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Forum topic by steveinaz posted 10-10-2016 06:47 PM 424 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2016 06:47 PM

I just purchased this plane at an estate sale. After I got it home I looked, but could not find any reference to a manufacturer. It’s 15” long, 2 1/2 ” wide, the iron is 2”.. That’s all the info I have. All help is appreciated.

-- Steve in AZ


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#1 posted 10-10-2016 08:23 PM

Take a picture of the lateral or take a peek here, http://www.timetestedtools.net/2016/01/26/quickly-identify-your-hand-plane/

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#2 posted 10-10-2016 08:39 PM

Don’s the resident expert, but if I had to guess, I’d say it is an Ohio #26. They usually had a much nicer finish on the iron parts, smoother than any Stanley of the day! I’d clean up the cutter, there may be a logo under all that dirt and oxidation.

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#3 posted 10-10-2016 08:41 PM

Can’t help with the maker, but sure looks like a good start for a keeper “tranney” (transitional) plane.
How’s the iron and breaker?
Bill

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#4 posted 10-10-2016 09:01 PM

My guess would have been Union, but Ohio is a strong possibility. We may need to see the cap as well.

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#5 posted 10-10-2016 09:12 PM

Check the front end of the plane body, as well as the sides (as indicated by arrows)

You’re looking for logo/maker/model no. stamped into wood

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#6 posted 10-10-2016 09:19 PM



My guess would have been Union, but Ohio is a strong possibility. We may need to see the cap as well.

- Don W

Union is my first guess, with the twisted lateral and what looks to be a smooth lever cap.

Definitely check the front of the wood body for a stamping. It may be very light and difficult to see.

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#7 posted 10-11-2016 01:23 AM

I had pulled the cast body from the wooden base and there is a number 26 cast in the underside. I’m thinking this is a good indication that it is an Ohio #26.
I’ve only posted a few times and have been amazed at how knowledgeable and helpful you people are. Thanks so much for your help.

-- Steve in AZ

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#8 posted 10-11-2016 12:10 PM

If it was an Ohio, it would be 026. Its probably a Union.

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#9 posted 10-11-2016 01:46 PM

I guess I’m still a bit unsure. The cast top has a 26, there are no markings on the wood base, the iron/cutter has the nut cut out on the top of the blade (Keen Kutter?) and the iron cap has the mustache, but a smooth finish.

-- Steve in AZ

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#10 posted 10-11-2016 03:28 PM

There isn’t any stamping on the iron?

I’m still with Union. Those parts are identical to those I used to build the last shooting plane and they came off of a Union transitional. There’s only so many manufacturers to pick from and it’s definitely not a Stanley with that smooth lever cap. Check the parts in this pic:

Edit: Here’s a closeup of those parts to see them better.

The iron is different because the original Union was too pitted to salvage so used a later Stanley that is in the pic, but the original iron had the cut out just like yours. There are several manufacturers that had the cut out at the top of the iron around the turn of the century and later switched to the bottom.

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#11 posted 10-11-2016 04:24 PM

JayT, I’m not sure of the significance, but your lever cap has a somewhat crinkle finish, mine is more smooth. I’m getting some evaporust later today and will soak the parts. I’ll let you know if something turns up.
Side question; is it wise to send the wooden block through a thickness planer or over a jointer to smooth the bottom and/or the sides?

-- Steve in AZ

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#12 posted 10-11-2016 04:32 PM


JayT, I m not sure of the significance, but your lever cap has a somewhat crinkle finish, mine is more smooth.

- steveinaz

There is no significance. Mine is smooth, just pitted from rust. It was also repainted because of that, so the finish is not original.

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#13 posted 10-11-2016 07:37 PM

I agree with JayT

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#14 posted 10-12-2016 02:34 PM

After soaking in Evaporust, the cutter says “Lakeside” in script.

-- Steve in AZ

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#15 posted 10-12-2016 10:47 PM

Lakeside was a Montgomery Ward’s brand.

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