|Forum topic by Brett||posted 07-24-2011 03:55 AM||2350 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
07-24-2011 03:55 AM
A couple months ago I came across this weird-looking old plane at an antique store. One of the sides was broken, and it was rusty and dusty, but I coughed up $27 for it anyway:
Here is is under the brighter light of a digital camera:
Note that there are only six parts.
A little research shows that this plane was made by The Birmingham Plane Co. (Conn) in 1884 to 1889.
The plane is slightly longer and narrower than a Stanley Bailey No. 8.
The plane was in such bad shape that the original surface was completely covered with rust and dust. I like to preserver the patina of my old hand planes as much as possible, but this one needed a little more TLC. I soaked the parts in a weak citric acid solution and this is the result:
Note that the double-stamp makers mark on the iron:
The black surface on the underside of the blade is piece of hard steel that was bonded to softer metal to create a sharp, but less fragile, plane iron.
This piece is not broken; the tab on one side is used by the lever to advance the cradle that holds the plane iron.
-- More tools, fewer machines.