Hand Tools #1: My New/Old 32" Jointer Plane

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Blog entry by MikeInPenetanguishene posted 10-17-2010 05:25 AM 3081 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Picked up this 32” Jointer Plane at an antique store sale today. Looks in great shape, 2.5” iron is a bit nicked but was quite sharp. No marking on the plane itself, but has “Spear & Jackson” stamped on the iron. Looks original to the plane. I’m hoping I’ll be able to use it after a little tune up.

Can anyone tell me anything more about this style of plane? There’s a little wooden ‘button’ or something on the top near the front? Could this be a plug or something where a knob may have been attached?

Here it is along side my Veritas LA BU Jack for comparison:

-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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#1 posted 10-17-2010 06:25 AM

I don’t know that much about old planes Mike but I have to agree that that might be for a knob. Wouldn’t a plane that long need some pressure up front? Though it does look like it’s TOO forward. Hmmm, I’ll be curious to hear what other jocks have to say. Either way she’s a beaut and nice addition to your tools I’m sure.

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#2 posted 10-17-2010 09:54 AM


The knob on the front is to loose the plane blade.
They mostly where used in wooden shipbuilding.
I have one my self.
Here some history about it. It’s only in dutch.

They where used for making the rough cuts. It’s a big bock plane.
After that you use a jointerplane.

Good luck


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#3 posted 10-17-2010 10:16 AM

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 07:27 PM

I have one that is almost the exact same thing as your big plane, and with the same little “button” on it.

I have been planning on tuning it up but I am just learning to sharpen. Look forward to more on how yours comes out!

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 07:48 PM

That’s a great old jointer.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 10-18-2010 05:54 AM

Thanks for the info Houtje.. unfortunately, I can’t read Dutch. It certainly is a big plane though!

I’m still learning to sharpen too Jim. Did pretty good job on my BU Jack so feel confident about tuning up this one. I don’t have a grinder though, so I may purchase a rougher water stone to take out the nicks. it may take me a while (I’m looking at moving my studio and pretty busy with work this month) but as I work on it I’ll post it here.

-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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#7 posted 10-18-2010 08:25 AM

Try to use google translate.
I use it to when I don’t understand it.


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