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Forum topic by woodenwarrior posted 08-14-2012 01:11 PM 1455 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2012 01:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane fore plane stanley hand tools c christiansen

As I was browsing some antique shops this past weekend for some used hand tools I came across exactly what I was looking for. I found a Stanley #8 fore plane in excelent condition for $30. I did some research on “Patricks Blood and Gore” and found that the plane was manufactured between 1886 and 1889. One curious thing that has made me ask this question was a stamping on the side of the sole of the plane. It reads, “C. Christiansen”. I have done some internet searches and found a C. Christiansen of Chicago that manufactured work benches from around 1890 until 1940, but not much more past that. It makes sense that this plane would be used for making work benches because of its ability to flatten large surfaces. I was wondering if anyone might have any more information on the C. Christiansen Company as I would love to figure out the history of this plane.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 01:51 PM

A little info here

At any rate, if that plane is in good shape, you got yourself a great score!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 03:18 PM

Not only did ya get a good plane, you bought yourself a great piece of excercise equipment. That puppy will give you a workout.


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#3 posted 08-14-2012 04:00 PM

Yeah it is a bit on the large size. I’m hoping that will work to my advantage when flattening large tabletops.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#4 posted 08-14-2012 04:11 PM

A #8 for $30?! I wish I could find one for that regardless of who’s name is on it. Good score.

For now, I’ll keep using my Makita 1806B (no small beast by any means) to finish flatten my slabs.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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