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Forum topic by Docwks posted 05-16-2010 02:33 AM 2391 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2010 02:33 AM

I picked up a wooden molding plane the other day made by N. E. Tool Works, Groton, CT. I haven’t found much on the maker and was wondering if anyone here on lumberjocks was familiar with the maker. I don’t think they are in business any more, but it is a nice plane and has found a good home.
Bill
N E Tool Works Molding Plane from Groton, CT

-- Bill


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#1 posted 06-06-2010 02:39 PM

My husband was raised in Groton and his father, now deceased,
was a local carpenter. I will ask him if he remembers anything about them.
His mom is still living, she may remember, and have some leads.
I could always check for you at the library, microfiche, when I am in the area.
That would be some interesting research….

Lisa

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 02:58 PM

Sorry to revive a 2 year old thread, but I too have just acquired a N.E. Tool Works plane. Mine is a skew panel raising plane. Looks very similar to the one you have pictured. Stained Tiger Maple, very fine…a keeper for sure. The only reference (so far) to N.E. Tool Works is in the MJD archives:

NE Tools

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#3 posted 06-05-2012 08:03 AM

N. E. Tool Works, Groton, CT

So it appears that NE Tool Works was a tool retailer for Leons plane, and they put their stamp on them.

Handcrafted planes made by Leon Robbins in the 1980’s – 1990’s.
Found a bit of history on the on the business being sold to Crown Plane Company.

Once I found the maker and a bit of history, there is more information to be found.

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#4 posted 06-05-2012 05:51 PM

Lisa-

Fantastic research! Thanks so much.

The Garrett Wade connection makes total sense to me now. The woodworker who sold me my NE Tool Works plane bought a lot of tools from Garrett Wade (during their heyday) in the 80’s. I wonder if NE Tool Works name/company was set up to exclusively supply Garrett Wade.

Crown tools still sells some planes that are very reminiscent (stained maple Gutter Plane) to the one I have, at very reasonable prices.

-- Scott

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