J W Pearce plow plane

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Forum topic by Cenzo posted 06-08-2012 12:15 PM 1876 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2012 12:15 PM

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A J.W. Pearce plow plane was given to me some years ago. The identifing mark is: J.W. Pearce Prov., RI 1870

It shows rust and dirt burt no broken or missing parts. I am wondering what it might be worth and whether I should have it restored.

I would appreciate your comments.

Thank you.

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 01:37 PM

Pics might help. I am not familiar with the maker but without seeing what it looks like, there is no way to even guess. Also, what irons does it have with it?

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 01:50 PM

Look like one of these?

Here’s a link to the pic's native environment on the web, researched by others that need credit. They describe JW Pearce as an ‘important early plane maker’ FWIW.

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 08:55 PM

Hi Smitty:

Thanks for posting the pictures. I did see this while searching. The plane is on the bottom right however the picture doesn’t show the handle. The handle is what one would see on a saw. I assume it was made in 1870 by the stamp on the piece unless it is a stock number.

I and my family are from Providence, RI where the plane was given to me.

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 07:36 PM

I finally got everything working to get pictures of the plow plane here. I don’t have any irons – just what is on the plane.

Any idea of worth? I plan to keep it. Are there people that restore the tool?

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#5 posted 07-19-2012 08:56 PM

It doesn’t appear to need a whole lot of work. If it were me, I’d clean the wood with mineral spirits and the metal surfaces with WD-40 and a green or maroon Scotchbrite pad. Cutters will be fairly easy to find. I have some that I could sell and they are almost always available on ebay.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#6 posted 07-19-2012 09:29 PM

I appreciate your comments Dave. Thanks.

Since I am not knowledgeable about this tool, what iron(s) would be needed?, if any, to complete the tool.
How does one iron differ from another? I need to educate myself on this plane.

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