refurbishing old tools #5: A smoother and a plow plane

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Blog entry by Dave posted 02-27-2011 09:06 AM 2318 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today was a great day I had paid a visit to a fellow l j [william]. We had a great time. Then I picked up two more planes. First I will show some pictures and then give a little provenance of the history of the planes. Or as much as I can.
First is a smother. Sorry about the pic’s, it seems I loose about 30% of the right side of every picture!

The tool maker markings are New York Tool Co. From what I can find out The New York Tool Co. is a name used buy Aurborn Tool Co. From 1864 to 1893. This is the part I love. They were made at the Aurborn Correctional Institute by inmates.

Now there were 3 tool stamp changes. If the O is the same size as the C in CO. that was the first set. If the O is lower case and raised that would be during the middle years. If the O is underlined that would be in the latter years. This one is lower cased and raised.

Now the second plane I found is a moving fillister. 1860-1907
This one was a little harder to get the history on.

The tool marking states Pryke & Palmer upper Thames ste9, the ste9 is not very legible.

It is missing a part and has had some old repairs done to it. It was late and I had been out most of the day but could not resist taking them out to the shop and doing at least some dis-assembly.

The fillister broke down with very little trouble.

I do not have one of the wedges, and it looks like someone had replaced the iron wedge with one that is way to thin.

The main body is still in good shape. I the depth adjusmet is working great.
Now the smother.

Its is in great condition. It looks hardly used.

I think I might spend a little more time one this tonight.

The mouth is still tight.

The irons are in great shape also.

I spent some time flattening and honing the iron and chip breaker.

A little chalk on the sole and let us see how flat it is.

The first 5 swipes across some 150 grit show that between the mouth and heal it is a little high.
The iron bedding is in fair shape and only gets a little scraping tonight.

the first shavings after assembly.

I had put camber in the blade but still wanted to see what it would do on some figured wood.

A test on some tiger maple.

Not so bad. Its 1:00 am, bed time. good night

thanks for viewing ;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#1 posted 02-27-2011 12:19 PM

hey hey hey not so fast building the collection …....collecter ….... LOL :—-)))

nice smoother and restore on it :-) my it serve you well in many years

to mee it seems it isn´t a moving arm Fillistre but a wedge-arm plow (plough) plane :-)
sorry you had got the wrong name

source : John M. Whelan´s book the wooden plane it´s history,form and fuction Site 106,108,111

and what you call a iron wedge is a part of the skate and is sopursed to be so thin
if you look at the cuting iron there is a groove on the back on it and that has to be placed on the skate
to controll the iron possition so don´t do anything to the skate or the back of the iron
you can get irons in different wideness

take care

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 04:41 PM

Great work Dave and I’m really impressed with those tiger maple shavings. Keep it up and you will soon need an airport to store all those antique ‘planes’

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 05:28 PM

Thanks Dennis thats how I learn. You helping me name it will help in my research on setup and use.
Mike that maple is the cut offs I have from the box I am having to build for all these planes. Or hangar. ;)
Thanks guys I can count on yall.
Now what is this?

I found it in an antique shop. Its a hatchet of some sort. But its purpose eludes me.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 06:09 PM

I enjoyed your visit. I’m glad to see you found something on your trip besides my shop and my terrible coffee. We got to running our mouths so much that I forgot something before you left. Usually when someone comes to my shop I try to pick out a nice large chunk of mahogany for them, share in the good fortune I recon you’d say. You understand, I told you the story behind all that wood.
Maybe next time.


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#5 posted 02-27-2011 06:45 PM

that …that …that….well a very interressting war – axe ;-O

throw it out to the freindly L J wulf´s in the tool forum and say …..NAME THIS TOOL and use :-)

take care

Edit: with pictures from two more sides

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#6 posted 02-28-2011 02:00 AM

William we will bury that subject. (inside joke) William My wife and I had a wonderful time. And you gave me plenty. I have picked a place for the wonderful vacuum system. And my grandson (as soon as he can walk) will be using the Day Duck Step-stool to brush his teeth. My wife also informs me that your children were well behaved and very polite. That comes from proper upbringing.
Dennis it got me to. I would go for war hammer but the handle looks a tad modern. Did Natchez Indians have lathes?
Thanks guys;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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