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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 1127 days ago 706 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tedstor

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1127 days ago

I was picking up a workbench that I found on craigslist, when the seller informed me that he a few other odds n’ ends that he was also trying to sell. He directed toward a table covered with various tools. Mostly un-notable pliers and wrenches. However, there was one gem among the rubble.
A Record 09 1/2, for the king’s ransom of $6. Pretty nice shape, with only a bit of surface rust. I spent about 5 minutes cleaning it off with a scotchbrite pad, but still need to go through the usual cleaning/tuning process.
I don’t know much about the history, collectability, or monetary value of hand planes. I’m pretty sure this is a more recently produced tool and not as highly regarded as its vintage predecessors. None-the-less, I’m glad to have stumbled upon it. My only other block plane is a plain-jane, non-adjustable Craftsman I bought new a couple years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like the Craftsman. It works great for general chores and has a nice heft and feel. It will not be retired. But the Record, with its smaller size and adjustable mouth will be nice for smaller detail work. I look forward to putting it into service.
And to be honest, I’ve always wanted to own and try a record plane. I guess I now have my chance. If I find the Record to my liking, I’ll have to add the low angle version to the mix as well.


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PaBull

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#1 posted 1127 days ago

I’ll give you $7 for the record.
I’ll pm you my address.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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DLCW

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#2 posted 1126 days ago

I’ve got the blue one (going on about 15 years now) and it has a home in my apron. I use it many times a day. I’m actually on my second iron as I sharpened the first one out. I don’t know what I’d do without this little workhorse.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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Tedstor

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#3 posted 1126 days ago

Don. Did you use a Record replacement iron, or did you use one of the aftermarket manufacturers. If the latter, did it change the performance of the plane??

Thanks

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KayBee

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#4 posted 1126 days ago

You got a great deal on that plane. I’ve got one. That only thing that has slowed it down was my husband using it on the deck. He kept trying to plane screw heads off!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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DLCW

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#5 posted 1125 days ago

I used a Record replacement iron. Figure why try and fix something that ain’t broke :-)

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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