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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 07-01-2017 10:40 PM 1024 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OleGrump

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07-01-2017 10:40 PM

Went to garage sale about two weeks ago, and among other items ( a total of $17.00 spent in tools), I bought a nice little wooden smoothing plane. It didn’t have a tag, so I asked the old lady having the sale how much it was. I almost fainted when she said “Three dollars”. I held onto tightly while I browsed through the other items.
I tried to post photos of this plane, but LJ makes it damned near IMPOSSIBLE to do. (Why the hell can’t you just upload them from your PC like ANY OTHER message Group on the planet…???)
I’ll try to describe it as best I can. Wooden smooth plane, 9 1/2 inches long, appears to be rosewood, the body design looks to be European rather than American or English, and is probably home made. There is a slight curve dipping gracefully between the toe and the throat. The wedge is solid with no cut away to expel shavings nor a slot for a cap iron screw. The iron is inserted in the throat “upside-down” or “backwards, with the blade on top and the cap iron on the bottom, with the cap iron screw facing the heel. Just rear of the iron is an oblong hole near the top of the plane and running through and across the entire body. On a larger plane, it might have been for a wooden rod for tying a rope so a helper could pull it, but this is only a small smoothing plane.
The plane works very well, even with the odd blade and cap iron arrangement. Possibly this is a relatively more “modern ” iron, and perhaps the original was of the one solid blade style. If anyone here has a similar plane or any ideas about it, I’d love to hear from you. Sorry that I couldn’t post photos, but I lost too much time in futile attempts at it. Barry

-- OleGrump


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JayT

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#1 posted 07-01-2017 10:46 PM

I tried to post photos of this plane, but LJ makes it damned near IMPOSSIBLE to do. (Why the hell can t you just upload them from your PC like ANY OTHER message Group on the planet…???)

- OleGrump

You can upload direct from your PC. Above the text box that you type in is a brown button that says “img”. Click that, then the “Choose File” button. A window will open to allow you to navigate to where the picture is at on your PC, select the picture, hit “Open” and it will go back to the LJ page and click “Insert this image”. Takes longer to type out than to actually do. The only limitation is that the pic must be under 5mb.

Please do post pics. I’d like to see the plane.

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PaGeorge

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#2 posted 07-01-2017 10:46 PM

Not even going to take a guess…Post a picture of the plane,,work thru it like everyone else..I know that isn’t what you wanted to hear but,,,,That’s what it’s going to take….

-- PaGeorge

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HerbC

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#3 posted 07-01-2017 10:52 PM

Uploading photos is easy…

Just click on the img button on the comment dialog and select the image file from a location on your local computer. Once you’ve selected the image, click on the “Insert this image” button and it will put code for the image in the comment window. You can repeat the process to add another image. It always inserts the image into the first line of the comment dialog but you can cut and paste it anywhere else in the window. You can use the Preview button to verify the photo and where you have it placed.

You don’t have to use photobucket to host the photos, especially now that they want a lot of money to let you host photos there. LumberJocks has a relationship with Google and uses the Google services to upload and store your photos.

HTH

Herb

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OleGrump

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#4 posted 07-02-2017 02:23 PM

Photos posted! A sincere and hearty THANK YOU to the gentleman who provided practical advise on how to do this. “Photo Bucket” was singularly uncooperative.

-- OleGrump

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bandit571

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#5 posted 07-02-2017 03:14 PM

Chinese made smooth plane…

I had the Jack plane version. Thumbs go behind the iron, index fingers go along the sides like pointers, rest of the fingers wrap around the handle. Can be either a single iron or double.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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AlaskaGuy

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#6 posted 07-02-2017 06:24 PM

Photo bucket is no longer allowing photo from you albums to be impeded in forums unless you what to pay 399.00 per year.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Loren

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#7 posted 07-02-2017 06:30 PM

Check this one out. Found by Googling
“Thailand wood plane”. I thought the
plane didn’t exactly look like the Chinese
style one’s I’ve seen. I thought it looked
more Thai or Indonesian.

http://www.lazada.com.ph/mini-plane-100mm-wood-plane-high-speed-steel-blade-woodworkingplane-3943531.html?spm=a2o4l.category-060520100000.0.0.JHx7BW&ff=1&sc=EQsa

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OleGrump

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#8 posted 07-02-2017 10:50 PM

Loren, Thank you for sharing this link. I checked it out and the photos sure do look pretty doggone similar! (I don’t know how the money converts, but I suspect I paid “market price…...:-) I see there is a rod in both the Chinese and Thai style planes, to be used as another gentleman posted, so at least I got that part right…... I must confess to pushing it in the Anglo-American manner, because that’s the way I know, but maybe I’ll try the Eastern method to see how it works and feels. I never suspected that this would be an Asian plane. Hmmmm…....I guess I’ll never know how it came to be in a barn here in the red-neck area where I live…....LOL Thank you guys for your fascinating information about this interesting plane!

-- OleGrump

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bandit571

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#9 posted 07-04-2017 12:36 AM

Chinese pushed, Japanese pulled their planes…..Thais….more like Chinese..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 07-04-2017 01:10 AM

If you look for “Mujingfang” on the planes page at Japan Woodworker, you’ll see a number of Indonesian style planes. They take some getting used to, but the prices are cheap and I’ve found them to be pretty usable once you get the hang of holding them as pointed out above.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Loren

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#11 posted 07-04-2017 01:24 AM

Even western style planes can be pulled. I do
it often when hand planing. The dominant
stroke in Japan is pulling and I don’t know
if they ever push, but my understanding of
the Asian planes with the side handles is that
they are pulled when the wood is tough and
pushed in ordinary use.

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