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293 days ago

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So a couple of nights ago i decided to look through my great grandfather’s old tool boxes, I found some really neat stuff in there i had forgotten about. but what I’m really curious about are the hand planes i found, this is one of the three that i found, I’m brand new to this i have NO clue as to what this really is other than just a good size hand plane. So I’m calling out to anyone on here who knows a thing or two about hand planes.
This plane is a Dunlap…. that’s all i know!!!
the soul is 14’’ from end to end and is just over 2-1/2’‘wide (2-17/32’‘)
So again I’m trying to find out some info, like what it’s use is and such

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/


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#1 posted 293 days ago

Dunlap was a secondary line sold by sears, cheaper than craftsman.
The BL usually indicates it was made by Sargent for Sears.
It’s a jack plane.

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#2 posted 293 days ago

How can you tell it’s a jack plane?

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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#3 posted 293 days ago

No pigtails, so it’s not a jill plane.

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#4 posted 293 days ago

Ive said it before, Ill say it again. Justjoe…..you funny.

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#5 posted 293 days ago

JustJoe
You lost me at “pigtails’’ What? lol

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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#6 posted 293 days ago

We can tell its a “jack” plane by the size. Its called a jack plane because its a “jack of all trades” plane, meaning it will do an okay job at pretty much everything but it won’t excel at anything. Like Joe said, the Dunlap brand is so-so. It will make a decent user for rough work (dimensioning wood), but I wouldn’t expect it to work well as a smoother or jointer.

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#7 posted 293 days ago

So is there like fine line between a jack and a smoother as for size
What are the differences? I’m so lost when i comes to planes. lol

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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#8 posted 293 days ago

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/tools/understanding_bench_planes

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#9 posted 293 days ago

Thanks for the link it helped a little
So from my understanding the only difference between a jack and a smoothing plane is the length of the
soul? am i even calling that part the right name? “soul”? (I’m referring t the bottom part of the plane)

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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#10 posted 293 days ago

sole.
planes don’t have souls.
except for the Millers Falls ones, I assume they do or they wouldn’t be in oldtool heaven.
http://oldtoolheaven.com/

Yes, length/width is an indicator of use. Check out P. Leach’s Stanley blood and gore website, read the descriptions of 1-8 and see the size differences. That’s a good start because a lot of people refer to those as the standard size even though other makers used different numbering systems.

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#11 posted 293 days ago

Hahahahaha gotta love spelling errors

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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#12 posted 293 days ago

Great plane to learn to use, a jack, learn to sharpen and tune it .

Scary sharp method if you don’t have sharpening stoes.
donW and WayneC have some blogs worth looking at to learn, there are others , but those are first to come to my mind.

Would give links but am limited by my phone.

Good luck!

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#13 posted 292 days ago

I disagree with Joe. All my planes have soul!

The only part of a Dunlop I never cared for was the lat adjuster. it always seemed a little weak to me. Everything else was built well. It will make a nice jack. Put a camber on it and rough out some timber.

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

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#14 posted 292 days ago

What do you mean by “put a camber on it”

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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