A good friend of mine is selling some of his planes which means I get to benfit from this activity. I was blessed with the acquisition of a jointer plane and a Stanley No. 5. Here are some pictures I took.
I think the Stanley No. 5 is considered a jack plane. I recently learned that the manufacturer’s number cannot be used to guage the type, but it’s the length that determines the type and use – at least as far as Christopher Schwartz’s book on planes is concerned. I can only assume that the jointer plane was made by the individual whose name is stamped all over it. Both planes need to have their irons reworked and the jointer plane may need to be brought back into square. I hesitate to perform any of these actions until I have thoroughly learned how to both sharpen a plane iron and how to re-true a plane body. Also, there is a secondary material, I beleive it to be Walnut, that is in the bottom of the jointer plane. This may have been used as a replacement for the mouth of the plane but I cannot be certain. Any thoughts? Once again I am relying on the collective knowledge and experience of the LJ community. I look forward to learning from your helpful hints and comments. As always, thank you for your time.
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