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lumberjoe

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769 days ago

In rummaging through my dads garage the other day looking for a flat file, I found a wooden box of old tools. In there was a pretty nice but dusty hand plane. I asked him where he got it. Apparently it was his grandfathers. My dad has never used it.

It says “Corsair” on the front of it. I know they made airplanes, but did they make hand planes? Judging my my great grandfathers age, this would have been bought in the teens to MAYBE mid 1940’s

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#1 posted 769 days ago

what no pics?? hard to say without seeing…. good luck finding out…

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#2 posted 768 days ago

I’m headed over again this weekend. I’ll be sure to bring a camera this time.

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bent

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#3 posted 767 days ago

i have one, but it says “corsair by great neck” on it. i don’t think it’s as old as yours though. i don’t know if corsair was a manufacturer that got bought out by great neck, or if corsair is just a model name.

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#4 posted 761 days ago

This just arrived in the mailbox: A Corsair C-4 in pretty nice shape, looks like it’s hardly ever been used. Just a bit of oxidation, and I really like the barn red! Kool color! 002-24
Product of Great Neck.. Yucko! but I’ll hone it up and see what it can do.

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#5 posted 761 days ago

Dang it, that’s mint, poopie.

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#6 posted 761 days ago

I really need to get some pics. I’ll do it sunday. THe one I have is not red and doesn’t look much like that at all from what I can remember. There is something in front of that metal pieced that holds the blade in – sorry I know nothing about planes. It has the old world war II Corsair logo on it and a red, white and blue stripe.

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#7 posted 761 days ago

You’re correct, lumberjoe! I’ve never seen a Corsair without the logo on the lever cap, and if this one didn’t come with the box and all I’d be wondering… But it does have ‘Corsair’ cast into the body behind the front knob. Yours would probably be an earlier example. Undoubtedly, Great Neck shopped around for manufacturers over the years to produce their planes. In real life the color is a true barn red, not the orangey red as it appears in the photo.

Charlie: Yeah, it’s a survivor all right, probably didn’t see the light of day too often, looks like a factory grind on the cutter.

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#8 posted 737 days ago

Here are some pics (finally)

I also found this, no markings on it at all:

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#9 posted 737 days ago

Joe, clean up the top of the iron on the transitional. It might be a sargent, so you should see a brand under the rust.

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#10 posted 494 days ago

Sorry to reopen this one, PK. But, lookie what I found!

I guess they made Jack planes as well. It now has a cambered, SHARP iron on board.

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#11 posted 494 days ago

Nice one, Bandit! Wish I could remember who’s who on the HOYD thread, those who like Corsairs and who hated them. There was quite the discussion about Corsairs, about 2000 comments ago. Wonder which was the better line, the Corsairs or their parent company, Great Neck??/ Here’s one currently on eBay: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Vintage-Corsair-Woodworking-Bench-Plane-Made-In-U-S-A-Great-Neck-Tools-N-Y-/370772919504?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5653c9c4d0

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#12 posted 494 days ago

I’m not a fan, but scrap metal is up…....

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#13 posted 494 days ago

Don..;-)

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poopiekat

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#14 posted 494 days ago

But… please save those Corsair logo stickers, peel them off the tote and send them to me first….
Hmmm, weren’t ‘Corsairs’ declared ’Unsafe At Any Speed”??? LOL

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#15 posted 494 days ago

Unsafe at any speed were the Corvairs, by GM. I like the Corsair line, at least the wood handled ones. Great Neck? Hate them. Could NEVER get the plane tight, always seemed “looose” inside. Them black or brown PLASTIC handles? Junk, along with the plane under them. I should know, two of my first ever bench planes were from Great Neck. All that is left of the two “Boat Anchors”

was a finger-grip style tote, made of plastic.

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