Yesterday was an expensive day for me…somewhat. I picked up what was advertised as a Diamond Edge plane, but I believe to actually be a Type 11 Stanley #4. It has the Diamond Edge tote and blade, but also shows Stanley patent dates and says Bailey on the toe. The Diamond Edge on the tote doesn’t quite match up with what the date of the plane looks to be, so it’s probably a bit of a frankenplane. No worries for me though. I want a user plane, so the tote won’t matter to much.
I also picked up a couple of vintage Lufkin folding rules. One was 12” and the other was 24”. I think they’re pretty cool, and since I spent less than $10 on each of them, I wouldn’t be out that much. Besides, Christopher Schwarz covered how to restore them in The Anarchist’s Tool Chest, so I already know what to do with them. :)
Did I necessarily need any of these? Not so much. I mean, I had a couple #4’s that just needed some replacement parts, but I like having planes, and this one looks to be complete. I’ll find parts for the other two and give one to my son. He’s already got a #5 I gave him, and a jointer plane of almost any description would be almost as big as he is (he’s 10).
Oh how I love buying old tools. There has to be a 12 step somewhere for this!
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!