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CharlieM1958

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691 days ago

Okay, so I saw this eBay listing about to expire, and no one had ponied up the 99 cent opening bid yet. It was pretty rusty, and I knew it was a P.O.S. plane, what with the plastic handles and all, but I was strangely attracted to the retro-looking plastic pistol grip.

Once I got the surface rust and grime off, it turned out to be in pristine condition. My questions is “Does anybody know when these were made?” I’ve seen a few “Corsair by Great Neck” with a similar tote, but this is the only one like this I’ve seen bearing the Great Neck badge. Great Neck still makes a cheap plane similar to this, but they now have wood handles, so I really have no guess about the age of this one. Any thoughts?

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


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eddie

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#1 posted 691 days ago

i dont know Charlie but you got it looking like new.i got a couple that i can send you if you could get them like that

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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bandit571

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#2 posted 691 days ago

If you ever need a new handle

This was from a “New” plane i got back in the 70s. The one I got after that was a red-bodied, bakelite handled version. I re-had the red one, the other????? All I have left is a tote.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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David Grimes

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#3 posted 691 days ago

For 99 cents, that’s nice ! Probably work as good as any other when you sharpen and tune it up. i’ve never seen those before. The plastic might outlast wood totes as well. At that price, I’d get the whole set and unload all these Stanleys I rarely use.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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bandit571

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#4 posted 691 days ago

double post??

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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ShipWreck

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#5 posted 691 days ago

Looks great Charlie…. how does it work? You might have found a gem.

:)

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Don W

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#6 posted 691 days ago

Where’s the money shot. I know you got it working!

I know how those odd attractions can be. Have you thought about replacing the plastic? I could deal with the tote, but there’s something about that knob.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 691 days ago

On a more serious note, I have a Vaughan & Bushnell 904 winging it’s way to me as we speak. It’s a Bedrock clone, rather rare, and they were drop-forged as opposed to cast. From the photos in the listing, and what little information I can find on the web, it is a high quality plane. I’m looking forward to shining it up.

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

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 691 days ago

Don, I guess I might be able to get it working, but I doubt it’s worth the effort. It just doesn’t feel very well made, and I’m sure it would never live up to any of my better #4’s.

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

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RussellAP

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#9 posted 691 days ago

It might be a POS, but it looks wonderful. How good does it work?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 691 days ago

Haven’t really tried to tune it up, Russell. It’s not high on my priority list as a user… I just thought it was interesting.

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#11 posted 691 days ago

OH no Charlie you dont get of the hook so easy ….LOL
since you already have braged … you allso need to give us the oblique picture
where it makes beautyfull curly shaves ….. so on to the shapeningstation with it …. LOL

that Voughan looks good too
take care :-)

Dennis

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Loucarb

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#12 posted 691 days ago

Not sure where it’s made but you did a great job.

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bandit571

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#13 posted 691 days ago

The one i had like that, way back when they wer new, seemed to be “loose’ . Spent as much time re-adjusting the iron to cut, as I did using that thing. Never could get things “tight”. Bolts must have needed a lock washer under them, or something. Not sloppy, just loose. Blade was easy to sharpen.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 691 days ago

“Loose” is a good description of how this one feels.

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 691 days ago

Congrats on the irresistible restore Charlie. I thought I was the only guy that bought those, “Ah shucks, if nobody else will, I’m a gonna” planes. I finally stopped even looking. Too many piling up ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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