Dating wooden planes?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 08-20-2011 06:42 PM 1147 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2011 06:42 PM

Does anyone have information on dating wooden planes, such as coffin smoothers or wooden jack planes?

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#1 posted 08-20-2011 07:00 PM

Bring ‘em flowers, take ‘em to a nice restaurant keep your hands to yourself…standard dating rules LOL!

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#2 posted 08-20-2011 07:19 PM


-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#3 posted 08-20-2011 09:04 PM

There are some things about it

But for the most part it is not really an exact science. All they can go by is makers marks and general time periods. Some ideas can be had from irons but they get changed over time. Owners marks if there is some idea of who they were and shop records and such.

Some that were offered in catalogs are a bit easier.

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 03:39 AM

British Planemakers from 1700, 3rd edition (out of print and kind of expensive) and A Guide to the Makers of American Wooden Planes, 4th edition have plenty of information for you.

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