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Forum topic by Marn64 posted 03-21-2017 03:31 PM 473 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2017 03:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: chisel plane refurbishing

Hey everyone,
So I did some hunting around this weekend and I got some pretty nice finds! First, the one I am most proud of, is this Buck Brothers chisel (I don’t know the age), the handle has cracks, and I thought that they would be fine, but it turns out that the cracks go very deep. I managed to get the chisel and the ferrule out undamaged. I also found a stanley 118, which looks pretty untouched, with very fine japanning. I took a shaving with the plane, which hasn’t been sharpened in years, and it took a pretty fine one! Finally, I found this “True Value” plane, and I think it may be made by Millers Falls. What do you think?










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#1 posted 03-22-2017 12:29 AM

the plane is made by Millers Falls. The question is…....is the iron original? Dunno!!

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#2 posted 03-22-2017 03:44 PM

True Value was one of the brands by Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. It was one of the lower end tools, as compared to their higher lines that included OVB and Revonoc. The brand was bought out by John Cotter for his hardware distribution company in 1962, which is where the current branding of True Value hardware stores started.

Since HSB&Co sourced tools from a variety of manufacturers and the timing of the brand versus the construction of the plane is about right, I’m inclined to think they started life together. (HSB introduced the True Value brand in 1932, which is about the same time as Millers Falls introduced the 900 series planes, which that appears to be). I haven’t seen a MF manufactured HSB&Co plane before, but they did source braces and some other tools from Millers Falls, so it is very possible they also purchases planes.

If you have any interest in selling that plane, please let me know.

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#3 posted 03-23-2017 05:17 PM

well it look like we’re getting some good fines. Here are three of my latest finds. The little 4” pony clamp for $4. And a #53 and a #54 spoke shaves for $12 and $10. Both with adjustable mouths. I also found a #51 adjustable spoke shave, that had two adjuster screws to adjust the blade. But its still their because I felt that the guy wanted more then it was worth. So when I got home I did what any resalable person would do. I send donw a message, and asked him. He suggested that I check eBay sold list, because he felt it was high as well. After checking. Man did I get a education on spoke shave. Anyone who thinks plane number can be confusing. Spoke shave will really twist your brain. I found that the #51 was high, they are going for any where from $9 to $15 and you can get a new #151 for $18 off Amazon. Then I saw that there is a #151 and a #51 adjustable as well as a #51 fixed. And if that does mess with your mind, then you find out there is a #152, #52 adjustable as well as a fixed. So for $40 its still their and will remain their for me. But I tried the 2 I bought and I like both. I got some really fine shaving from both.

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#4 posted 03-23-2017 05:22 PM


Well here are three of my latest finds. The little 4 pony clamp for $4. And a #53 and a #54 spoke shaves for 412 and $10. Both with adjustable mouths. I also found a #51 adjustable spoke shave, that had two adjuster screws to adjust the blade. But its still their because I felt that the guy wanted more then it was worth. So when I got home I did what any resalable person would do. I send donw a message, and asked him. He suggested that I check eBay sold list, because he felt it was high as well. After checking. Man did I get a education on spoke shave. Anyone who thinks plane number can be confusing. Spoke shave will really twist your brain. I found that the #51 was high, they are going for any where from $9 to $15 and you can get a new #151 for $18 off Amazon. Then I saw that there is a #151 and a #51 adjustable as well as a #51 fixed. And if that does mess with your mind, then you find out there is a #152, #52 adjustable as well as a fixed. So for $40 its still their and will remain their for me. But I tried the 2 I bought and I like both. I got some really fine shaving from both.

- saltfly


Nice Finds! Is there a thread on the hand tool forum about recent finds? There should be :)

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#5 posted 03-23-2017 05:50 PM

I don’t know, but your right it would a good one to start.I just added Mine here because I didn’t want to start a new one. Lazy I guess.

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#6 posted 03-23-2017 05:53 PM

Is there a thread on the hand tool forum about recent finds?

- Marn64

Yes, there is.

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