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Project by canadianchips posted 04-01-2010 08:19 PM 5271 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my passion. I can honestly say I have taken everyone apart, cleaned, polished, sharpened and USED them all. It took me several years to collect them, they were in storage till last winter. (I now have a tiny shop) and I played most of the winter restoring them to life. I have cast iron bottom collection as well. Missing the #1 stanley. (Too expensive for my collection at moment) I do have #2, #2 corrugated, #3, #4,#5,#6,#7 (corrugated bottom) #8. All tuned and workining ! The number 2 are for show only.
One day years ago I decided to own one of every model stanley made. (I should have done my research before starting that collection) I really had no Idea they made that many. ( I guess I grew up in a secluded world). Then there’s the old wooden moulding planes. OF the “40 some” of them I have !!!!!!!! I only use a few. Some have poor design and do not cut well. Live and learn.I have my collection of #45 on hold. I am searching for the proper technique to put nickel plating back on. (Oh yeah, I have 52 of these to play with)Nothing excites me more than seeing an old rusty plane at an auction sale, everyone ignoring it because how it looks, I am wetting my pants in anticipation,waiting to bid, knowing I can bring it back to life.
Some people spend money on beer.
Some people spend money on dining out.
Some people like the theatre.
All the above you wake up in morning and maybe have memories.
I wake up after buying a plane and have things.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#1 posted 04-01-2010 08:35 PM

I just started a few month ago with woodworking
with my own statement (try do it with handtools only if possiple)
and that is some impressive colection of transitionplanes you have there
thank´s for sharing it (and now I´m both in black mood (envy) and
in good mood(something to look forward to have) but so fare I´m
only buy planes that I need now and even that is hard on a small budget


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#2 posted 04-01-2010 08:35 PM

Cool Planes, I love auctions & sales also !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 08:56 PM

Wow, what a stunning collection….glad to know there are others who love collecting planes!
My next mission is to gather old wooden molding planes, I’ve only gotten my hands on a few over the years, but I’d like to fill a footlocker with them!! I’m working on a complete set of Stanleys too but that really is a huge undertaking! I love the 45s, I have quite a few. I have never seen so many transitionals in one place, than in your photo!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 04-01-2010 08:58 PM

Dennis. I was an avid “Use my table saw for everything builder”. Skil saw for rough cut then on TABLE saw. Finishied smooth with 6” power jointer. In the past year I have dug out my sharpening skills and touched up my hand saws, my chisels, my planes. I really find JOY in using tools without electricity now. (Some things are done with tech.) My log chair was entirely out of hand tools. Hand saw, Brace and bit, planes, draw knife and spoke shave. I amazed MYSELF with what I can carve with my 3 inch slick. I cannot explain the satisfaction I receive using the hand tools. When I said I used every hand plane I kept a mental note, how is cuts, ease of tuning, etc. I do have favorites now.
Enjoy your woodworking !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 04-01-2010 09:08 PM

Soooo, got a thing for transitionals then :) Looks like you are having all kinds of fun!

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#6 posted 04-01-2010 09:17 PM

Wow, excellent collection. Lucky for me I do not have the bug. I have several friends into collecting and they spend almost all their spare time bidding…receiving and cataloging their acqusitions. I “collect” tools but only one of each…. now, new gadgets and new techology on them is my downfall….if I have a good tool that they have made a better/improved version…it is hard not to get want-itis….I have been drooling over the 12” Hitachi mitre saw with laser and lcd readout. I am happy with my Bosch….but would love to have the readout instead of slapping on my wixey angle meter every cut…not to mention the dual laser instead of the single I have…lol

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 04-01-2010 09:38 PM

I have never used a hand plane my entire life. Is it fun?

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 04-01-2010 09:56 PM

I have to confess to a weakness for planes as well. I have found many at flea markets and antique/junk shops. I have a number of planes, but I am interested in old tools (particularly related to woodworking) in general. I really admire some of the creative solutions that the old timers came up with to produce amazing things using only hand tools.

However, I think you should consider joining “Tool Collectors Anonymous.” Just kidding. Nice collection of planes.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#9 posted 04-01-2010 10:27 PM

They said I do not need therapy cause I haven’t “Named them ” ha ha

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#10 posted 04-01-2010 10:29 PM

When you pick up your first sharp plane, tuned right, watching the paper thin shavings curl off the iron. OH YA its fun.
Go for it Mike.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#11 posted 04-01-2010 11:02 PM

Awesome collection! Nothing sweeter than working with a well tuned and sharp vintage plane. Not sure what it is, but you feel more connected to the piece you are are working.

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#12 posted 04-02-2010 12:38 AM

passion / addiction… same thing?? :)
quite the collection.

I chuckled at the wet pants comment…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dan Hux

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#13 posted 04-02-2010 03:19 AM

anybody have a plane I can borrow? nice collection

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#14 posted 04-02-2010 03:36 AM

What finish do you use on the wooden parts of the planes??

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#15 posted 04-02-2010 06:48 AM

It’s that you use them…that’s the part I like. Using the tools you own. I hate collectors who never touch or use their collections…that seems so purposeless to me. An old plane needs wood to breathe. Excellent collection…and you have every right to feel proud and admire your own collection of useful tools. Well done.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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