I wasen’t sure where to put this little stroke of luck so I decided to make a short little blog about it. Long story short I wanted to try my hand at planes. At first I felt like I totally wasted my money purchasing 2 cheap ones and was about ready to put them in file 13. Well after a little studying, and reading up on a bunch of material I discovered not only the usefulness of planes, but how much I have grown fond of them (I know its weird but for some reason they are becoming my favorite hand tool… weird)
Well, I want to add to my collection, but have to stay in a “Woodworker’s Budget”.... So I started keeping an eye on Ebay and Craigslist. Two days ago i seen an add on Craigslist that stated “Old Jointer Plane good condition $30”. So I replied and he sent me a picture of something I never seen before (of course that is saying very little seeing I know nothing about planes). Long story short i picked it up yesterday after doing a little research online with the bad cell phone image I had….. Lets just say i felt really bad for the guy and attempted to let him know what he had before we traded. He was confident these are very common and have very little value….. I said OK and went home with my new treasure….
What I stumbled across was in fact a plow plane made by Ohio Tool Company. It also has the number 97 stamped on the nose as well. I did more research and found this little jewel was built sometime between 1851 and 1913. I know it is at least pre 1913 due to the Columbus stamped below the “Ohio Too Co.” stamp. The Columbus factory was destroyed in 1913 and was moved to a NY factory the following year. I also found a web page with a catalog for Ohio Tool Co. that I was able to match the 97 stamped on it with a model number (it had a picture to describe the details). In that catalog the average price for block planes was from $.75 to $1.50….. This one brand new was $8.50. So right there and then I knew I stumbled onto something very cool.
I guess what makes this so awesome to me is I have combined two of my passions…. Woodworking and history.
This is a bad picture I snapped last night with my cell phone (better than the one I bought it off of lol).
Thanks for listening to me share my little ray of good fortune. I am overly tickled to death about this find. I plan on making a nice little display case for it in the future….
-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.