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Blog entry by MOJOE posted 02-22-2011 12:43 AM 1082 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently acquired the plane shown below. I’m pretty sure it’s a No. 4, as it is about 9 inches long. Here are the facts:
- body is blue
- frog and chipbreaker are yellow
- “made in usa” on body between mouth and front knob
- “U” stamped into backside of cap iron
Any ideas who made this plane, or when it was manufactured?
Thanks,
joe

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!



14 comments so far

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lilredweldingrod

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#1 posted 02-22-2011 01:17 AM

Nice plane. But alas, no help on the name.

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David Craig

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#2 posted 02-22-2011 01:44 AM

I think you have a plane that is put together from parts from other planes. I would guess the body is a Stanley Bailey. The cap iron a replacement from a more generic plane. I don’t believe the body was originally blue or the chipbreaker yellow. My guess is that it was painted by someone who was a fan of a sport team. Record planes had blue bodies but were made in England. I could see the frog possibly being painted in manufacture but not the chipbreaker, which is why I believe it was hand painted.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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davidroberts

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#3 posted 02-22-2011 01:52 AM

I agree with David Craig – it’s probably a Frankinplane. Hey if it works good, then all the better.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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Ole

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#4 posted 02-22-2011 01:52 AM

After 1961 Stanley planes had blue bodies…

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David Craig

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#5 posted 02-22-2011 02:03 AM

You are correct Ole, forgot about the Handyman series. Funny since I fixed up a couple. It does look like a body from that line. I don’t believe the cap iron is original. I still stand by the yellow being an add on. If the frog does not have an adjustment screw on the back, then it is probably a handyman. Blade, if original, would have that moniker on it as well. Since the handles are not plastic, it would put the body in the 60s era.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Dave

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#6 posted 02-22-2011 02:37 AM

Hey we will wait till a full moon and see if it changes. It could be a wareplane. Jk;). Its a new on to me.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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MOJOE

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#7 posted 02-22-2011 05:12 AM

Thanks guys…..frankenplane works for me….put in about 20 minutes lapping the sole and sides a little, also worked on the iron a tiny bit….already starting to cut long curly shavings….still a little thick though.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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bigike

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#8 posted 02-22-2011 05:23 AM

looks like a stanley two tone.

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swirt

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#9 posted 02-22-2011 05:25 AM

The blue is reminiscent of the Stanley Handyman line, but the tote is not the right shape or pattern. Also as David said, the cap is not right for that. Handyman frogs were typically red.

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canadianchips

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#10 posted 02-22-2011 03:11 PM

I vote for stanley two tone, (Built 1941-1943) Maybe you have markings on the top of the iron saying two tone !

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David Craig

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#11 posted 02-22-2011 03:44 PM

Great call canadianchips. Here is a link to a page that shows that model.. I have never heard of this model before. The color is right, and the cap iron is correct. Not a frankenplane after all :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Bertha

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#12 posted 02-22-2011 04:01 PM

Looks like a Handyman No. 4 to me.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dennisgrosen

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#13 posted 02-23-2011 01:12 AM

great a two tone it is , for a moment I thought we had a spooky plane
that wuold hunt us in our dreams :-O

take care
Dennis

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MOJOE

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#14 posted 02-23-2011 01:56 AM

OUTSTANDING GUYS!!!! I knew I could count on you…..thanks for all your help!!! Now, on with the restoration!!!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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