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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 08-04-2013 03:10 PM 684 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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poopiekat

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08-04-2013 03:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor re-purposed planes

Well… I suppose there is still a lot of old handplanes out there that simply don’t have a home. But still, the idea of re-purposing vintage planes into something of tangible interest to crafty non-woodworkers just doesn’t set well with me. Like how grandpa used to speak of ultra-cool 1940 Ford coupes ruined on half-mile dirt tracks of the 1950’s…hey, nobody wanted them, and like lambs to the slaughter, they were sacrificed by the thousands for want of a cheezy trophy. I see the same fate awaits unwanted planes.
Anyway…here’s a few pics from Etsy.com, of planes that apparently got passed over by collectors, and got re-purposed for the sake of country kitsche:

Oh, jeez….yeah, a bare light bulb, what a nice way to light up a room.

Sure.. a coat rack is more desirable than the plane it was made from!

Let’s grow some basil….no flower pot? Use the most obvious thing: a coffin smoother.
now where is that pic of that wood-bodied smoother in Romania with antenna and remote handset? Ewwie.

But….here is a pic of a plane that gets MY heart a-pumping….

Seems like etsy.com could be a good place to shop for used planes, I don’t know…I’ll keep looking. I just hate to see viable planes get wrecked. But I think I’ve found the right color to use for iron hardware on Stanley trannies!

Got pics of craft-ified planes?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 08-04-2013 03:23 PM

No, just one that I saved from such a fate

from a yard sale, total price was $19.50 for all the junk. Fast forward a bit

At least the Stanley #31 looks better?

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 03:29 PM

That lamp was a liberty bell transitional – probably a #129 – and if it’s not 100 years old, it would be within the next 4-5 years. Oh well, I’m sure there are a few people in the world who will think that lamp is just the perfect thing for the mantel, or the baby’s nursery.

That last one is “interesting”. Did they say what materials were used, and is it still functional? It looks like they used some brass/ebony/ivory for inlay, but the frame and lever cap just got a shot of gold spray paint.

EDIT: Forgot to add this, a coat-rack made from old braces. This one is some blog, but there is a numbskull in Bisbee who does the same thing but more rustic.

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#3 posted 08-04-2013 05:18 PM

Bandit: Thanks for bringing that one back alive!! good score on the ensemble. JustJoe: Yep, definitely A Liberty! If it was cheep enough, and they still had the cutter and lever cap, I’d buy the thing just to get my hands on another Liberty mousetrap. That coatrack is horrifying, but at least it looks as though they hadn’t actually damaged the braces. Are those copper pipe-hangers?

As long as people fail to see the value of these vintage tools, this will continue to happen. All the country decorating magazines are into this sort of activity now, busting up perfectly good items and using pieces to incorporate into repurposing (I hate that word) for clever country d├ęcor.

Rescue these things, people! Buy those $2 planes and other WW items, and put them away for future enjoyment.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 08-04-2013 05:43 PM

if its less than $5, it comes home with me no matter what!! (well, unless it’s a handyman, but that’s a given)

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#5 posted 08-04-2013 06:00 PM

I use an old blue Handyman hand brace (my only one), and have no complaints…rachet works great in both directions…Though I suppose a hand brace requires less precision construction than a handplane.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#6 posted 08-04-2013 10:19 PM

I hope I didn’t give people the wrong impression…I don’t want this to turn into another nutzo Craiglist forum. I do think that Etsy could possibly be the new go-to source for old planes. I’m just a bit unsure of the knowledge level of some of the vendors. I see quite a few listings with missing parts or condition problems not mentioned in the seller’s text. Scrutinize the photos of planes on Etsy carefully, and ask questions for items not in the pictures. Be careful out there!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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