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Forum topic by Dex posted 12-29-2007 11:47 PM 1876 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dex

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12-29-2007 11:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: old wooden hand plane

Hi all! Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas…
I got this wooden plane from my mother-in-law. She picked it up at a flea market here in town. I was wondering if anyone could tell me more about it. I know very little about hand planes.
It has the words Revonoc and HSB & Co on the front of the plane, and also on the iron. It is 15” long, 2.5” wide, and little less than 1.5” tall.

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Thanks for any info!

Happy New Year all!

Dex

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#1 posted 12-30-2007 12:01 AM

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#2 posted 12-30-2007 01:15 AM

You have a transitional plane. At 15 inches it would be considered a “Jack”. Teh name is confusing because there were cast iron planes while these were popular and there is nothing “transitional about them in an evolutionary sense. It is just that they combine the advantage of ease of adjustment with the traditional wood on wood sole. I have no idea who the maker was. For a lot of good information on planes pick up Garrett Hack’s “Handplane Book”. There is no reason you can’t tune this plane up and use it. The sole can be laped on sand paper on a smooth surface. Enjoy it.

I just read Daren’s link. Good information

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-30-2007 05:28 AM

Ditto what Thos. said.

One of your concerns with an old transitional is how worn the base is – especially how “open” the mouth is – I can’t expalin the mechanics but it makes it difficult to plane fine shavings if there’s too much distance between the blade and the wood of the front edge of the mouth.

Your plane was made for the Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett Hardware Co. of Chicago by Stanley and other manufacturers of the era. “Revonoc” was the hardware co. brand name.

-- Paul, Texas

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#4 posted 01-02-2008 07:46 PM

Thanks for the info all. And BTW the mouth is quite “open”. I tried to get the iron back so it would not cut into the surface I have it sitting on. No such luck…. Oh well, it looks good where it is, I think I will leave it there as a display.

-- If it ain't country, it ain't music!

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#5 posted 07-09-2011 04:31 AM

it’s a Hibbard Spenser Bartlett & Co transitional jack plane. Rev o noc is the name of one of the company’s early principals name Conover spelled backwards. The iron was probably made by the Ohio Tool Co if it is tapered. Make sure the iron is bedded on both the metal frog and the wood of the plane for best results.
Good luck with the plane.

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