Mystery Hand Plane???

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Forum topic by LukieB posted 03-30-2012 03:07 AM 1173 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2012 03:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mystery hand plane question

Craiglist posting says “old wood plane, don’t know who made it”
I know it’s impossible to tell who made it from the picture, I’m just wondering if anybody can tell what type of plane it might be, and if you think it’s worth $10 plus an hour and a half drive to go get it, any insight would be much appreciated. Even if it’s just “you need another hand plane like you need another hole in your head.”

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#1 posted 03-30-2012 04:59 AM

Well there is no lever adjustment.. That may indicate it is an older plane and worth something or Cheap Chinese trash. I would at least go look at it. All tools look to be in “not rusty condition.” If it turns out he didn’t remove the rust almost any tool in that condition would be worth 10 bucks. Especially if it is the set for 10. Just my own opinion. If it is a recorder or a Stanley or a “Bailey” plane of any age 10 bucks is below the user price for a user piece, as long as the lever was not broken off!

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#2 posted 03-30-2012 05:07 AM

Heck, might not have usable length of iron if it’s there at all. Real, real hard to tell from the pic, you’re right. How about this: If you’re looking for your first user plane, pass on this unless you can get another picture or two. If you’ve got plenty and want another, heck, why not? Good luck!

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#3 posted 03-30-2012 05:11 AM

Not worth the drive.

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#4 posted 03-30-2012 12:47 PM

an hour and a half drive, hell no.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 03-30-2012 01:00 PM

It looks like a smoothing plane, possibly #4, w/o the lever cap. I wouldn’t drive around the block for it unless the seller supplied a lot more pictures.

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#6 posted 04-07-2012 03:01 PM

Well, I called this guy and told him I was interested but was hesitant to make the drive without some more pictures. He provided some and asked where I was. As it turned out he was driving out my way to come visit his daughter that weekend so we agreed to meet up out at the interstate(about 4 miles from my house). Deycart was right, no lever adjustment…cheap chinese trash. Oh well, lesson learned. At least it was just a 10 dollar, 10 minute lesson. Thanks for trying to warn me guys.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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