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Forum topic by pariswoodworking posted 11-02-2012 05:44 PM 887 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pariswoodworking

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11-02-2012 05:44 PM

I went to a garage sale the other day, and happened upon this rusty old plane for $5. It was all there, and the wood was in really good condition (no cracks)(the finish on them is a little rough though). I bought it and was on my way. :D
I am now the proud owner of a Millers Falls No. 14C jack plane. I have already restored it (Everything but the wood, I left them as they were. I’ll explain below), and I like it. There is some pitting, but nothing really major. It’s mostly cosmetic. As said above, I didn’t touch the wood. They are finished with a red-orange finish, and that finish was important in dating the plane. Millers Falls used that finish between 1955-1966, so I felt since they weren’t in bad shape, that I’d leave them be.
I think I’ll start going to more garge sales now, because I really enjoy bringing old work horses back to life.
I’ll post pics tonight if I can.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 11-02-2012 05:54 PM

Congrats on your score Pariwoodworking, very good.

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Don W

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#2 posted 11-02-2012 09:43 PM

Millers Falls are great planes. Nice find.

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

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pariswoodworking

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 12:02 AM

Thanks guys.

Here she is. When I bought her, about 80%-90% of the surfaces were covered in rust. I think she cleaned up great.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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Don W

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#4 posted 11-03-2012 12:17 AM

Here is one I did. http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com/tag/millers-falls-2/

The wood in some of these are gorgeous.

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

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blackcherry

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#5 posted 11-03-2012 01:56 AM

I’m also a Miller Falls fan, I have at least 6 in my collection and keep 3 in use full time use. Don is it me or do they really keep a sharper edge longer than most stanley blades?

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sikrap

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#6 posted 11-03-2012 09:20 PM

I’m another MF fan. I have a 14 that I use that is an absolute joy. I don’t know that the iron holds an edge any better than the Stanleys, but there is no slop in the adjuster.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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Don W

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#7 posted 11-03-2012 10:04 PM

I am on a forever quest for the type 1s. I just picked up a #9. I haven’t had time to get it sharpened and cleaned up yet.

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

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#8 posted 11-05-2012 01:10 PM

One thing I’ve seemed to notice is the older Stanleys seem to hold an edge better than the newer ones. Anything newer than the original SW. Millers Falls probably have the same trend, but haven’t noticed yet.

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

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