Who made this hand plane ?

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Blog entry by grosa posted 10-03-2010 11:19 PM 8708 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I Have had this tool for 12 yrs and have never used it.
The wood components look like they were hand made.
Has anyone ever seen one before. I have no idea who made it and how old it is. I have asked allot of people and no one has ever seen one before. Any help would be appreciated.
Here are some more pictures of different angles.

A side view with out the knives

A top view Right click, click on open in new tab for a bigger picture

The knives

Top view Right click, click view image in new tab for bigger picture

Side view with knife

Right click, click on open image in new tab

Bottom view

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#1 posted 10-03-2010 11:53 PM

Maybe it was user made ?? The cutter wedge is in backwards. Any marks on the cutters?

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#2 posted 10-04-2010 12:01 AM

beside the obviusly of a plovplane then sorry but no havn´t seen anything
in those books I have read or online


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#3 posted 10-04-2010 12:31 AM

The “Ohio Tool Co.” made a match plane similar to this. The front horn is a indication that this plane was made in Germany !

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#4 posted 10-04-2010 01:54 AM

Very unique tool and sorry to say I am clueless in this!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 10-04-2010 01:56 AM

I will go out on a limb and say that there is not another one like it.


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#6 posted 10-04-2010 02:00 AM

Looks like a shop made plow plane to me, probably from around WW I era. As Canadianchips said, it looks German, which might explain a lot. These were made by various American manufacturers, but during the war they were unavailable to German tradesmen due to the trade embargo. Thus, if a German wood worker wanted one during that period, he was forced to make his own.

Nice looking souvenir of a time when wood was worked by hand much more than it is today.

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#7 posted 10-04-2010 02:18 AM

Thank you all for your comments. I have been offed a lot of money for this but, until I know more about it I will hold on to it.

-- Have a great day.

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#8 posted 10-04-2010 02:31 AM

I would keep investigating. The metal frame looks too polished (looks cast or forged) to be a “one off” handmade. The squared edges inside the corners are not something you would see out of a blacksmith shop, etc, so I would guess it was part of some production endeavor. My guess is from a Germanic or more likely Scandinavian source, based on the look of the wooden components. The simplicity of the parts tells me that it was a working man’s tool, not an upper gentry or ceremonial product.


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#9 posted 10-04-2010 03:21 AM

Agree with Gofor, German or Scandinavian influence. Tote or grip apprars to be rework and iron rack add-on.
Correct iron wedge, sharpen irons, and use with enjoyment.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#10 posted 10-04-2010 04:30 AM

There are no maker marks on it anywhere?

The cutter rack seems like an add on, but I can’t believe anyone that used it would have added it like that. It is a right hand plow plane, but there is no way to use it with your right hand on the back and left hand on the front, without those sharp plow irons digging up your left forearm. Something seems amiss.

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#11 posted 10-04-2010 05:17 AM

Send a couple pics with any identifying script to Chris Schwartz at Popular Woodworking Magazine, if anyone knows he will be the one, It does look home made to me

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#12 posted 10-04-2010 05:19 AM

I know I didn’t make it LOL

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#13 posted 10-04-2010 11:57 PM

I agree it can be influneced from Germany or Skandinavia from the front toe
but as far as I know then is the handle either English or US influenced we didn´t use that here as I know

and from what I can see its a lefthand plane if you look at how the horn is formed (by the way a very
big horn Skandinavien/german horns is shorter)
and the inder nut looks unfammiliear to me the way they are placed in the fence and with those
notches on

the way the rack has some legs so it can bee sat down without tilting make me wonder if its used on
onsite jobs more than in a shop


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#14 posted 10-05-2010 02:13 AM

Wow, All good points. Thank you all. I will keep searching.

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#15 posted 10-05-2010 05:55 AM

Dennis, I don’t think it can be a left handed plane unless you were reaching across the board and running the fence along the edge of the board farthest away from you. Might work for narrow boards on a narrow bench ... maybe some kind of specialty shop.

-- Galootish log blog,

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