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.
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.
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.
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