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02-27-2011 05:34 AM

I have been thinking about picking up a hand plane for a while now. Just never knew what would be a good price for one. There are sooo many out there and all different sizes for different uses. Well today I ran across these 2 planes at a swap meet. Got BOTH of them for $23.00!!!! Could not believe that was all the guy wanted. (well he wanted 20 for the one and 10 for the other but I only had 23 on me, so he gave me both)
Sometimes it pays to go just before closing time. hehe

The one on the left is a 1950’s RECORD No5 the LEVER CAP is from a Millers Falls plane but from what I found on-line the rest is original.
Here are some more pics.

The only ,marking on the smaller of the planes is ”Made in USA” under the handle, and on the upper end of the blade.

Both have smooth bottoms and very little rust. The blade on the RECORD has a little bit of pitting.

The RECORD is 14 inches long X 2 3/8 wide.

The no name is 9 1/4×2 1/8.

Now all I need is to have someone teach me how to fine tune tem and use them. haha

Thanks for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 02-27-2011 05:46 AM

Scrappy, that looks like a great score.

Their is plenty of info on the web for cleaning and tuning them.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 05:53 AM

You are the man! Nothing like a tool gloat to make for a fine day!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 06:04 AM

You’re going to have fun this weekend ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 06:31 AM

Very nice Scrappy. Great score.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 02-27-2011 01:16 PM

Nice find Scrappy they were Cheap as a cage full of budgerigars. The Record no.5 Jack plane is a good tool to have & they can be set up to take paper thin shavings & work with the best of ‘em

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#6 posted 02-27-2011 03:46 PM

Great score Scrappy! It won’t take you long to find a hundred good resources here and on the net to clean and tune them.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#7 posted 02-27-2011 06:47 PM

great score next time you go out i need to tag along
i saw a great podcast on tuning a hand plane some time last year if i rember i will pm you

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#8 posted 02-27-2011 11:31 PM

I feel I should warn you that buying old hand planes can be addictive. I bought my first about 6 months ago and now I have 20. Fortunately, most of them did not cost much, but I find them incredibly interesting.

I guess I am a small collector. In theory, all of my planes are functional if I take the time to tune and sharpen. However, in actual practice, I will probably use 6 or fewer. So far, the only plane I have used very much is a L-N #4 that is tuned and sharp. FYI – I also bought that one used, but it was not cheap like most of the others.

Perhaps my favorite, so far, is a pre-civil war plane manufactured by the Ohio Tool Company.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 02-28-2011 12:26 AM

I’m new to wood working, but I have to say those look pretty sweet. Can’t wait to see what they look like when you are done restoring them.

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#10 posted 02-28-2011 06:36 AM

What a great find! Congrats Scrappy!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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