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Forum topic by 12strings posted 03-31-2012 07:55 PM 1595 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12strings

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03-31-2012 07:55 PM

I know this isn’t a Lie-Nielson or anything, but I’m pretty excited about it. It’s a “Ohio Tool Company” 22” try plane. I have been looking for an inexpensive try/jointer plane for a while, but they are all either too expensive or in awful shape.

I found this one at a flea market for $28. What really made me jump on it is that there is ZERO cracks or checking, even though the plane is at least 90+ years old. Somebody took care of this thing, it looks and feels like it has some type of oil finish on it that has not worn out yet. The wedge and cap iron are intact, and the blade is Thick (but tapered…thicker at the edge end). And get this, I checked the sole with a straight-edge, and it seems to be about perfect so I’m not going to mess with that. I basically just need to clean up the blade and sharpen it, and I should be good to go. (I haven’t gotten around to that yet).

My 19-mo. son couldn’t even lift this thing, but I let him push it across the carpet a bit (with the iron retracted so there is no cutting danger).

Now I’ve just got to make a little smoother out of some left-over purpleheart I have, and my Plane collection should be complete: (Wood Jointer, Wood scrub, Stanely #5 Jack, Stanely Block, antique wood rabbet plane, and hopefully a smoother soon…) Now I just need about 20 moulding planes, right?

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!


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John

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#1 posted 03-31-2012 10:56 PM

very cool find!

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#2 posted 04-03-2012 10:52 PM

Nice find.
The plane collection, however, is NEVER complete!

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#3 posted 04-04-2012 12:36 AM

Nice looking plane! I also have one of those that I’ve used now and then.

I really love the way you are so optimistic about your plane collection:
Now I’ve just got to make a little smoother out of some left-over purpleheart I have, and my Plane collection should be complete: (Wood Jointer, Wood scrub, Stanely #5 Jack, Stanely Block, antique wood rabbet plane, and hopefully a smoother soon…) Now I just need about 20 moulding planes, right?

Bwahahahahahahaha!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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RGtools

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 07:03 PM

Nice score. I have a similar one and it is a real treat to use. Be careful grinding the iron if if needs any…that taper really lowers the angle compared to a flat blade.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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