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bandit571

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530 days ago

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Ok, I am trying to find out whatever i can about these strange planes. They have a blade stamped “Made in QWest Germany” stamped in English. There is a cap iron with a Maroon Bolt sticking out of it.

I have two such critters. One is a #3 size

With a strangely angled frog. It is sitting at 50 degrees. Due to the way the base was milled

The bottom of the frog is flat. Now I get a #5 sized one of these Dunlaps

With almost the same bedding for the flat frog

The same exact cap iron. I can put it on either plane, as both are the same size. Frogs look alike, but the one for the #5 is a bit wider. Irons are nice and thick, too. Both planes USED to have bright RED handles, I have since gotten rid of the red paint. Adjuster wheels are the same, too.

Now the question: Was there a Special type of Dunlap plane? Something about the West German made blade? Sold at Sears under the Dunlap brand name? Why the steeper angle for the frogs? Yes, frogS. Both sit at 50 degrees. Any info out there on these planes, besides the “mandatory” “It’s a second line plane” schtick? These seem to be a very solidly build plane.

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


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bandit571

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#1 posted 529 days ago

Ok, after a little more work on the #5 jack plane, I think it might be ready to go

and make a few shavings

Just like his little brother

Might even keep up with the big guys

Now, IF anyone has any info on these Dunlap planes…..

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

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 529 days ago

Those are some planes I’ve never seen before, so I’m no help with their ID or history. However, I am making the observation that West Central Ohio is where iron body planes are sent to their final resting place, and you are saving them from an unpleasant ending. You’ve picked up a few nice ones lately, Bandit.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 529 days ago

I’ve got a couple of Dunlap’s too. A #5 size and a block plane. I use the little block plane quite a bit, it’s a solid user. Mine are also marked made in Germany. I would have to go look at them to see if they say West Germany, but I don’t recall off the top of my head.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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bandit571

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#4 posted 529 days ago

Trying to find out IF there was a #4 size in this group. As for the cap irons, did they make a wider one? Seems a little skinny, sitting on that wide iron in the #5. They seem to work ok…

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

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MedicKen

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#5 posted 529 days ago

A little history on Dunlap. They were one of the early manufacturers and suppliers to Sears Roebuck.

http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=269

http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=222

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#6 posted 529 days ago

Both were for Dunlap Machinery. Looking more for Dunlap hand tools. Looked all over ebay today, never found a #4 like these. Looking at a block plane right now…

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

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