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CharlieM1958

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922 days ago

I ran across this eBay listing, and it just struck me as funny. I know nothing about making violins, but I find it hard to believe you would have much use for one of these.

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


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 922 days ago

I always wanted a violin-making-plane. for what it’s worth – it COULD be used to smoothout some parts, but definitely not a ‘violin’ specific tool

More importantly though – you need to join an EA (eBay Anonymous) group and stop browsing eBay for planes!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 922 days ago

You nailed me, Sharon…. my addiction is showing. :-)

I just have a funny mental image of an old world craftsman in his cluttered little shop trying to put the finishing touches on his delicate masterpiece with a #4 smoother. Sort of like using an eight pound maul to drive a 5/8 brad.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 922 days ago

It doesn’t look like there’s anything special about it!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 922 days ago

what do you mean? isn’t that the preferred tool for driving brads? I guess I have more research to do

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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GMman

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#5 posted 922 days ago

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GMman

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#6 posted 922 days ago

Give it try Charlie.

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cajunpen

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#7 posted 922 days ago

Where is the “on/off” switch?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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amagineer

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#8 posted 922 days ago

I noticed the people selling it are from China and sell musical instruments. I can just imagine some American carpenter who went to China with the peace corps and lost his Stanley plane and some poor Chinese guy found it and doesn’t know what it is and uses it as a weight when gluing his violin together. The son sees it and tells him he can sell it on ebay and make enough money to buy a cow to feed the whole family. That’s what I think happened.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 922 days ago

I’ve never made a violin nor have I ever met anyone else who has made a violin. However, for some reason I have it in my mind that they are very picky and fuzzy people when it comes to the quality of their work and the quality of their tools. I just can’t imagine one of them having that plane in their shop.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Ole

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#10 posted 922 days ago

I’m sorry, but this is obviously one of Stanley’s very rare violinmaking planes. At a bargain price, too!

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Porchfish

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#11 posted 922 days ago

A flat smoothing plane for violin making ? don’t think so !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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racerglen

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#12 posted 922 days ago

Watch the bids.. It could hit 6 figures if it’s REALY rare…

;-}

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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StumpyNubs

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#13 posted 922 days ago

90 bucks for a repainted Stanley #4? I’m getting out the credit card as we speak!

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 922 days ago

I don’t even think it’s a Stanley. The description says brand new, and from the side the lever cap looks very rough. I suspect it is a cheap Chinese knockoff.

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

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DS

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#15 posted 922 days ago

It amazes me how anyone who has never made a violin can comment on the usefullness of this tool.

First, the body of a violin starts with two tapered planks of wood glued together down the center. These must be shaped on the ends to begin forming the top and bottom plates. There is no better tool to do this than the aforementioned plane. Once the rough shape is attained, a series of smaller finger planes and scrapers are utilized to do the finer work.

Second, if you note that the seller of the plane is focused on materiel for string instrument making, it is perfectly normal to market this plane to his intended users even though the more common use of this tool has nothing to do with violin making.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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