My brother, who bought the family house when mom wanted to move, recently cleaned the place out in order to rent it out. He has been posting great stuff over on FB of old family items that have brought back fond old memories.
He asked me if I wanted any of the old tools my/our dad and grandfather had left behind. I said I would take any and all, that he did not want.
These two I think were my brothers, he has given up WW for other pursuits, namely a new baby boy.
There were four planes. One I think is gone forever to the rust monster. The #5 Stanley, I’ve already started on and it should end up being a good user. The Dunlap, I think is a 4 1/2 will clean up nice and was in the best shape. The Stanley block might be a user with some extensive work.
I remember one or two of these being in the garage when I lived at home. Three Disstons and a Nichols? I gotta get some Evaporust. These guy are going to take some love. Two rips and two crosscuts.
Here are three braces, a group of bits, two of which are adjustable, two squares, a combo square, and what I believe to be a saw set. The set is rusted solid and will take some coaxing to be useable
There was more but I shant bore you with it. Pinewood Derby cars, football helmets, ice cream scoops and other mementos from the distant past.
This should keep me off the streets for some time.
Here are the four planes cleaned up. The Dunlap did clean up very nice. I know little about the history, but this is a nice heavy plane. I put a 30 bevel on it (scary sharp method) and lapped the back. I have already used it a couple of times on Dina’s box, which is not finished yet. The Stanley also cleaned up better than I thought it would. It is strange, this is the second Stanley plane I’ve gotten that had the iron beveled at about 50 degrees. Anyone know why they thinned out the iron so severely? I put what I guess would be a micro bevel on it at 30. Maybe, being a novice at this, that is what they are supposed to be, I just don’t know. With the bevel I have put on them they seem to work very well. The little Stanley block plane that I thought would not come back from the rust monster cleaned up pretty nice, at least it will clean up end grain, as I used it, again on Dina’s box.
I think the bug has bitten me. A year ago I had no planes and now I have, three block planes, a #4, #41/2, #5 and a #7. Dang that bug has sharp teeth.
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