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jhut

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574 days ago

This old plane was in my dad’s tool chest. There are no markings. Not even on the blade or lever cap. I took the frog off thinking that would help me identify it. I still have no clue. Its 9 1/2 inches long. Any ideas on the brand?


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blackcherry

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#1 posted 574 days ago

Not much help from the picture but I can say it a Stanley handyman style plane from the blue color on the casting. These were at the lower end of quality and sold for around 20-25 dollars new…hope this helps BC

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jhut

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#2 posted 574 days ago

Sorry about the bad picture. This one might be better. There’s no blue on the casting. I think the flash just messed up the color of the photo.

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jhut

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#3 posted 574 days ago

I cleaned it up a little so you can see the area the frog sits on.

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#4 posted 574 days ago

Looks like an old jack plane. I don’t know a brand. Get that thing in some evaporust, scrub it off and take some more pictures.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 574 days ago

I don’t recall ever seeing a frog seat shaped quite like that. Maybe some else will recognize it.

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

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Deycart

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#6 posted 574 days ago

A few things make me think it is a union plane. First is the twist to the lateral adjust second is the shape of the frog and third is the hole in the blade is at the top instead of the bottom. You will probably find their trademark under the rust on the blade. Oh I just noticed the depth adjust looks steel and that can be found on some union planes along with the solid brass screw to hold the tote and knob. Hope that helps.

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Dan

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#7 posted 574 days ago

Looks like the blade is thicker then the standard vintage iron. Could be made by Ohio Tool Co. They had thicker irons that were tapered.

^ I agree with the last poster. Get the rust off the top of the iron and you will probably find some kind of logo or name stamped in it.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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bandit571

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#8 posted 574 days ago

A shot of my Union #4G’s base

Another look

and a look at the iron

Not sure what colour the base was originally, since mine was a pile of rust. The other side of the iron has a

UNION MFG CO
NEW BRITAIN CT USA

stamped on it.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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jhut

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#9 posted 574 days ago

Thanks for all the posts. Deycart, I think you’re right about it being a Union. I found a Union body for sale on ebay that has the same frog seat. Am I allowed to link to ebay? It’s item number 181067160925

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Don W

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#10 posted 574 days ago

jhut, you’re allowed to link to ebay.

I don’t know if Union had a tapered iron, but Ohio tools did. A better shot of the tote would help to. Ohio tools had a different style tote. Both Union and Ohio tools had the ring around the knob. The twist on an Ohio tools’ lat adjuster was twisting slightly different as well.

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

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jhut

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#11 posted 574 days ago

Here’s the tote.

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Don W

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#12 posted 574 days ago

probably Union….......

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

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Deycart

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#13 posted 574 days ago

Most ohio planes have a zero before the plane number, if im not mistaken. Union also liked to use mahogany for the knobs and totes.

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Don W

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#14 posted 574 days ago

Deycart, that’s true, but I think this is unbranded, without a number, but at 9 1/2” its about a #4 size.

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

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jhut

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#15 posted 574 days ago

It’s cleaning up nicely in the evapo-rust. I still don’t see any marking at all. Nothing on the casting, lateral adjustment lever or the iron.

Here’s the one on ebay I mentioned with the same frog seat.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/UNION-No-6C-Corrugated-Plane-Bottom-/181067160925?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a28719d5d

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