Can anyone help me identify this plane please?

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Forum topic by Cubstar posted 04-14-2016 04:36 PM 484 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2016 04:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tools plane record 04 12 question wood

Hi, I have this plane here that I would really like to get some more information about. It is a 4 1/2 model marked 04 1/2. It has no more identification marks on it anywhere at all. I wondered if any other companies aside from Record put a 0 in front of the size like this. It feels like a really good quality tool, enough to make me want to find out more. It has real quality handles – they feel really good. I’m pretty sure it’s quite an early plane because of the feel of it and the low front handle. And the blade is interesting too. Not necessarily the original of course, but it has a hexagonal hole instead of the usual round hole. Also, it is not a parallel thickness blade as I thought is usual with this type of plane. I am now going to try and upload the photos to show all of the above.

-- Tom W

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#1 posted 04-14-2016 04:57 PM

Ohio Tool Co.

They are the only American manufacturer I’m aware of that used the 0 in front of the size. The other features are consistent with an Ohio Tools plane, as well. They are really good quality planes that can be great users. Ohio Tool went out of business in 1920.

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#2 posted 04-14-2016 07:57 PM

Thanks JayT. Really appreciate your help on this one. I’ve just spent a happy half hour reading all about the Ohio Tool Company too. Tom

-- Tom W

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#4 posted 04-18-2016 02:06 PM

You really need to set up the plane properly as you go forward. The frog is set WAY too far back from the mouth. I start with the frog set evenly with the mouth, and make very small adjustments as needed.
Check out some of the hundreds of vids on plane set up and adjustment. Paul Sellers videos are a wealth of info.
You’ve got a great plane. Make it work well for you.


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#5 posted 04-18-2016 04:28 PM

Looks like it has the potential to be a real good user. Good find!

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#6 posted 04-27-2016 06:23 PM

Thank you for the info Don – I know more about Ohio Tool Co now than I do about just about any other tool company – great read.

Thank you Bill – I am always keen to learn and I take your point about the set up. I am not much of a craftsman I’m afraid – I just like old tools, and this one feels like real quality. Hopefully someone somewhere will appreciate using it shortly.

Thanks Aidan, It’s a pretty rare beast over here in UK. Someone will enjoy using it soon I’m sure.

-- Tom W

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