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Forum topic by Evowood posted 03-23-2016 03:12 PM 921 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Evowood

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03-23-2016 03:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: millers falls hand plane craigslist

It is a very old, lightly used Miller Falls No. 9 hand plane. There is a little pain on the back handle, but no chips. Lots of surface rust that I need to clean up. I will be sharpening the iron along with my chisels and block plane iron this weekend. I will post more pictures as I make progress.

I have no idea what year it was made. If anyone has a way of telling please let me know. Also, if you have any good guides for restoring old planes that would be great as well.

By the way, I paid $40 for it. Whole lot cheaper than $200 for a new LN or Veritas


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13o13

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#1 posted 03-23-2016 03:15 PM

Paul Sellers is a great resource. Here’s a blog post… https://paulsellers.com/2011/05/restoring-smoothing-planes/

I’d recommend checking out his youtube videos, as well. He’s got an excellent video on properly sharpening plane blades, as well.

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#2 posted 03-23-2016 06:05 PM

Start in the middle with rust removal and work from there. http://lumberjocks.com/OSU55/blog/archive

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#3 posted 03-24-2016 12:28 AM

you can determine its age here, http://oldtoolheaven.com/bench/benchtypes.htm

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 02:03 PM

I am pretty sure it is a post war type 2. It has the cocobolo rosewood handle and a no date stamped on the iron

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#5 posted 03-29-2016 03:20 PM

That’s a stained hardwood tote & knob, not cocobolo. Makes it a Type 3.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#6 posted 03-29-2016 08:55 PM

haha, thanks for clearing that up. I wish I was right. I can’t wait to clean it up. Need to get it soaking this weekend.

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#7 posted 04-18-2016 05:07 PM

Post war for sure stained hardwood and steel knurl depth adjuster. Don’t soak it too long the cast iron gets gross. You have a plane there that can be made to be awesome. I buy them every chance I get. $40 is steep for what you got but with some elbow grease and fettling it would be worth way more and work better than some that cost three times that much. Good find. Be careful you’ll end up like me and turn into a Millers Falls junkie, doesn’t take long. If you have any questions about it or need anything for it pm me.

-- its better to plan on the task at hand than actually doing it........ You look smarter.

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Evowood

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#8 posted 04-26-2016 02:21 PM

Yeah, I know what you mean about wanting to buy more. I ended up buying an MF #18c on eBay for $40 as well. It is in really good shape. Unlike the #9, this one needs absolutely no work. Just sharpen the bade and go. It is either a post war type 2 or type 3. I don’t know how to tell with the wood, but it does have the brass adjuster.

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#9 posted 04-26-2016 07:54 PM

Sweet. I, too, found a No 9 that cleaned up nicely and I, too, am now hooked on MF. I really want to pick up a 22 or 24, but I sure wouldn’t pass up that 18 for $40.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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Bill White

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#10 posted 04-26-2016 09:42 PM

AWWWWWW! You MF guys are just not in the groove. EVERYBODY knows that the Stans are in.
Don’t tell Robert that I said so. He’s a dyed in the wool MF junky. Can’t help it. Oh well…....
I’ll finish draining my compressor.
BTW, I don’t have any MF planes. If someone wants to send me one to try…......................
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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