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DW833

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04-21-2016 02:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: handplane restoration 80 51 12 plane

Came across several hand planes recently. Today picked up five stanley planes at flea market.
Paid $56 for all five. Averaged out to $11 each. They are #5, 2 #4s, #3, #12. Most are in OK shape once I clean them up. One broken cap iron. The #12 sole is in rough shape. I have no idea why, but someone drilled four holes in it. They don’t look like unintentional or incidental damage. I checked on ebay and saw two other #12s that have similar holes. Any thoughts on why this was done?

Tapped on one #4 and sounds like it may be cracked, but no exterior or obvious break.

Don’t have pictures, but about a month ago got a #80 cabinet scraper, #51 spoke shave and a transitional plane similar to a #7 jointer plane. I have a lot of restoration to work on the next month.




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#1 posted 04-21-2016 02:53 AM

That is because those #12s had a rosewood sole…

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#2 posted 04-21-2016 02:54 AM

Also, forgot to mention in original post that #12 has a block plane iron instead of the #12 iron. Need to get one.

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#3 posted 04-21-2016 02:56 AM

Thanks bandit. Most of the pictures I’ve seen of the #12 don’t have the wood sole or holes. Should the #12 only be used with a wood sole?

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#4 posted 04-21-2016 02:59 AM

Look up Patrick Leach’s “Blood & Gore” then look up what he has to say about the #12. You MIGHT try the cutter from that #80 in a pinch…

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#5 posted 04-21-2016 05:28 AM

It is the 12½ which came with a rosewood sole

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#6 posted 04-21-2016 12:36 PM

Soooo, someone has modified this plane to accept either the thin rosewood sole ( 12-1/2) or the 13/16 blocks like a #12-3/4. The way this sole looks, I’d say it has been used for a while with the sole.

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#7 posted 04-21-2016 12:45 PM

That’s a homerun! I’m gonna say it … you suck!

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#8 posted 04-21-2016 01:09 PM



Thanks bandit. Most of the pictures I ve seen of the #12 don t have the wood sole or holes. Should the #12 only be used with a wood sole?

- DW833

A scraper plane can be used either way—metal or wood sole. The original #12 just had the cast iron sole, while the #12-1/2 came with a rosewood sole, as the others have mentioned. I agree that it looks like someone modified this one to use a wooden sole and had it on there for a long time. (If it came with the wooden sole orginally, the base casting would say 12-1/2) That’s probably what caused the rust and pitting. No worries, it’ll clean up to a good user and the pitting won’t affect use.

There are several places that offer replacement blades for a #12. Some of them are thick steel, others are thinner spring steel, like it would have come with originally. Personally, I don’t think the thicker blade offers any advantage. I bought a replacement blade for my #12 from TGIAG

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