I am writing this blog to describe my journey down the bench plane path. I hope that it does not bore everyone. I have a small shop in my two car garage which has two cars it in. In other words very cramped, but I have a niche in which I store my wood working tools.
I have an assortment of power and hand tools: table saw, router, circular saw, jig saw, hammers, screw drivers, chisels etc. However I have only one small block plane:
I don’t know how it came into my possession, nor does it have a make or model. However for many of my needs it does the job. There have been occasions though, when I have felt the need for a larger bench plane. Looking at new planes they main fall into two categories: those costing about $30 and very poor quality and those costing hundreds of dollars and very high quality. Neither appealed to me. So I started to haunt Craigslist. Absolutely no luck there. Very few planes are listed and those that are the seller wants as much as a new one!
Then I read somewhere that there are many used planes for sale on EBay. So I stated searching there and found a large assortment of used planes for reasonable prices. Now I had to decide which plane and what size plane I would place a bid on. The most common size is a #4 which is about 9” long. Because I had a block plane I decided to get a #5 plane which is 14” long. So I placed a bid and won this for$28:
Somewhat rusty but in reasonably good shape. According to my research is a Wards house brand built by Stanley. The seller claims it is from 1930. Other than the name Eclipse on the blade there is no other name or brand on it. There is Made in the USA molded into the base, and also stamped on the base is the number C 47 1/2.
Next up initial cleaning.