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Bob #2

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03-14-2010 12:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question no 78 rabbit plane plane

I adopted this plane a few days ago and noticed the Japanning is red/maroon in color.
Has anybody seen this before or did someone trick this one out “post factory”?

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From wood stuff 2010

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 01:05 AM

Nice adoption Bob

The chipping doesn’t look like any black underneath.

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#2 posted 03-14-2010 01:14 AM

That’s what threw me to Karson.
If the previous owner completely stripped the plane and then re-Japanned it then it would make perfect sense.
I can’t figure out why I felt would change colors like that because it’s a dead giveaway that the finish is not original..

or… was it a special run from the factory

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#3 posted 03-14-2010 01:42 AM

i have a stanley block plane that is the same color, i bought just because no one else in the shop has one like it. if it goes missing no one can hide it. they must have done a run one year in that color.

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#4 posted 03-14-2010 02:22 AM

I’ve seen that color on a couple of “newer” Stanleys. Newer being a relative term.

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#5 posted 03-14-2010 02:27 AM

I’m not a hand tool person, but that is a nice looking plane. Does the blade move to the forward position as well? That would be useful for tight spots.

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#6 posted 03-14-2010 02:30 AM

Factory original …

Later model.

Details escape me at the moment but this looks great.

Somewhere during my “plane insane” period I went looking for these as a great buy.

If you’re the least bit unhappy with this, let me know, I revisit the “plane it” asylum occasionally.


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#7 posted 03-14-2010 02:51 AM

I have seen the color before as well.

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#8 posted 03-14-2010 03:00 PM

Nice plane no matter what the colour

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#9 posted 03-14-2010 04:20 PM

Nice find Bob.

Who keeps drawing on your bench?


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#10 posted 03-14-2010 05:58 PM

HI Lee:
“Who keeps drawing on your bench?”
A few years back I hurriedly cut out a circle from some 3/4” plywood without first checking the length of my jig saw blade and adjusting for it .
I keep it on there now the humiliate me when I start feeling like I’m getting too smart from my britches. <vbg>

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#11 posted 03-14-2010 07:28 PM

There’s a fence for one of those for sale on Ebay that appears to be the same color.

It says made in England. So I’m wondering if the English manufacture of those were painted that color.

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#12 posted 03-14-2010 07:35 PM

I will have to do some more sleuthing when time presents.
It is a the first one I have seen personally.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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