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Forum topic by Garett posted 03-23-2014 03:27 AM 1159 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2014 03:27 AM

Hey, my name is Garett I’m from Cape Breton, Canada. I read lumberjocks every morning but I think this may be my first post so I wanted to introduce myself.

I just wanted to see if anyone had some opinions on a couple planes that have come up for sale in my area. I buy any old plane level chisel what have you I see at the flea market for a couple bucks even just to hang on the wall but there usually just your standard Stanley bench planes and whatnot and I have found In my small town planes for specific jobs like dado or rabbet planes don’t come up for sale that often. I’ll add a picture which has four planes 2 wood 2 steel. I’m mostly wondering about the steel ones they look complete so would like to put them back to use. I’m wondering if anyone recognizes them so I can be informed when going to look them.

Any help would be greatly appreciated zoomed in I can see what looks like a 3 and an 8 but looks like there may be space for another number.

I just realized I need a photo bucket account for pictures so have included a link to the ad

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#1 posted 03-23-2014 03:32 AM

I’d buy them for 50 bucks

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 03:49 AM

Hi Garett – I’m in NB
I’ve bought a few planes and have enjoyed cleaning them up.
I’d pay $50.00 for those. (Of course I’d offer 40 first….)

Then go to Canadian Tire and get a bottle of Evapo-Rust (automotive section near the de-greasers)

There are a lot of good threads here about restoring old planes.

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 04:06 AM

Wow, I’d pay 50. The wooden one’s are Ohio Tool Co., I believe. I have a bunch of them. The metal ones are what I’d be after for sure.

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 04:33 AM

I’d snag them for $50. Simply the fun of restoring them may be worth the 50 bucks. Unless you have to sink a bunch more money into them to restore them.

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#5 posted 03-23-2014 05:53 AM

Hi Garett, I am in Halifax,
get them and you won’t regret it.
And yes evapo rust does some magic

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#6 posted 03-23-2014 10:45 AM


I couldn’t make out the model numbers of the two metal planes but it appears that they are missing many pieces. These are pieces that will be hard to find or if you find them, they may be expensive.
Keep in mind that if you buy these planes then most likely you are buying the metal planes for their body only.


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#7 posted 03-23-2014 10:58 AM

I wouldn’t even haggle at that price….I’d definitely pay it.

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#8 posted 03-23-2014 02:49 PM

Thanks for all the reply’s just waiting for a respoonse if I pick them up ill be sure to post the clean up after I finish cleaning up my grandfathers, uncles brace. After I came across rustys restoration posted by Brit I had to dig it out.

Anyways thanks again for the help its also good to know there are a couple of people on here relatively close.

-- "I'm a man but I can change if I have to I guess"--Red Green

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#9 posted 03-23-2014 05:35 PM

Definitely worth it. I can’t see for sure but the top left one looks like a Stanley 48 or 49 or similar and I think I even see the blade in there so it might be complete. The other metal looks like a Stanley 378 It has the fence which is often missing on metal rabbet planes, but it might be missing one or more of the depth stops. Can’t see the other side to see if the depth stop on that side is there. The wooden ones look nice too.

Also if you’re interested, Tom Fidgen does hand tool woodworking classes and has a shop in Cape Breton where he vacations. Here’s his site:

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#10 posted 03-23-2014 06:51 PM

Hey Tim I believe you hit the nail on the head with those two, thank you. Also I watch a lot of the unplugged wood shop YouTube videos but that is something I didn’t know and will be definitely be looking into.

-- "I'm a man but I can change if I have to I guess"--Red Green

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#11 posted 03-23-2014 09:12 PM

Definitely worth it. The #48 typically goes for that much.

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#12 posted 03-24-2014 12:37 AM

^ What Don said.

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#13 posted 03-24-2014 12:56 AM

Great deal for $50. They are addicting though, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

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#14 posted 03-25-2014 07:09 PM

Hey just wanted to say thanks again for the help.

I picked up the planes today the wooden ones are marked

O.E Johnson. &Shaw

HOsL. Appleton. Boston

The metal ones are a Stanley 378 (missing depth stop)

And a tounge and groove plane that looks like a 48 it has scroll work on the handle and what looks like bailey and then 1875 on the side. It also looks like it may have been black at one time. I don’t know if a soak in evapo-rust will hurt that or if it even matters as far as its originality goes.

Off to google.

-- "I'm a man but I can change if I have to I guess"--Red Green

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#15 posted 03-25-2014 10:34 PM

For those that are interested that appears to be the 48 there.

-- "I'm a man but I can change if I have to I guess"--Red Green

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