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Forum topic by Dan posted 1261 days ago 672 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan

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1261 days ago

Hey folks,

I recently won an auction for a lot of 5 hand planes. They were all different makes and in pretty rough shape. I was cleaning them up a bit to see what I had to work with and got stumped with this one. I could not find any markings that would help me ID the plane. I did find one small marking which appears to be the letter U with a circle around it.

I don’t believe this plane to be worth anything and I am assuming it was cheap based on the way its made. The Frog and cap lever(?) are made out of a thinner metal. Also the blade depth adjustment knob is made of metal and has a weird star pattern. I spent some time searching pictures of many different plane makes and I couldn’t find any like this.

I don’t plan on using it so the quality and value don’t matter to me. I would just like to know what make it is or anything else that can help me ID and date it.

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-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"


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natrous

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#1 posted 1261 days ago

Holy cow. I think I have this exact plane. I was literally going to take a picture tonight after work and ask the very same question on here – what is it?

I got mine passed down from my great-grandfather, and it’s in pretty bad shape – but I wanted to know at least what it was.

I hope someone can answer this question for you (and me!)

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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Dan

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#2 posted 1261 days ago

I can usually find some kind of marking on the planes that will help me ID them. I cleaned this one up a lot since the picture was taken and looked it up and down, took it all apart and the only thing I saw was the U with a circle around it. I hope someone can help and I will continue to search.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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natrous

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#3 posted 1261 days ago

Yes, forgot to mention before but I found the U and ‘Made In USA’ stamped under it – and that was all.

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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natrous

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#4 posted 1261 days ago

Because you got me into this, I started researching more instead of going back to work!

The one they talk about here is a little shorter, but it looks awful similar:

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/1403

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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swirt

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#5 posted 1261 days ago

Doesn’t ring a bell. Looks like a cool adjuster nob. Still looks like a useable jack plane. Everyone needs an inexpensive beater plane in their collection ;) Even if you already have a jack, keep this one set course and the other set more fine and you have a good pair.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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David Kirtley

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#6 posted 1261 days ago

That is the perfect plane to keep handy for when someone wants to borrow tools!

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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