|Forum topic by CharlieM1958||posted 491 days ago||2490 views||2 times favorited||23 replies|
491 days ago
I have a confession to make. When it come to old planes, I’m dangerously close to becoming a <gasp> collector. There. I said it.
Having gotten that off my chest, let me elaborate. I just find it really rewarding to shine up an old plane and feel the weight of all that history in my hands. The beauties in the next few photos are all right at, or over, 100 years of age. To the best of my dating skills, they were all manufactured between 1888 and 1918. They include a #4, #5, #6, and a Bedrock #604.
I think about the skilled hands that have held these tools. One might have even belonged to an old craftsman who fought in the civil war as a young man. And I think about the many beautiful pieces they may have helped produce. Finally, I imagine how different the world was when these tools began their working lives in some dusty shop, as horses and buggies still ruled the streets outside.
And these are all my favorite Stanleys:
My little #2 with padauk knob and tote:
My S4 is one of my favorites as well:
So…. who else wants to share some of their favorite “family members” here? :-)
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"