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Blog entry by PlaneTuna posted 08-23-2014 05:29 PM 908 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got an old-looking #3 bench plane at a garage sale. The only markings on it are Solar (hard-to-read script) and the top side of the sole has “DRPa.” and “Germany”. Does anyone know what it is, where it comes from?? and is it worth restoring??
I’ll try to include a photo when I figure out how to do that.

Thanks!

-- Chuck



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patron

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#1 posted 08-23-2014 05:46 PM

only have a block plane myself
so can’t advise

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#2 posted 08-23-2014 07:42 PM

Yeah, I got two of ‘em, one in a showcase, the other in my ‘plane hospital’.

These are just more weird imports, probably related to postwar rebuilding efforts. And to think that all US-built cars are now banned from importing into Germany, so I’ve heard.

Worth restoring? If mine were passed down from my grandfather to me, I’d restore… if you want to de-rust the sole, cutter and chip-breaker, yeah, I’d try to make a user out of it. I like the funky Euro-planes, and it would be a fun conversation piece. Wouldn’t invest any money in it, though. It’s an orphan.

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PlaneTuna

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#3 posted 08-24-2014 01:13 PM

That’s it! Add some paint on the sole and a bit more wear. Thanks.
Any info out there on adjusting, etc. It is a bit weird.

-- Chuck

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PlaneTuna

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#4 posted 08-24-2014 01:15 PM

Patron—Thanks for the advice on how to post a picture. Guess I need to look into how to get around in this site. Been looking at it from time to time. Glad I finally jumped in.

-- Chuck

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poopiekat

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#5 posted 08-24-2014 03:23 PM

@Tuna: Glad to help. I tend to not bother with planes with complicated mechanisms, like these, the Stanley-Gages and Sargent Auto-sets. I just don’t see any advantage in the design. Heck, I wouldn’t even own the plane in the image above if it weren’t for the fact that my first DRP needed so many parts. This one came complete and basically ready to go. It resides in my “Planes I’ll Never Use” glass showcase.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#6 posted 08-24-2014 04:31 PM

Solar did put out a more normal plane as well
http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/blog/24099

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PlaneTuna

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#7 posted 08-24-2014 06:31 PM

Don W— Yes. I did see a picture of one that looked a lot like a Stanley Bailey. I have two #4 Stanleys, and I like them a lot. My jack planes are off brands (one is not marked at all), And the #7 jointer is Craftsman.

-- Chuck

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