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Shop Tools #12: Hmmmm. What is it?

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 1041 days ago 1427 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: A new plane - 6/16/2008 Part 12 of Shop Tools series Part 13: My Latest Power Tool »

I bought this off of ebay this week. It was listed as a small plane, but it looks like a toy, model or perhaps some form of box. I would not see a purpose for the lid if it was a toy or model. I bought it because it was unusual.

It has a hinged lid. The blade and wedge appear to be decorative. The patina appears to be real indicating it is quite old. The horn has tool marks which to me indicate it was carved.

Here is a view inside. The hole appears hand cut with tool marks evident.

Sole – Look Ma, No mouth.
Toy plane?

Any guesses? Anyone seen one before?

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



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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#1 posted 1041 days ago

Interesting!

-- Dale, Ohio

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TheGravedigger

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#2 posted 1041 days ago

It looks like it could be some sort of decorative greasebox, but I don’t see any residue inside.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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WayneC

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#3 posted 1041 days ago

I agree, there is nothing inside to give a clue. I thought about it being a snuff box or something similar…

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

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drewnahant

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#4 posted 1041 days ago

maybe a placebo plane. it makes the wood think it is being planed, and it decides to lie flat on its own, without any of those messy shavings.

or maybe a training plane, great for teaching. JK

don’t know, but it is a nice woodworking decoration, that will never accidentally cut into your shelf or table

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John Ormsby

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#5 posted 1041 days ago

Does the wedge come out? Maybe you will find something in the wedge pocket?

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Don W

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#6 posted 1041 days ago

Is the iron sharp on the embedded end? If you rub the sides does a Jeannie come out?

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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WayneC

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#7 posted 1041 days ago

It does not come out. It is only a mock blade and wedge.

John, you can open the hindged part and see under it.

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

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sedcokid

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#8 posted 1041 days ago

Very interesting

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Dave

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#9 posted 1041 days ago

Are the screws pointed or flat on the end? What metal is the hinge made of? Does the hinge have hammer marks?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Ritty

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#10 posted 1041 days ago

i could be a salesman model or what one of the other guys said a grease box honestly idk

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Karson

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#11 posted 1041 days ago

It’s a play dough press.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#12 posted 1041 days ago

I would say it is a stash box. Set it with the planes for disguise.

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#13 posted 1041 days ago

It is a baby plane waiting to grow up.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#14 posted 1041 days ago

I have to agree with Robert, The first thing I thought when I saw it was a grease box.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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WayneC

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#15 posted 1041 days ago

Some more info. The plane is 1 1/4” wide x 5” long. Measured at the horn it is 2 3/4” tall.

Dave, the hinge looks like brass. It does not appear to have any hammer marks. I am still deciding If I want to remove a screw or not. They look like small brass wood screws.

The wedge appears to be secured in the body of the plane with a brass pin. You can see it on each side of the plane. It is dark enough that it blends well with the wood.

I like the idea of a stash box. It would blend in with the other tools well.

I would not think it would be very convient as a grease box. It is small enough it would be difficult to get into the hole.

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

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