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04-09-2015 11:42 PM

Some Wacky Iron Planes from Europe and Down Under, #3s, #4s and #5s. - 5 replies

It’s sorta a good idea to keep a record of your woodworking tools for many reasons. Least of which, for an insurance claim, be it fire, flood, or burglary. More likely, my widow will likely blow off all my planes for a dollar each. So.. I’ll make a cross-reference in Excel for an anticipated retail price, if she’s so incline...

04-07-2015 12:49 AM

Old Tool Shopping: Slim Pickens in Saskatchewan - 8 replies

Four days in Regina Saskatchewan, and this was all I could scrape up. Granted, the Easter holiday didn’t make it easier, but I was able to coordinate the calendar with various websites of the antiques stores I know there. A #70 scraper, and #27 1/2 Stanley plane. I really like the 27 1/2, and it’s good when the correct cutte...

02-06-2015 05:11 PM

In Defense of the European Beech Plane... - 39 replies

Well.. I don’t have too much to say about those silly looking Euro Horned planes… except, after tinkering with a few, man these things can really cut! A friend asked me to plane his coffee-table sized slab of burly Redwood, so he could make the Epic cribbage board.I decided to put my Euros to the test, one was already set up as a c...

02-02-2015 04:17 PM

The Stanley "Two-Tone" Line, Planes and Other Tools - 22 replies

Lest we forget, in our research in all the different ‘Types’ of handplanes, and the as-yet to be agreed upon Type 21 and Type 22 planes, there’s more work to do. The Stanley “Two Tone” line was a series that ran concurrent with other types from the ‘50s to 60’s and possibly as late as the 1970s. They...

01-15-2015 11:27 PM

A new Source of Lumber?? - 5 replies

I saw this, and had to share. Immediately, the possibility of harvesting short pieces of lumber came to mind…and they can all be quarter sawn! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGGH4XKNULU This is not my video, and it’s posted here for its entertaiment value only. Looks like a heavily-weighted arm, counterbalanced with an ...

01-10-2015 07:21 PM

Unusual! Stanley #104 Liberty Bell plane. - 9 replies

This just arrived, and I’m just thrilled! A Stanley Liberty Bell #104, my first all-metal Liberty. I was intrigued by its snub-nose appearance, like as if somebody hacked off the ends, but no, this is what they’re supposed to look like. This particular one is rumored to be a Type 1. It has the original round ...

10-18-2014 05:41 PM

Spoke Shaves of Your Dreams - 79 replies

The HOYD thread has solved so many issues, answered so many questions, and converted so many people, that I wondered if the same thing might be true for spoke shaves. With my apologies to Bertha, for borrowing the title somewhat from his epic thread. I thought I’d post some pics, to help define which numerical designation your spoke sh...

09-16-2014 02:45 PM

Extracting Broken Screws in Your Plane Restorations - 25 replies

Okay, so you’ve got a plane with a busted-off screw and you put the project on hold.I just got an Ohio #4 and a MF #5-size, both with knob screws busted off.Here’s a bit of a guide that might get you past the problem, so that your plane restoration can continue.My intent here is to encourage people to try this themselves, instead of ...

08-09-2014 01:32 PM

Did Something Happen to You-Tube? - 8 replies

All of a sudden I can’t access my favorite videos! Tom Fidgen, Paul Sellers and others… You Tube has gone into some unrecognizable web page and it won’t let me view the videos I like to watch. Doesn’t seem to matter whether I’ve logged in or not. When I manage to pull up a video, it appears to be coming from &...

07-01-2014 11:06 PM

A Rapier Hand Plane Overview - 15 replies

Rapier Handplanes...What’s up with that? In North America, they are around, for sure, but there is not a whole body of research on them, as far as I know. Produced in Gateshead, England by the Anglo-Scottish Corporation, these planes are an interesting alternative to the Stanleys. I’m guessing they are all postwar, I d...

06-21-2014 07:34 PM

More Flea Market Finds Today!! - 13 replies

This event had been rained out before and postponed ‘til today. And, of course the weather channel predicted rain all day today, too, but go figure… On this SUNNY day, I snagged some pretty cool finds: Okay.. pic #1, an Edge-Rite (Eaton’s Dep’t Store) #27. This brand has the most impressive finish on the iron pa...

06-09-2014 03:46 PM

A Rogues Gallery of Transitional Planes - 14 replies

I thought I’d post some pix of my transitional planes. These were purchased by me over the years with no objective in mind, other than that they intrigue me. This collection represents only what I’ve found out there over the past three decades, ones that were priced reasonably and worthy of someday restoring. Nowadays, there̵...

06-07-2014 08:46 PM

An Ebay Miracle from a Bozo Seller!!! - 26 replies

Well, gotta admit, I still enjoy buying planes that are inexpensive, just to put ‘em away for future reference.So… when a pair of planes arrived, my wife intercepted the package. As soon as I arrived… she said “You’ve got a package….and you’re not going to like it” The contents was jangling arou...

06-05-2014 11:15 PM

Milwaukee Tool News - 6 replies

In case you keep track of such things…. (From Woodshop News) Milwaukee Tool acquires Empire Level Posted on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:39 Milwaukee Tool announced the acquisition of the Empire Level business based in Mukwonago, Wis.Founded in 1919, Empire Level is a provider of layout and measurement products, including levels, s...

06-01-2014 10:08 PM

Some More Recent Hand Plane Acquisitions - 22 replies

There are still some decent deals out there, on vintage planes, if you want to dedicate a Saturday or Sunday on a Plane Safari!Here’s some examples of what can be had: first, some transitionals, including some recent Liberty Bell purchases. From left, a Stanley #37 “Jenny” plane. This is the second such plane in as m...

04-20-2014 05:27 PM

Alternative Sources For Vintage Hand Planes - 6 replies

Just in case you’re not accumulating your vintage tools fast enough to suit you, here’s a few links to some rather unusual websites with member listings of hand planes for sale. What’s listed, of course, are the ones I haven’t already snagged up myself. (wink,wink) Not a whole lot of turnover on these listings, so a o...

03-22-2014 09:39 PM

A Few Old Plane Acquisitions This Week - 9 replies

My appetite for old planes was cruelly teased by an ad for a major estate sale in Arizona, for which I’m grateful to a contact there who sold me a genuine “Jenny” Stanley #37 on a Arts and Crafts website, of all places. The plane has not arrived yet, but I bought a lever cap which did arrive already, from that NHPlanePartsR...

03-21-2014 04:09 PM

A Great Lead on Some Vintage Planes and Tools, Tucson Az - 35 replies

This is an Estate Sale that somebody advised me about, starting Saturday. The pics really grabbed my interest, alas I am 1500 miles away. Maybe you’re in the neighborhood! If not, the last 20+ pics on the website will drive you crazy. http://www.caringtransitions.net/DesktopModules/PropertyAgent/Print.aspx?ModuleID=2529&T...

03-06-2014 06:41 PM

Buying That New Woodworking Truck... - 24 replies

It can’t be called “Buyer’s Remorse” when the new truck you just bought has a problem and the dealership tells you to take a hike.My truck, still under warranty, has a defective starter, or starter drive. When it’s cold, like 0 degrees F, the starter clashes with the flywheel/torque converter gear. It goes on for...

03-04-2014 05:00 PM

Who made this lever cap? - 6 replies

Ok… I got this #3 plane at a flea market, maker unknown. Heck, I’ve got PTAMPIA vol I & II, and a dozen other plane reference books. I thought I was invincible. BUT… no dice on finding a comparable photo in any book!!! DonW suggested “Defiance” but I cannot find a picture to corroborate this. At t...

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