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Forum topic by fatman51 posted 09-27-2015 06:51 AM 865 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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fatman51

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09-27-2015 06:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane smoothing plane question

This plane has a 2 inch wide iron, it is 9-1/4 inches long, total. It has a corrugated sole. Maybe a beech knob and tote? It has a cast iron frog and a brass adjustment knob. It seems well made and it works well, making nice shavings, thick and thin. This plane is my favorite smoother of three, the others are a Fulton with a stamped frog and late model Craftsman with green paint or japanning, which I have pictured for comparison.

I know very little about it and it is not stamped Made in the USA, or USA. There are no identifying markers that I know of other than the logo on the iron. I studied the weathered stamping on the iron once, looked like, C O M A R or C O M A D M F G, New York. I wonder if either the iron is aftermarket sold by some long lost maker or a company logo as many of old factories must have had their own pattern shops and woodshops. The only company that I have found so far is called Comar, an existing glass and plastic product manufacturer that started in 1949, which would fit. I have never had the chance to compare it to a Stanley or a Millers Falls. Nothing crucial, but I would like to know more about what I have if anyone has any insight.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin


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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 09-27-2015 09:06 AM

You can’t swing a dead possum by the tail without hitting a knockoff of the Stanley 4. That’s what I thought I was looking at. But, then, I’m not an aficionado.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 09-27-2015 12:40 PM

My bet would be a Stanley Defiance,

http://www.timetestedtools.com/stanley-defiance.html

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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fatman51

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#3 posted 09-27-2015 05:22 PM

You are right on that Mark. Around here every garage sale or flea market booth is likely to have some form of a No 4 and no 5 for sale. Thats where I bought these. Thanks Don. I followed that link. I certainly looks just like the Stanley defiance. I seem to remember Patrick of the blood and Gore saying that Stanley’s can turn up with a MFG company logo on the Iron.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 09-29-2015 03:23 AM



My bet would be a Stanley Defiance,

http://www.timetestedtools.com/stanley-defiance.html

- Don W

The lateral lever is right for defiance.

-- occasional musings on my blog: www.bridgerberdel.wordpress.com

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fatman51

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#5 posted 09-30-2015 04:45 AM

Thanks! I took the plain to my Dad’s shop over the weekend and compared it to a couple of old Stanleys. Looks pretty much the same. It is certainly a nicer tool than the others pictured. I have had the thing for years, I don’t know why i was not curious before.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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