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489tad

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774 days ago

On vacation I stopped at a antique/flee market. I don’t think I have any real bargains but I did pick up tools I will use. Stanley #80 cabinet scraper, Stanley #55 spoke shave, six assorted plow plane blades, Stanley #71 router plane and a Disston and Sons 12” back saw. All are in nice condition.

Questions. The router plane has a patten date of 3-4-1887. It does not have a miter slot or threaded holes to attatch a fence. How do I use a guide / fence with that? Or do I?

The Disston saw shows use but is in good condition. From what I found out on a Disston site the saw is from the 1880’s to early 1900. My intention was to clean, refinish the handle and have sharpened. After brushing the crud off the handle I now can see the owners name on the handle. I searched the name but no results. The letters are lightly stamped but look professionally done. Did Disston provide stamping a name as a service?

Thanks!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.


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Lifesaver2000

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#1 posted 774 days ago

According to the type study here:

http://www.hyperkitten.com/tools/routers/stanley/stanley_71.html

They started making these planes in 1884 and didn’t start having the fence until 1939, so I guess it took 55 years for somebody to decide it needed a fence. I have had a router plane for about a year. Mine doesn’t have the fence, but nothing I have wanted to use it for required it.

So far I’ve used it for cleaning dadoes and for adjusting the thickness of tenons. Works very well with a sharp blade.

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Don W

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#2 posted 773 days ago

they would tack a scrap across for a fence just like you would with a wood bodied dado plane, but I agree with Lifesaver2000, I haven’t had a need for a fence on mine yet. You typically cut the dado with a saw (that disston looks like it will work) or chisel and use the plane for cleanup. I use the table saw or RAS and use the plane for cleanup after.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#3 posted 772 days ago

Thanks guys.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 772 days ago

thats a handsome haul you got there Dan. Ive had my eyes out for that router plane … sounds like i gotta head north a little bit. That disston looks sweet … got one kind of similar thats got a nasty little kink in it. Now its time to breath some new life in those old girls.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 772 days ago

Chris the saw sold for 12.00 and the plane irons were 10.00. I figure at some point I can make a custome plane for some task and the saw I might try to sharpen it my self. If I screw it up I’ll send it out. I don’t want to remove the guys name. Maybe just clean and oil it. The router plane only had a 1/2 ” cutter. I’ll have to track down a set. I drove by a lot of places but did not have the time to stop in.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 772 days ago

+1 on the fence; never used mine. I don’t use the depth stop either, truth be told. That’s a really fantastic haul.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 772 days ago

lee valley carries irons for the router plane.

Check out Andy’s Saw talk series for sharpening information. http://lumberjocks.com/Brit/blog/series/4708

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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