Looking for history of iron duplex fillister rabbet planes

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Lee Barker

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10-15-2012 03:04 PM

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There were a blue million of them made by Stanley (78) but now I’ve seen them by Record, Wards (!), Craftsman and a couple of imports (to the US).

Prices seem to vary greatly from $200 to $19.95 on the ‘bay. (Some of that is “complete” and “original box” and “barn fresh” conditions, of course, but not all.)

I am curious about:

colors (I’ve seen gray, blue, mostly black)

patent protection (why so many identical and nearly identical models?)

usage (how did our forbear carpenters use them?)

modern usage (do you have one in place in your shop and does it get used every now and then? What for? Do you use the fence?)

If you are acquainted with the history, I’d like to hear it; if you have a good reference I could use, I’ll gallop that direction.

For the record (sorry) I have had three; one is long gone, the next (a Craftsman, old) I gave away, and I just bought a Wards and have brought it up to snuff).

The Craftsman nicker had several teeth on it, multiple; the Wards has only three.

Your wisdom is invited!



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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