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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 2470 days ago 602 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday, my sister-in-law went on our first “Off-road” trip (that’s short for “go to a small town that is located off the beaten path)...

Amongst our many stops was a visit to an antique store. As I checked out all of the amazing things I kept my eye open for woodworking tools so I could share in the ongoing “look what I found” discussions.

What did I see? Planes – old, old planes, some not-so-old planes. How do I know the age? Ah.. well.. there was really old looking, grey wood on a couple of them and then others looked all shiny. hahaha I’m an expert now, don’t you think???

The old-old planes, big chunky block thingies, were $18. The newer ones, were $20- $40.

So… I looked .. had no idea what I was looking at or looking for.. but I looked :)

Maybe next trip, I’ll check out the planes more closely and maybe even take a picture or two.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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mot

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#1 posted 2470 days ago

No pictures, didn’t happen. Nice try. Better luck next time. :)

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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WayneC

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#2 posted 2470 days ago

The grey wood can be brought back by soaking the plane in Boiled Linseed Oil. What you are looking for on them is that they are complete (have a wedge and blade), are free of major cracks, and their mouth (where the blade comes out) is close to the blade.

: ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2470 days ago

I knew you’d say that Tom :)

Wayne, when I picked up the block, I “ouched” as my finger touched the blade. I have no idea re: the rest of the requirements :)

but I’ll take these notes with me next time so I can get the right PICTURES

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Paul

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#4 posted 2470 days ago

There’s so many variables. Actually, there are metal planes that are older than “old-old big chunky block thingies.” I’ve studied and examined old tools before purchase to discover something pretty major later that I missed. (O darn, under the rust, this plane was broken and brazed back together! No wonder it was so cheap!) Take notes and follow all the great advise you’re getting here from Wayne and others. Get a good book on finding and restoring old tools, but resign yourself to the fact that a few purchasing “mistakes” will be part of your education.

-- Paul, Texas

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 2470 days ago

and once I start I’ll be addicted :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Paul

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#6 posted 2470 days ago

That’s right! It’s a virulent infection. But, there is a treatment.

When the collecting gets a little too important, pick your very best/favorite piece and give it away.

-- Paul, Texas

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