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Forum topic by patcollins posted 06-25-2015 09:04 PM 744 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2015 09:04 PM

A friend gave me this, it is in good shape, anyone know what I have here?


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#1 posted 06-25-2015 09:11 PM

Craftsman #5 jack plane. Looks like it was made by Millers Falls. Should make a good user once cleaned up.

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#2 posted 06-25-2015 09:13 PM

A #5 Jack plane, made by Millers falls(just got a better look at the lateral lever) for Sears.

There may be a few numbers/letters stamped either on the side of the body, or at the top of the iron. Maybe a “5D BB”

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#3 posted 06-25-2015 10:30 PM

So what is a jack plane for?

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#4 posted 06-25-2015 11:10 PM

#5’s are called jack planes because they are jack of all trades and can be used in almost any hand plane application, depending on how they are set up. Most people that have multiple hand planes set them up for rough work with a wide open mouth and cambered iron (radiused cutting edge). They work great in this configuration to scrub rough lumber, remove twist and cup and quickly take a board to desired dimension. Similar to how you would use a powered jointer and planer on rough lumber to get it to ready to use.

You could also sharpen the iron straight across and use it as a short jointing plane (straightening edges and flattening panels) or as smoothing plane. It’s a bit short for a lot of jointing and a bit long to be a really effective smoother, but can work for any of those. Hence, the jack of all trades, master of none.

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#5 posted 06-26-2015 03:49 AM



A friend gave me this, it is in good shape, anyone know what I have here?

- patcollins


Like Bandit and JayT said it’s a Jack plane made by Millers Falls. Millers Falls made quality tools for decades during the 20th century. #5’s are probably the most common size of all the different bench planes.


So what is a jack plane for?
- patcollins

Clean it up. Lightly lubricate all of the adjustment parts. Sharpen the blade. Then you will have a tool that will
help you remove wood in a controlled way. Planes are versatile tools and a jack plane is a versatile plane. Thank your friend.
chuck

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#6 posted 06-26-2015 04:03 AM

And..this is what they look like when restored, and working..

Millers Falls No. 14, type2.

Seems to do a decent enough job

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