Can These Planes Be Saved?

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Forum topic by OutPutter posted 11-10-2007 06:10 AM 1013 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-10-2007 06:10 AM

I’ve run across these tools and I don’t know if they can be saved or not. What do you think? Which ones should I attempt for my first restoration and which should I pass on?


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#1 posted 11-10-2007 08:21 AM

Probably restorable.
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#2 posted 11-10-2007 03:21 PM

The big plane in the bottom photo is done for. the others, may be usable. some of the wooden molding planes are usable some are not. You would just have to clean them up, tune them up and try them. I would like to have a good set of rounds and hollows but I am afraid to buy them on E-Bay because I can’t really tell that much about them. There was a time when you could buy a barrel of these planes for $2.
The factories had tons of them to use and when shapers and routers arrived on the scene these went out the window. My father -in-law had a pile of them that I am trying to get rounded up. The Stanley # 45 and 55 replaced these to an extent and were the routers of their day with lots of irons. I’m told that the quality of work done by the wooden molding planes is superior to that of the multi planes because of better support of the iron. The convenience of the multi plane made it popular because it replaced from 20 to 30 wooden planes. That was a consideration when craftsmen were expected to take their tools to the job site. Phil Edwards shows how to make these type planes on his website. You might check it out.

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#3 posted 11-10-2007 09:59 PM

Thanks for the replys. Since my experience level is not very … let’s say advanced, I guess I’ll have to pass on the planes then. The bottom one is still available but the others seem to have been snatched up already.

Thanks again,

-- Jim

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