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Forum topic by Bigtones posted 04-25-2014 12:07 AM 960 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bigtones

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04-25-2014 12:07 AM

Hello again LJ Forums,

I was wondering if anyone has used or heard of these planes. I have tried to search for reviews about them but there doesn’t seem to be anything conclusive or in abundance to indicate whether or not they are of Good Quality. The two I am looking at are a #4 1/2 and #5 equivalent as they have a different numbering system, but length of the plane sole seems to indicate that. They are pre 1930 and look to be in very good condition with no pitting or any visible defects. The Knob and Tote seem very secure with brass fittings and the frog is fully adjustable. The Depth Adjustment Knob is also made of brass and the knurling, worn down slightly, still has nice deep groves. So it seems to me that they are well preserved condition.

They’re asking $50 for the pair and I was wondering whether or not I should go ahead with the purchase because I am still very new to hand tools and hand planes.

Thank you for any information,

Toni.

-- Boilermaker By Trade, Woodworker By Love.


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Don W

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#1 posted 04-25-2014 12:28 AM

Any chance of posting some pictures. They may very well be made by one of the major manufacturers of the time and just rebranded.

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

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Bigtones

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#2 posted 04-25-2014 12:39 AM

These are the images the Seller sent to me. It doesn’t show any significant marking, but according to his description.

“This is a Metal Products Co smooth & jack plane that dates to the 1930’s. These are a later version with a change in the totes and the cutter adjustment wheel. These planes had stamped steel frogs and levercaps and two piece steel and brass cutter adjustment wheels. The company’s planes were marketed under their own brand but were made for other retailers who would mark them with their labels, decals or boxes.
The planes have been cosmetically restored and repainted. The knob and tote, on both planes, are very good with no cracks or repairs. There are no siezed, missing, broken or repaired parts. The cutters have a new edge and the planes produced the shavings shown. The jack cutter should be honed further, the smooth works well as it is.

These planes are fully functional and could be returned to service very easily.”

-- Boilermaker By Trade, Woodworker By Love.

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#3 posted 04-25-2014 12:40 AM

I would avoid those like the plague. $50 will get you MUCH better.

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Bigtones

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#4 posted 04-25-2014 12:46 AM

Yikes!
Ok, can you point me into the direction to get a smoother and jack for $50 Shipped…I would love to start to hear the sweet sound of shavings soon :)

-- Boilermaker By Trade, Woodworker By Love.

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#5 posted 04-25-2014 01:15 AM

I agree. Don’t give ‘em a second look.

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

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Bigtones

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#6 posted 04-25-2014 04:22 AM

Thanks again for the honesty guys! I will stay away and continue to shop around.

-- Boilermaker By Trade, Woodworker By Love.

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