So, here I sit. I’ve got my Stanley #4 sitting in a nice warm bath of citric acid, getting rid of all the rust. This is the one that I purchased with a Stanley #919 10” bit brace for a whopping $1.25. I wanted the brace, for a stupid reason really (The H.O. Studley tool chest had one…how’s that for stupid reasons?). However, when I purchased these two, I saw the diamonds in the rough. No one else on eBay really cared about the brace, and the plane looked horrible. I took a shot, figuring I could practice cleaning up on the beater plane, then get me something nicer. Instead, I got a nice surprise. The sole of the plane was good and flat. It’s a 60-70 year old plane, and it was still flat.
After that initial purchase, I snagged several odds and ends, but everything has fallen primarily into one of three categories (if not more than one…more on that in a bit). Two of these are no real surprise. Stanley tools and Disston saws wont’ shock to many people who follow old tools. They’re solid tools that really seemed to last. Besides, they were so popular, some were bound to survive just because of the law of large numbers! The last though, is the surprise. Shapleigh’s Hardware. One of my saws has an engraving from Novell Shapleigh’s Hardware Co. This name stopped being used in 1912. I also have a Diamond Edge DE7 Jointer plane. Diamond Edge was Shapleigh’s house brand, and this particular model looks to have been made by Stanley. I’m not sure how old it is, but it appears to be pretty darn old, since the cap plate is of an older design than my #4.
When two different Shapleigh’s Hardware tools entered my house, I started looking for information. The saw looks a lot like a Harvey Peace P-26 saw, after Disston bought them out. Disston issued the P-26 saw with various store’s logos on the blade etching, so this actually fits. However, I’m not entirely sure of much of anything.
The only thing I am sure of is that I have a deep interest in Shapleigh’s Hardware tools, to go along with my Stanley and Disston obsession. Perhaps it’s my innate desire to be different than most anyone else I know. Perhaps it’s just this strange fling of the moment. Who knows. All I know is that I pray I win the auction on the Diamond Edge adjustable throat low angle block plane!
Wish me luck! :D
-- "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!