Went to the flea market this morning. I walked by this a few times before picking it up to have a closer look. As I was trying to figure out the make, the seller says to me: “It’s a Stanley 14”. It’ll clean up nice. $10.00 if you want it.” Sure looks longer than 14” to me and I cannot see any markings to tell me more, but $10.00 seems too good. I say: “10?” He says: “Yeah, $10.00 and it’s yours.” So, I bought it.
The first couple of pics are how it looked when I bought it. The last few are after I cleaned it, got the surface rust off, and sharpened the blade. As I cleaned it, I got the strong feeling it had been tuned up and used a lot. I tried it out on a pine 2×6 (see pic). It’s only pine, but it cut fine shavings like it was going through butter.
Only 2 markings on it: NO 8 at the front (pic didn’t turn out too well so I didn’t post it) and the markings on the blade (see pic).
Any ideas of what I have here?
I now own 6 planes. All from flea markets or ebay and I have cleaned/restored each one. I am not sure what I’ll use this one for. I don’t own a thickness planer and I assume this hand plane is for that type of work. What was/is
the primary use of a NO 8 hand plane?