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Blog entry by timothyee posted 709 days ago 2019 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These pictures are of a hand plane that was given to me by a friend. He picked it up at a local auction for about $5. Since I know nothing about planes, I was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about it. I plan on restoring if possible. The only name on it is Dunlap and I haven’t seen any numbers.

Thanks!

-- timothyee, Florida, http://www.theparacordpost.com



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NH_Hermit

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#1 posted 709 days ago

Kind of looks like a Dunlap #4, but here’s a post from an LJ’er who would know better.

http://lumberjocks.com/NateX/blog/26374

-- John from Horse Shoe

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timothyee

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#2 posted 709 days ago

Thanks, NH Hermit. That looks just like mine. Got some pointers too.

-- timothyee, Florida, http://www.theparacordpost.com

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Don W

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#3 posted 709 days ago

If its 8” long its a Dunlop #3, If its 9” long its dunlop #4.

Dunlop was a handyman line of tools sold by Sears.

Here is my restoration blog

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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timothyee

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#4 posted 709 days ago

Thanks Don W! Mine’s 9” so I guess it’s a #4. I’ll check out your restoration blog.

-- timothyee, Florida, http://www.theparacordpost.com

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Don W

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#5 posted 709 days ago

I just picked one up just like yours. Its my first Dunlop so we’ll see how it turns out. Good luck with yours.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#6 posted 709 days ago

dunlop was a sears brand and that particular plane was possibly made by stanley. millers falls made them as well but have a different lateral lever. after the purchase of sargent stanley used the sargent lateral on planes it made for other companies. ive seen early planes with the lateral that were made by sargent. i would believe that model to be made by stanley post ww2.

-- Got Wood?

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 709 days ago

Because my Dunlap also was a smoother and needed it, you might have to lap the sole of your new plane. This coming from someone who doesn’t lap planes without cause (mine was pretty bad).

Once that was done, it was a decent user indeed. Good luck!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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timothyee

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#8 posted 709 days ago

Thanks for the help/information everyone! Don W I would like to see pictures when your done. Smitty the sole on mine is pretty bad, so will probably have to lap.

-- timothyee, Florida, http://www.theparacordpost.com

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Don W

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#9 posted 709 days ago

I may have steered you wrong. Mine is 9” but only 1 3/4” wide which makes it a #3. So if its 2” wide its a #4.

Here is mine now.

Here are some of my restores.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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Don W

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#10 posted 708 days ago

I’ve got mine cookin;

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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timothyee

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#11 posted 708 days ago

That’s funny, I’ve got mine cooking to. Thanks to all the info from you lumberjocks I put together a 5 gallon bucket etc and made me a electrolysis bath. Don W I like your container, seems like you can see everything better. I think I will change to your set up when I get by Wal-Mart. I’ll put up some pictures latter.

-- timothyee, Florida, http://www.theparacordpost.com

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Don W

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#12 posted 708 days ago

I’m kind of pleasantly surprised at the Dunlop. I was expecting a little cheezier. It’s no bedrock, but its not to bad. Here is what I did to mine.

  • Electrolysis for the larger pieces.(left original japanning and frog finish)
  • Flatten the back of the iron.
  • Wire brushed all parts not finished
  • Flattened the back opf the iron.
  • Filed frog flat (it wasn’t bad at all)
  • Wire brushed chip breaker and polished the business end.
  • wire brushed cap, sides and sole.
  • Sharpened
  • scraped tote
  • Sanded knob and tote
  • finished with dark walnut danish oil

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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SCOTSMAN

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#13 posted 708 days ago

Don would you not get a better overall finish if you removed all the old oil/varvish finish then refinished it from scratch ? It’s just a though , on an otherwise wonderful restoration well done my friend you are right to be proud of this. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Don W

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#14 posted 708 days ago

I never try to remove all of the old patina/history. Would it be better if I did? Maybe to some. I like to leave remnants of its past. You can’t see it in the pictures, but the owner inscribed his name and address in the side of the plane. Should I take it out? Depends on who you talk to.

I’d love to here other opinions. Should it be stripped total? Or should the history remain?

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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timothyee

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#15 posted 707 days ago

Don that looks awsome. I would leave the history especially if the previous owner inscribed it. I got side tracked and was not able to do anything to my plane except take it out of the bath, clean, dry and oil. I was amazed at how well the electrolysis worked. Of course I don’t know a lot about flattening the back of the iron, fileing the frog flat, sharpening, etc…... so I’ve got a little reading to do. Probably some trial and error stuff.

-- timothyee, Florida, http://www.theparacordpost.com

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