|Forum topic by rance||posted 696 days ago||2302 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
696 days ago
A real good friend o-mine came across some handplanes, 4 of them. A #4 and a #5 Stanley/Record, a no-name block plane, and one in question. Tim had been looking to buy a #5 or #6 plane to “enhance his skills”. Although his woodworking skills are top notch as they are. All I could do was to recommend a WoodRiver #6 (v3). I think it would have worked, but he got a better deal.
He’s already cleaned up the #5 & #4 and brought them by to show me and to sharpen the blades. Turns out the blade on the #4 was cupped. We’ll be checking on replacements for that one. The #5 cleaned up real nice. He did a very neat job on the cleanup. He used some sandpaper over granite for some of it. The block planes have not been touched as of yet.
This brings me to my point. We(all of us at the shop) were intrigued as to what this one was, how old it was, and what it was worth. If you care to provide some input to these three questions, feel free. Any information would be appreciated.
Following is the plane disassembled.
You see, the blade goes in here like this:
Now I’ve been around a lot of old tools and I quickly saw that slot in the opposite end.
Seeing that there was some obvious questioning of my theory going on, I added “And when it is time to sharpen the blade, you simply flip the blade over, bevel side down, lock it in place, and you can run it over some sandpaper and get a “Scary Sharp” blade in nothing flat.” (puns always intended) “Not to mention that it also flattens the sole at the same time.”.
After more moaning and just rude laughing out loud, Rod offers his thought that the other end was used as a Bull Nose plane. Well, I’ve seen a lot of bull in my lifetime, I even shot some, and I fer darned sure ain’t no never seen any ferrier use one of those on no bull’s nose. I seen my dad use a rasp after he cut the horns off a bull, but surely no hand planes was ever used. Rod’s always tryin to make me look dumb. I keep tellin him I don’t need nobody to make me anything, I can do it on my own.
Well, back to the story... As you can see here, it will take a little cleaning up.
After all the snickering died down a little, they straightened up there faces and tried to see any names on the thing. One a them saw some faint markings. Tim said “Here, le me have it.”. He spit on the blade and proceeded to rub some of the grunge off. They passed it around amongst the three of them and speculated on what the markings were. One of um spouted off something about a wagon wheel. I said “Here, give that blade to me.”. I sure didn’t see no wagon wheel. In fact, I couldn’t see any markings at all. Someone else said “Look closer.”. This time I pulled my Walmart spectacles outta my pocket and took another look:
And if you have any insight as to the questions at hand, feel free to pontificate.
-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--