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Craftsman "Alien Planer" Video, 103.1801

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 06-01-2015 05:34 AM 1960 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picked up a piece of vintage iron over the weekend and wanted to add a video of it in operation. It’s a Craftsman 103.1801 6”x2” Thickness Planer.

From what I’ve been able to learn on the interwebz, the blue color is original and pre-dates Sears’ affiliation with King-Seeley as a manufacturer of their stationary tools. That’s puts this tool in the late ‘30s / early ‘40s, made by Central Specialties because of the 103 model number, but the dates are speculation.

Anyway, the video starts with the sound of the shop vac running as a very simple (yet quite effective) chip collector rig. There’s no auto feed, material is pushed through. There are anti-kickback ‘hinges’ in place that keep materials from becoming projectiles. It’s not a good thing to put fingers in harm’s way, so you have to pay attention using this machine.


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Love the planer. Much quieter than my lunchbox type, and just right for smaller stock. Ran it about an hour last night, it’s a keeper. As always, thanks for looking.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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#1 posted 06-01-2015 05:52 AM

Sweet Planer, congrats on your new gear.

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#2 posted 06-01-2015 05:56 AM

Thanks, Pat!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 06-01-2015 11:30 AM

Ooooh! Nice Smitty! :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#4 posted 06-01-2015 01:51 PM

Nice Smitty. All that vintage cast iron goodness makes for a unique planer. Quieter than the shop vac for a bench top planer is nice too.

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#5 posted 06-01-2015 02:07 PM

That looks super cool Smitty!

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#6 posted 06-01-2015 02:07 PM

Its cool that you are finding these vintage machines! Did you have sharped the blades?
It kinda looks like my wife’s Kitchen Aid mixer!! ;-)

-- I'm Chuck and I wood not chuck wood cause I keep finding uses for it!

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#7 posted 06-01-2015 02:27 PM

That is pretty quite. Sweet new planer Smitty!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#8 posted 06-01-2015 02:55 PM

Cool! So with no rollers does that mean there is no snipe?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 06-01-2015 03:02 PM

Very cool. Glad you are enjoying your new toy.

I’m also interested in the answer to Mauricio’s snipe question.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#10 posted 06-01-2015 03:38 PM

I’ve sniped boards on either end, truth be told. But I believe technique can minimize it, essentially eliminate it. You’ll see in the vid the placement of my left hand on the infeed side; keeping the board flat on the table is key to losing snipe there. And on the outfeed, my right hand is place ‘palm down’ on the stuff to keep the board on the table. Do that, no snipe. The head doesn’t move, the table doesn’t move. The only variable is the material being planed; use it as a lever and the cutterhead can dish out with the best of them.

Long stock (4’ or more?) might be challenging to keep stable, but I haven’t tried any of that yet.

Blades are sharp. Actually cut my hand adjusting the anti-kickback flaps. Seller did include a new set of cutters with the deal, NOS, still in package.

EDIT: And it does look a lot like a Kitchen Aide!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 06-01-2015 03:45 PM

That looks like a super little machine Smitty. I avoid snipe on my planer by raising the end of the board on the outfeed side a little as the other end is being planed. That works very well for me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 06-01-2015 06:06 PM

Wouldn’t ya know it, one of these just showed up on the local craigslist over the weekend too…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#13 posted 06-02-2015 03:56 AM

I think you need to check it out!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#14 posted 06-02-2015 04:27 AM

Too many things I lack at the moment. Like space, and money to spend lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#15 posted 06-03-2015 12:47 AM

Really cool, I was also thinking kitchen mixer at first, but then realized what it was.
Love it, it’s a real conversation machine.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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