Shop Tools #12: Hmmmm. What is it?

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 06-17-2011 12:03 AM 2126 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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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#1 posted 06-17-2011 12:13 AM


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#2 posted 06-17-2011 12:15 AM

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

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#3 posted 06-17-2011 12:18 AM

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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#4 posted 06-17-2011 12:24 AM

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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#5 posted 06-17-2011 12:40 AM

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

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#6 posted 06-17-2011 01:44 AM

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

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#7 posted 06-17-2011 01:48 AM

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

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

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#8 posted 06-17-2011 02:36 AM

Very interesting

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#9 posted 06-17-2011 03:14 AM

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

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#10 posted 06-17-2011 04:11 AM

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

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#11 posted 06-17-2011 04:38 AM

It’s a play dough press.

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#12 posted 06-17-2011 04:43 AM

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

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#13 posted 06-17-2011 04:48 AM

It is a baby plane waiting to grow up.

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#14 posted 06-17-2011 05:54 AM

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

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#15 posted 06-17-2011 06:13 AM

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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