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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 07-06-2010 01:01 AM 1070 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2010 01:01 AM

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At an antique shop I bought a rather unusual plane, marked only as “No. 4 1/2” I’m currently soaking it in EvapoRust, and I now see the blade is inscribed “RAE” inside an oval. Anyone familiar with this trademark? It’s crazy heavy, too, more like a bedrock than a typical #4. Google searches turn up lots of stuff, mostly about a writer Andy Rae of FWW. And, Rae aircraft planes! This plane, I’m guessing, is 30’s or 40’s. Any clue? Thx!

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#1 posted 07-06-2010 05:24 AM

The 4 1/2 is typically a wider (and heavier) than a number 4. The designation of a 1/2 typically translates to wider in Stanley speak. RAE is not something that rings a bell with me.

I did find http://www.raetool.com/ but they only started in 1996 so probably were not related. Hopefully more markings may emerge from the evaporust.

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#2 posted 07-06-2010 05:46 AM

The name on the blade may not be the actual plane brand. Occasionally, blades are swapped or replaced with one that was not manufactured by the same company as the plane. Are there ant names or markings on any other parts? Also, can you post a pic or two?

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#3 posted 07-06-2010 01:21 PM

You might want to look at Patricks blood and gore for a description of the Stanley 4 1/2 – ito see if your is the same size, etc. http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan1.htm

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#4 posted 07-07-2010 12:19 AM

Here’s some photo links… hope it goes okay…IMG]http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk161/poopiekat/Plane/IMG_0556.jpg[/IMG] "Rae" cutter
No 4 1/2 plane

There’s no other logo on the plane. Evapo-rust really did the trick this time, and I’ve come to expect hit-or miss with this product in the past. I believe it is a re-branded Stanley, perhaps with a house-brand decal or label attached to it at one time. Most surprising is the total lack of info on the cutter manufacturer in Google, which really has me stumped. Yes, I’m a frequent visitor to ‘Patrick’s Blood and Gore”and that website acknoledges variations in castings dimensions…...the iron looks like any typical Stanley-type, with no taper. Thanks, all for your concern!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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