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Forum topic by woodworker59 posted 06-12-2012 01:30 PM 1010 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2012 01:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question plane

I have a plane here that I know nothing about. Hoping some of you plane experts can help me out..
it has no markings on it anywhere.. no numbers, no made in, nothing.. the frog and bed are cast as one piece.
with a sharp iron it cuts pretty well, but without the adjustment of the frog it cuts more like a jack than a smoother… so what is it?... thanks..


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#1 posted 06-12-2012 01:44 PM

i think you will probably find its origin in some 3rd world country made by some poor soul making about 12 cents an hour.

I’ve had a few, I part them out for experimental work. I’ve had some antique dealers try to give them to me. I give them back. I know bandit gets them to work, but for me, its to easy to find something not pressed with sub par materials.

They usually had a paper sticker, now long gone with some wal-mart type supplier painted on it. I’m sure if you looked into something like Great Neck, Carr hardware, Harbor frieght and the like, you’d find some relatives.

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 02:26 PM

Maybe a Shelton second line ( maybe they had one, all the others did) Lateral looks like a Great Neck one I have. I’d just put a nice big camber on the iron, and make a Scrub Plane out of it. Can’t hurt it, might even get a nice thick iron for it.

Depth adjuster looks like what was on that Jack plane I have from Worth. Seems the Company that supplied Worth Tools made a few planes. Mine has a pressed steel frog, but the wheel and lever look just like yours.

Clean it up, make it your beater/scrub plane. Shine it up if you want. You won’t hurt it.

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

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 04:29 PM

thanks guys, I knew I could count on ya.. like the Idea of scrub plane.. I have a big old thick iron out of a old coffin plane.. might try to run a hole through it so that I can mount it on this.. its gotta be 3/16” thick.. would make a great scrub iron.. thanks again.. have a great day.. be safe and have fun.. Papa


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#4 posted 06-12-2012 10:52 PM

Looks like a paper weight to me.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#5 posted 06-14-2012 03:02 AM

Hey Dan, You may have had the best idea of all, no work needed in using it as a paper weight.. its not like I need another #4 plane.. about the last one I need more of..
thought I would put up a couple shots of the whole stable.. the thing that scared me the most was the thought of my wife coming into the shop just as I had them all lined up.. would have shut me off for sure from buying anymore.. at least for a while…


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