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Forum topic by Crackerjak posted 01-18-2014 07:52 PM 1241 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2014 07:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane question

I picked up this tool at an estate sale awhile ago. It says “Ohio Tool Co.” in the middle. Does anyone have any information about this tool?

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#1 posted 01-18-2014 09:22 PM

Some kind of T&G plane maybe? It kinda looks like it could have been used to cut the tongue side.

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#2 posted 01-18-2014 09:33 PM

What cha got there is a classic Dohicky. Now, there’s some what like to call it a thingamajig, or even a whatchamacallit, but no sir, that there’s a Dohicky.
Actually, I, too, think it’s some kind of a grooving plane. It is, after all, pretty groovy.

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#3 posted 01-18-2014 11:30 PM

C.J. I’m with the sober view as a plane, but never seen one of this type all metal, usualy they’re wood, or metal, wood with a metal blade (duuunnn) and then the Stanley 45’s etc, metal w/metal blade..but this guy is BARE bones …maybe a prototype ?

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#4 posted 01-19-2014 12:10 AM

It seems to be part of something. There’s a lot of Ohio Tool Co. stuff on the web, but I don’t know what that is.

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#5 posted 01-19-2014 12:20 AM

Historical Summary of the Ohio Tool Co.
1823-The Ohio Tool Company started operations in Columbus, Ohio.
1841 to 1880-The firm made use of Prison Contract Labor from the nearby Ohio State Penitentiary.
1851-The company was incorporated with a capital stock of $190,000. It employed about 200 and was frequently called “The Plane Factory” since carpenters’ planes were the chief article of manufacture. 1858-The Ohio Tool Co. officers this year were George Gere, President; A. Thomas, Secretary and Treasurer; and C. H. Clark, Superintendent. 1865-Patents issued in this year for mortising machines used in cutting plane stocks helped to speed production.
1887-The Ohio Tool Co. employed 70 hands.
1893-The Auburn Tool Co. and the Ohio Tool Co. merged with offices in New York and factories in Auburn, N.Y. and Columbus, Ohio.
1900-The Ohio Tool Co. received the highest award given on carpenter’s tools at the Paris Exposition.
1903-The Business Directory of Columbus lists the company at 63 North Scioto Street which was close to the Scioto River. “Scioto” was marked on their second grade planes.
1913-The factory was probably washed away by the great flood of this year.
1914-The Company moved to a new plant at Charleston, West Virginia. (Perhaps, because of the flood.)
1920-The Ohio Tool Company ceased operations.
Source: Ohio Tool Company Catalog No. 23 (Ca. 1910) Reprint by Mid-West Tool Collectors Association.

From here.

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 12:22 AM

Tool Types

Augers, Axes, bits, Chisels, clamps, Draw Knives, Metal Planes, Plane Irons, Shaves, Vises, Wood Planes

Directory of American Toolmakers Information

This company was formed in 1823 though the name was not concrete until incorporation in 1851. The Columbus branch used prison labor from the Ohio State Penitentiary from 1841 to 1880. In 1893, they merged with Auburn Tool Co. until all operations moved to Charleston, West Virginia in 1914. Peter Hayden and George Gere were involved both with tool production and as officials of the company after its incorporation.

From here.

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#7 posted 01-20-2014 01:01 AM

I’ll upgrade the name to “Dohicky”. Thank you everyone for your responses. I’ll continue to research more about the Ohio Tool Co. TobyC – I’ll have to find an old Ohio Tool Co. catalog and hope to find a matching picture.

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#8 posted 01-20-2014 01:28 AM

I’m stumped. But I’d say its missing some parts, or its some parts and the main piece is missing.

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#9 posted 01-20-2014 01:42 AM

My guess is it’s part of a tenon shoulder trimming plane. Perhaps
made for production shops where the board would be planed
square on the end, tenon cuts made, cheeks trimmed
and finally the shoulders trimmed to depth with this
fixed-depth tool.

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