies. I scooped up this pre-lateral #4, Type 4 because it looked to be in very nice shape under the rust. Made sometime between 1874 and 1884, this 130-year-old plane is living proof of the phrase “they don’t make ‘em like they used to.” It never fails to amaze me ho...

02-21-2013 02:07 PM

What is this plane? - 37 replies

This listing caught my eye, and I thought I’d throw it out here for discussion. Advertised as a #4, it is clearly marked No. 10 on the base. I thought a Stanley #10 was a rabbet plane, with the cutout sides for a full-width iron. The photo with the top view, judging from the shadows and light, seems to show the cutouts. But the side vie...

02-04-2013 02:55 PM

Humorous eBay Listing of the Day - 57 replies

I got a kick out of this one. And the guy has a 100% positive feedback rating!

01-27-2013 02:28 PM

Speaking of Photography - 85 replies

I saw one of our photography threads got bumped up to the top this morning, so maybe it’s time to start a new one. I took some shots of an orchid plant someone gave my wife, and turned it into one of my original-music-and-photo videos. Here’s the link: And a sample:

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 - 17 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...

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