Just some planes restored #17: Taber Plane Company–New Bedford Ma.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 09-13-2012 12:31 PM 2306 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once in a while, it takes some time to stumble onto the information to tie it together. What is it you say? Well sometimes it depend.

A few month ago I bought this plane because it was cheap, and it just looked cool.

More pictures and info here,

It took some time to stumble onto information that led what I had. It seems this was manufactured by the Taber Plane Co. in New Bedford Ma. in the late 1800’s. Information on the company is still being sought and seems a little scarce.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 09-13-2012 12:34 PM

Handsome plane.

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#2 posted 09-13-2012 12:35 PM

Saved another one Don. Looks like the saltwater of New Bedford didnt effect that one too much. That a pretty rich town in terms of sea faring history. I blew a ball joint in new bedford once … interesting people out there ill tell ya.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 09-13-2012 12:39 PM

Nice save!

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#4 posted 09-13-2012 12:59 PM

Great resto!

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#5 posted 09-13-2012 01:57 PM

Nice work on the lever cap and blade, they came to life very well !
Curious: What kind of steel is in the iron, is at hard or soft from that era ?

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#6 posted 09-13-2012 02:49 PM

Nice, l like the brass knob.

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#7 posted 09-13-2012 03:18 PM

Nice work as always Don. The tote is particularly outstanding.

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#8 posted 09-14-2012 09:14 AM

Don when you say “Just” I know

it is worth a look. :)

That is a sweet plane.


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#9 posted 09-14-2012 08:05 PM

canadianchips, its around 1865. I don’t recall the iron being anything but ordinary. It wasn’t harder or softer than most. It has been a while since I did the restore, but I posted because I just finally discovered the information.

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