What type of wood under black lacquer covered tote?

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Forum topic by Ray posted 02-03-2014 03:30 AM 995 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2014 03:30 AM

Stanley #6, possibly type 15-17. Anyone able to ID the wood?
I wonder why they covered these totes and knobs with opaque black lacquer- anyone know why?


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#1 posted 02-03-2014 03:46 AM

Stained beech was popular i believe.

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 03:58 AM

The Stanley Handyman smoother (#4) of 1948 also has black tote and knob.

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#3 posted 02-03-2014 04:11 AM

I may have caused confusion by wetting the wood before I photographed it to show the grain pattern better. The tote came from the factory finished with black lacquer. I found no hint of a stain when I removed the black coating with lacquer thinner.

Here is what I found on Hyperkitten: Type 17. Planes made by Stanley 1942-1945. Plane Type Plane Feature 11111111112
——————————————————————————— 12345678901234567890 |
tote and knob – Rosewood 1234567890123456×9
tote and knob – hardwood – stained red or painted black —————————7

It pretty well places black painted totes/knobs in Type 17-war production or later. I am sure that war shortages had something to do with the method, but the wood looks good to me without black paint.

It still could be beech- just don’t know.

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