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11-13-2016 01:40 AM

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While doing some work at my grandmother’s today I was looking through my grandfather’s tool like I always do and this time I found a hand plane that I’m excited to use!
Grandma said she thought he had it since maybe the 40’s? Though I don’t know?
Anyways I would like to have someone restore it to working condition as I only know how to use it (barely, but I’m learning).
Obviously I would pay to have this done, anyone know where to start?
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#1 posted 11-13-2016 02:18 AM

Try Aidan1211 or Don W on this site or contact Don through his site timetestedtools.net

If you don’t find anyone, I can do it for you but, I don’t have a spare tote and haven’t had much luck in the past repairing ones broken that badly.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 11-13-2016 02:27 AM

If no one else works out then shoot me a pm.

Edit: Kenny got it to before me.

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#3 posted 11-13-2016 02:34 AM

Neat. It will mean a lot to you when using it for years to come.

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#4 posted 11-13-2016 02:38 AM


If no one else works out then shoot me a pm.

Edit: Kenny got it to before me.

- TheFridge

All yours fridge. Busted totes ain’t my bag!;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 11-13-2016 04:04 AM

Awesome, not sure if it’s busted though other then maybe tuneup, but again I just don’t know enough.
Even though you’re a VT guy, you might be my guy.
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#6 posted 11-13-2016 04:31 AM

You shouldn’t have mentioned the school that shall not be named! I’ll send it back with an orange base and maroon knob and tote ;-p

I didn’t mean the plane is busted, just the tote (rear handle). The plane itself looks fine -all parts present and rusting doesn’t look too bad. Like I said though, the broken handles are usually tossed in my shop and I don’t have an extra right now or any appropriate wood to make a proper one. I’d give fridge a crack at it. He does good stuff and will almost certainly turn it around faster than me. I’m pretty swamped at present.

If ypu don’t get someone else though, definitely let me know. We’ll definitely get that plane up and running with the best of em one way or another.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 11-13-2016 05:03 AM

There is one other thing missing…..a lateral lever?

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#8 posted 11-13-2016 01:38 PM

Lever cap is ‘inside out,’ and I’m curious if there’s any kind of logo or markings on it. That might help date it and actually ID the manufacturer.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#9 posted 11-13-2016 02:55 PM

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#10 posted 11-13-2016 03:03 PM

Wonder if it’s WWII type? Painted wood is one of the markers there. But the tote is much more block-ish than normal for that period. That makes it a 1950s/60s piece maybe.

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#11 posted 11-13-2016 03:15 PM

He was a combat engineer in WWll and had a few other hand tools from his time in the service

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#12 posted 11-13-2016 03:44 PM

It’s truly not that difficult to clean one up. Read all that you can on the net and watch a few YouTube videos. Take a little time, a brass wire wheel does wonders on the rust. Evaporust is an awesome product. A piece of thick glass or scrap granite counter and various grits of wet/dry sandpaper, your off to the races.

I’m pretty sure others here will tell you, planes are sort of like potato chips, chocolate chips cookies or French fries.
You just can’t stop after the first one!

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#13 posted 11-13-2016 05:18 PM



Wonder if it s WWII type? Painted wood is one of the markers there. But the tote is much more block-ish than normal for that period. That makes it a 1950s/60s piece maybe.

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

Black painted wood were in the type 18 (1946-47) too, but Rosewood returned after that, then went to lighter stained wood in the 60’s. The brass depth adjustment says it may be type 18, but apparently some war models had the brass too. I can’t tell from the pictures if it has the heavier type 17 casting or not. Maybe if you can find a marking like 444 on the blade, it can date that part at least for you.

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#14 posted 11-13-2016 05:27 PM

This “U” is the only other marking I can find. Not sure if that’s helpful in the least.

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#15 posted 11-13-2016 05:28 PM

I agree with Bob to work on it yourself. Take it apart clean it up flatten the sole and sharpen it. By doing it yourself you will learn about the plane and it’s working parts. Doing it yourself is fairly inexpensive. Every plane I do I learn something new.

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