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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 07-23-2013 02:23 AM 884 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Broussard

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07-23-2013 02:23 AM

After reading Brad’s blog this evening on how a coffin smoother got a new home, I got my coffin plane out to see if I could get some info from it to identify it. It’s about 8” long and has a 2-1/4” wide iron of tapered thickness and a chip breaker. The iron has a clear marking of The Ohio Tool Co. The bed angle is 45 degrees and the wedge is intact. It has a strike button on the heel. Like Brad’s new plane, the sides of my coffin plane is cracked, and likely from someone hammering in the wedge.

With the 45 degree bed angle and a straight iron (as opposed to cambered), what family of plane is this? Too small for a jack; too long for a block; too low an angle for a smoother.

Here are a few pictures.

The assembled coffin plane

The iron and chip breaker

I do see faint stamping on the toe. It’s upside down, and it looks like the second word is “WORKS”.

It’s probably the 2013 Hand Plane Swap that’s revived interest in woodies. Any help with ID’ing this unremarkable plane is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

By the way, if you haven’t read Brad’s blog, treat yourself to some good writing.

-- 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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JustJoe

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#1 posted 07-23-2013 02:44 AM

smoother.
Scioto Works, Ohio Tool Co.

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 07-23-2013 02:27 PM

@JustJoe—I am impressed, sir! I will see if I can find additional info from that great lead

-- 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 07-23-2013 03:12 PM

Some history here Don. https://timetestedtools.wordpress.com/ohio-tools-collections/

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#4 posted 07-23-2013 05:34 PM

Good stuff there, DonW. It’s a bit hard to read on an iPhone though. I’ll digest it when I get back to the larger screen. Thanks, Don!

-- 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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#5 posted 07-24-2013 01:46 AM

Dan Ohio was one of the biggest plane makes in the day. I probably own 10 or more and they are solid.

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