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Forum topic by hhhopks posted 710 days ago 607 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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hhhopks

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710 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: plane 4-12 user identification tool question walnut

Can you tell me something about this 4-1/2 hand plane? It isn’t in that bad of a shape. It should clean up just fine and should become a descent user. I believe the knob and tote might be walnut but I am more likely to be wrong at this.

The back of the lever cap and bottom of the frog has “2 3/8” casting mark on it.
The plane bed is marked “R 4 1/2”.
The blade is marked, but I really can’t make out what it says.
There is no other marking.

Is there any chance the “R” is for Rockwell, Record…..................?

Thanks for any information given.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS


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Don W

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#1 posted 710 days ago

i’d clean off the top of the iron and see what it says.

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

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hhhopks

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#2 posted 648 days ago

If the EBAY post is correct. My 4-1/2 is a Rockford plane The ad has the same identification “R ” and size.
After a bit of cleaning and with a magnify glass, my plane has a Lakeside blade on it.

Can anyone confirm that my plane is made by Rockford?

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#3 posted 648 days ago

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hhhopks

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#4 posted 648 days ago

Thank you!
The write up on the linke answered all my questions and some.
I say you have confirmed that my 4-1/2 plane is a Rockford.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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