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refurbishing old tools #10: Sandusky jack plane off of ebay

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Blog entry by Dave posted 1231 days ago 3951 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Work on the till and a tote catastrophe Part 10 of refurbishing old tools series Part 11: Finishing of the Sandusky plane iron »

My latest find from eBay came today. It is a Ogontz #13 jack Plane. Sandusky Tool co. is on the iron. First a little provenance on the plane.
Sandusky Tool Co.
Sandusky, Ohio
1869-1926
Tool Types
Axes, Clamps, hammers, Hoes, Metal Planes, Picks, Plane Irons, Screwdrivers, Shaves

Aside from planes, this company may have solely been a distributor for some items. Patented planes include one by Cyrus Kinney in 1855, two by Ellis H. Morris on 8 November 1870 and 21 March 1871, and one by Harmon Vandbuskirk on 30 November 1869. They were bought by American Fork & Hoe Co. in 1926.
Identifying Marks
SANDUSKY TOOL CO/OHIO (in straight lines or scrolled double curve); SANDUSKY TOOL CO/SANDUSKY OHIO (name curved); OGONTZ TOOL CO.

Marketed by Hibbard, Spencer and Bartlett Hardware companies.

They also contracted labor from a local penitentiary. The plane could have been made by an inmate. From the tool catalogs I have found Sandusky didn’t make wooden style planes. They subed it out to Ogontz who contracted the prison system to make them. This is the second plane I have acquired that was produced this way.
When I recieved the plane, the wedge had a small chip and the iron screw was missing.


The body was in almost perfect condition.

I went to the hardware store and purchased a 5/16 coarse thread slotted screw and washer.

The Iron had a bit of bow to it but the bow was in the upper end. A bit of hammer action cured this.

So after straightening the iron and cutting of the excess of the screw.

Now to the sole. My normal method is a piece of glass and some 120 grit.

But after a few passes the sole was not in good condition. Also someone had ran a toothing plane at some point across it.

So the mother of invention called and I needed some coarse paper. I cut 2 sanding belts with the grit of 40 and 80.

That did the trick. I don’t like getting that coarse with a plane but it was needed.

Then it was time for some attention to the body. A good rub down with turpentine and then some linseed oil.

The grain of the beach really came out.

I spent about 30 minutes on the iron trying to take off no telling how many years of corrosion.

Its Friday and getting late so I will place the new jack on my till and go inside. I will get to finishing the iron this weekend.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com



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William

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#1 posted 1231 days ago

The prison labor making these makes for an interesting story. While I’m not into handplanes, you know I like history behind things. I wonder if any of these prisoners ever secretly left thier mark somewhere to identify themselves as the maker of such tools. Just a thought that popped in my head.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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William

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#2 posted 1231 days ago

Is the entire body made of beach? One photo you show the bottom of it and I swear the grain and color looks an awful lot like some of the light mahogany I have. Of course, I don’t know what beach normally looks like. I was just wondering.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dave

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#3 posted 1231 days ago

Its all beach from heal to toe and tote to mouth. William the age makes for powder when you sand on it. The plane is so starved for fluid. When I placed turpentine on it, the plane soaked it up almost before I could rub it in. If you look at the till it is the 4’th from the left. The other planes have had about 3 or 4 oil treatments and look much shinier. The process I showed took about 2 and a half hours. Now the iron work starts. It will take about 4 hours to get it where I want it. The point I am making it is easier to work wood over working iron. Next big project is two metal planes and one very large saw. Thats is going to be a lot of elbow grease. But I have a 28’ joiner coming in. Then my till will be complete. Not. You can never have enough planes. Its an addiction. And I got it bad. It seems I spend more time tweakin tools than I do making projects.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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kenn

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#4 posted 1231 days ago

That’s a sweeeeet collection you’re building, keep going. Us woodworkers need to save all of those planes from the wall of Cracker Barrel and put them back to work. Plus I love your tote.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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Dave

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#5 posted 1231 days ago

Thank you Kenn. You know I can’t hardly eat in that place. Cause I miss my mouth. Cant seam to stop lookin up;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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greengarage

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#6 posted 1231 days ago

Interesting blog post Superdav. I too find myself staring at the walls at Cracker Barrel. I wish I had a huge fireplace with the iron kettle swing in deal and a huge hearth like they have. Food isn’t bad either. I grew up in OH and spent at least a few weekends at Cedar Point Amusement park in Sandusky OH so that’s what drew me to your post. My wife grew up around Mansfield OH which is where the prison is where they filmed Shawshank Redemption. Bit off topic but I also need to get my 5th post so I’ll be able to send a message to a fellow LJ. Cheers

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Dave

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#7 posted 1231 days ago

Very interesting greengarage. Thanks for the information.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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stefang

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#8 posted 1230 days ago

I’m glad all these fine old planes are in your hands Dave. I like the idea that they are being used and not just sitting on a shelf somewhere. That doesn’t mean that I don’t respect collectors who are trying to save these old planes from just disappearing, but it’s just better when they can still do what they were built for.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dave

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#9 posted 1230 days ago

Thank you Mike I do enjoy getting these ole guys working again. Most of them have the owners name stamped in them I wonder at what point did they become unused and put up for sale. Kind of sad but I would wager that the owners are glad to see them used again.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 1228 days ago

now i´m is just a hair from being glad to see your growing collection of working planes
and to turn green of envy ….you are way ahead of me now on having planes that sing again… LOL

they deffently looks good in the till :-)

take care
Dennis

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Dave

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#11 posted 1228 days ago

Thanks Dennis, good to hear from you. I know your very busy. Anyone that has to do a project in the living room and then clean up before Mom gets home. Is indeed a busy man. You will catch up.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#12 posted 1228 days ago

its funny how 2 x deviding a sheed in two can turn out to bee a hole project
taking three – four hours …. LOL

I hope I can get some of my two weeks vacation in the basement and not have to
spend all the time on DIY fixing on the house and the garden after this long winther
it has taking me alot longer than I expected to 1/4 restore the tools but what is make me continue
is both the itch that I get from you ,Dan and many more who posting restored/refurbed tools
and the fact that in the near future …. lol .. I hope mine will be finished in one big wave of tools
and flood the shop and force me to make some toolbox/cabinets to them

take care
Dennis

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Dave

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#13 posted 1228 days ago

Dennis I truly can not wait to see the masterpiece you will build. Spring is here and I to have been gardening. I do love to see new life in anything that can be refurbished. From electron killing devices to hand tools. Dan has a jump on use wit his planes. He had posted though, he was working on them all winter. He sure can make old look new again.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 1228 days ago

yah his tools is to drool over but so is yours
we both haw an idea how much handwork and swett he has put in to them … LOL
one day … maybee I will try his approach and try to make a shinny old tool just for the chanlange of it
but it will take me 3-6 month just to look at it and try put me self together to make the try ….LOL

but don´t hold your breath on the masterpiece …remember I´m still just a newbie with a dream to
make my first shavings …............nearly :-)

take care
Dennis

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Sandra

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#15 posted 160 days ago

Late to the party, but enjoying the info.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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