A tear-down of a Millers Falls 709, as per the Millers Falls advertising literature. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/buck-rogers-planes-part-2/
A brief Millers Falls study of the No.104 “Buck Rogers” hand drill. This is a very aesthetically pleasing tool, but functionally it doesn’t work as well as some of their earlier models. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/the-millers-falls-no-104-hand-drill/
This is the first post of three relating to cloned planes – vintage planes made by the likes of Stanley, Sargent and Millers Falls for catalog companies such as Sears. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/the-clone-wars-part-i/
The 1950s may have been the last great push in tool design before the dark ages of the 1960s-1980s ensued. This blog posting is a little bit more info on Millers Falls “Buck Rogers” tool line. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/atomic-era-buck-rogers-tools/
So when I started down this hand plane road I will admit I did not have any idea what I was doing. I purchased hand planes on E Bay with the opinion that I could figure it out as I go, kinda a shot gun approach if you will. This resulted in some purchased that I fell in love with such as a 5 1/4 bench plane that honestly at this point is used more as a smooth plane than a fore plane. I also though bought a block plane well a few, okay, okay I bought like five but they were all different quali...
Just some photos I took tonight that I thought I would share so you could see some of the braces from the previous blog post side by side. 12” Lion and 12” North Bros 2100 Yankee 12” Yankee and 12” Millers Falls 731 Holdall 12” Lion and 12” Holdall Millers Falls Lion Chuck and a no name, typical brace Chuck 12” Lion and 12” Yankee Chucks 12” Yankee and 12” Holdall 12” Lion and 12” Holdall
Thought I would share the list of bit braces that I am tracking. The list has been compiled from a variety of sources on the web. If you have suggestions of high quality braces that are not on the list, please let me know. North Brothers Yankee braces, including the 2100, 2100A, 2101, and 2101A series. 8”, 10”, 12”. 14”. Example of 6” versions are rare but known. Whimble braces exist. North Brothers are better Quality than Stanley. North Brothers was acqu...
This trade circular came from the Millers Falls catalog #49, printed in 1949. The insert was added at a late stage to advertise the MF planes 709 and 714, which weren’t added to the catalog until the next iteration of catalog 49 circa 1952. Incidentally, the planes had a list price of $8.50 and $9.00 respectively in the price sheet that accompanied the catalog.The real price of $8.50 is $81.00 in 2013 terms. If anyone would like a super high resolution image of this poster, pleas...
Streamline moderne is a type of Art Deco architecture that emerged in the mid 1930s and lasted more than two decades. It emphasized curving forms, and moved beyond architecture into industrial design, and even tool design. Millers Falls developed a line of tools in the post-WWII years which were heavy influenced by streamline modern – and symbolic of the 1950s “atomic era”. It is defined by tools such as the No.100A automatic push drill, the No.104 geared hand drill, and the...
The 1950s resonated with some truly interesting tool designs. Millers Falls spent a lot of effort designing aesthetically pleasing tools. Wood was sometimes replaced with plastic, designs were streamlined, aluminum made an appearance. One of the more interesting tools was Millers Falls No. 1220 Plane-’R’-File, a Jekyll and Hyde type tool which could be used as either a plane or a file – their answer to Stanley’s surform. Nice concept, beautiful design, but the tool jus...
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