Rhykenology #7: Weird aluminum planes

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Blog entry by toolmike posted 12-21-2013 03:53 AM 1240 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Another weirder aluminum plane – “THE BOSTON” Part 7 of Rhykenology series Part 8: The block planes of superheroes! »

Aluminum block planes are some of the strangest of planes around. They appeared for a brief period during the wars, and maybe again in the 1950s. Two of the strangest are the UTIL and The BOSTON – from unknown companies.

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#1 posted 12-21-2013 12:11 PM

My guess is that aluminum was cheap either before or after WWII and companies were trying to come up with products made of it to sell. I’m thinking that boxite was probably cheap and it didn’t take a lot of energy to smelt it and machine tools used to finish it wouldn’t wear down to quickly either. Steel was available, but I can imagine that prices might have been relatively high since the US had little competition with the German and Japanese steel industries were devastated from the war. Just a theory. Maybe not a good one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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