|Forum topic by emiliof||posted 06-20-2015 02:36 PM||956 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
06-20-2015 02:36 PM
I bought a presumably old handplane. The seller could not explain its origin, only that it belonged to his father. I have been looking for this plane or similar ones on the internet but I haven’t found anything.
I bought it without the iron. The lever cap was sort of sharpened, which looks to me like a desperate attempt to make it work without the iron, because the lever cap is long enough for protruding from the mouth. I guess the lever cap is that long because it also plays the role of the chip breaker. I may well be wrong.
The brand on the lever cap is Stahls, apparently swedish, but I can not tell it for sure after a long searching session on google.
It’s about the size of a #3 Stanley plane but the iron is 1 5/8” wide instead of 1 3/4”. I fitted an iron from an old block plane and it works well. Its body is made of aluminium.
It does not have a frog like the stanley bailey planes but a sort of ramp where the iron rests. The ramp is part of the body and it has a minimalistic structure in terms of volume. This design, combined with the fact that the plane has an aluminium body, renders a very lightweight tool. I guess the absence of the chip breaker could have been a decision for making it very lightweight. Including the iron I fitted to it, this handplane weighs 600 grams, that is 1-1/3 pounds, having a 9-1/8 inches long sole.
Judging by visible consequences on the heel, I also guess the technique for tuning the cut depth includes tapping the heel with a hammer, like you do for wooden planes.
Are my guesses right? Could anyone tell a bit more about this plane? Should I improve my googling techniques? :-)