Today I visited a local thrift store. While I was there I picked up an old wooden jack plane. Here it is;
As you can see it’s in pretty rough shape. I have to clean it up and make a new tote. The sole is not as flat as I’d like it to be and neither of the sides are square to the sole. I began to clean it up a bit and found a maker’s mark.
After some magnification and some investigation I discovered that it was made by J. Kellogg of Amherst Massachusetts. I came to this conclusion based on the shape and style of the mark. This website shows the marks used by James Kellogg.
The mark is located in the are circled.
The iron was made by the Humphreysville Mfg. Co.
After a bit of TLC I was able to clean up the blade and bring it to a nice keen edge.
Before I continue with this restoration I need some information. I need to know the best method for flattening the sole. I also need to know the best material to use to make a new tote. I think the plane is Beech but I’m not sure. Furthermore, I need to know if Boiled Linseed Oil is the only finish that one can use on a restoration of this type.
I look forward to your comments and suggestions.
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