The Slippery Slope #1: Pop's Hand Planes

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 10-03-2010 01:39 AM 1426 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So after my last post, “Am I in trouble” (of becoming a Galoot), i have decided to write my first ever blog “The Slippery Slope” chronicalling my decent into the world of hand tools .. finding them, cleaning and restoring, and using. Im not sure how far this will go but here’s to givin it a shot ….

My grandfather passed away a few years ago and in the process of cleaning out the house i stumbled across all of the old tools in the basement. Mostly mechanics tools, he was a diesel and heavy equipment mechanic, but mixed in were a bunch of wood working tools. I had dabbled a little with wood working at the time and found i had enjoyed it, so i thought what better way to remember Pop than to have some of his old tools, clean em up and show em off.

This was one of my grandfathers planes .. or quite possibly my great grandfathers block plane. It’s an early Stanley #9 1/2 with a patnent date of 10-12-97 on it. Its not nearly 100%, the cheek is broken and missing the mouth adjustment lever but an heirloom to me.

Another one of my grand or great grandfathers hand planes. An early Stanley #18 with a split knuckle cap. Patent date Dec. 28 86 This one is in great shape but may or may not be missing the mouth adjustment lever.. another one that i hope to pass down to the next generation.

Welll fellow LJ’s i hope that you will enjoy my trip down the slippery slope …

- Chris

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#1 posted 10-03-2010 02:41 AM

huu they look great
even thow the cheek is broken on one of them
and thank´s for the story I realy hope you have saved all his tool
or at least let them had a new good home

thank´s for sharing


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#2 posted 10-03-2010 03:32 AM


I do have all the tools that i acquired from him, and hope to hand them down some day .. over the next few days or so i’ll be posting the rest of them as part of this blog.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 10-03-2010 03:33 AM

Wish you a wonderful travel, and yes what better way to remember him than to use those tools.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 10-03-2010 03:37 AM

Looks like a great beginning. ebay is a good source of old parts like adjustment levers.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 10-03-2010 05:58 AM

I will look forward to see them :-)


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#6 posted 10-03-2010 09:11 PM

Enjoy the slide! I have been, still does, for some time now.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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