I was at the First Monday Trades Day in Canton, TX last week. Came across a guy with some old hand planes. I bought this one for $15; he was asking $20.
For those of you with knowledge of wood hand planes, please let me know if I wasted my money. I plan to use it as a working plane, not a collector plane. I would also like to have an idea of how old it is.
It is a Sandusky Tool Co. plane.
In addition to Sandusky Tool Co., it has OGONTZ stamped in the end and the number 18 if I am reading it correctly. It is 16 in. long. Base does not show any warping but could use a little truing. Can that be done with sandpaper on a flat surface?
The body has some checking in the end that goes through the bottom. Only one small check on the top. It had the least checking of all the planes. Should I fill the checks? What with, epoxy?
The plane iron has been mushroomed over from being hammered to set the iron depth. I am tempted to file that off. OK, yes or no? The iron is .190 in. thick. It has four small rust spots on the cutting edge. Looks like it will sharpen up nicely. The back of the iron has surface rust.
The tote appears to have been broken off and reattached. It was well done as it is perfectly aligned. It is tight, nothing loose.
Well what do you think? I thought for $15 it was worth a try as a working plane. Otherwise not much lost.
-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school