Just Plane Old #2: clean up reveals...

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Blog entry by socrbent posted 07-02-2012 04:39 AM 6126 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Removed the wedge, iron and chip breakers. Brushed off accumulated dust and grime with a nylon brush then did an initial cleanup with turpentine. This revealed several things both irons were stamped and the fore end of each body was stamped.

The mouths seem very similar like both were from same manufacturer

Cleaning revealed some cracks in bases near the mouths

from 22” plane – I see a radius on the iron edge

The iron from the 22” plane says OHIO TOOLS – CAST STEEL WARR…

The fore end of 22” says J.BRACELIN – DAYTON.O

from 16” plane – this wedge is in much better shape

The 16” iron has a globe logo with OHIO in banner on the globe and MBUS OHIO on lower left perimeter of globe

Stamped on fore end of 16” – SCIOTO WORKS – 15

Found what looks like a match for the 16” on Ebay for $34.99 and info in the Old Tools Archive about the Ohio Tool Co. The article indicated they were made of beech between 1893 and 1920. This means that my dad likely bought them used or got them from his dad. The larger one may be a #27 Jointer costing $1.80 in 1910

I welcome any information or suggestions on what to do next. Plan to do another application of Turpentine to clean up wood further. Should I take a wire wheel to the irons? What is a strike button?

-- socrbent Ohio

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Don W

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#1 posted 07-02-2012 02:40 PM

I’ve got some information on Ohio tools on my blog.

And some transitional restore information as well,

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 07-02-2012 02:45 PM

Before busting out the wire wheel, I’d suggest getting some Evapo-Rust. Judging by the before and after shots in this thread, it seems like some really magical stuff.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 07:53 PM

I have a smilar jointer plane that has a strike button on the front. If I’m not mistaken, you tap on the button to loosen the wedge. I had no idea what it was either until I saw someone else remove the wedge that way.

When I restored mine I didn’t have any qualms about using my wire wheel. Then again, my plain iron is probably not as old as yours are. It might be best to use some type of rust removal solution. I hope it all works out.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 07:56 PM

Wow, there are some gems in there. That Ohio iron is ooooooold. Really nice.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 07-03-2012 08:30 PM

no buckle – thanks for the explanation on the strike button. I’ve learned that they belonged to my grandfather who died in the early 1970’s. The J.Bracelin was a tool vendor in Dayton, Ohio.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#6 posted 07-03-2012 08:32 PM

Notes about Ohio Tools say the bodies were made of beech. Does anyone know if the totes were also beech?

-- socrbent Ohio

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#7 posted 07-03-2012 08:37 PM

typically the totes were beech as well as the planes.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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