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Forum topic by wanderingwest posted 05-15-2014 07:07 AM 1182 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2014 07:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plane antique tools

My Grandfather died and left some tools to his kids. My dad wanted his planes and this is one. My dad said that it was his grandfathers originally. I have never seen one with a sole like this. It has no name or maker’s marks on it. I have asked around and even spoke to a couple of “experts” over the phone that said they’d never heard of anything like what I described to them.

My Dad doesn’t want to use it, it just has sentimental value and i don’t think he cares much about where it came from but I would like to know. Maybe someone here can help me.

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#1 posted 05-15-2014 11:35 AM

I’d question the authenticity of an “expert” that has never heard of a vintage plane with rosewood inlays on the sole. There were a few manufactures who did something like this.

Some better pictures in more detail would help, but my first guess based on what I can make out would be a CE Jennings. The rosewood pattern matches.

If it is it was made in the late 1800’s in Hinsdale NH.

Steers also had a similar rosewood inlay, but I don’t think they made one with the Stanley type lever cap.

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#2 posted 05-15-2014 01:28 PM

^ and that is one of the reasons why we call him Yoda.

Totally cool plane. I would love to find and restore a Steer's Patent—they have similar rosewood insert soles, but a different look/assembly on top.

I’ll add a +1 to the “experts” comment. I’m definitely not an expert and couldn’t tell you off the top of my head which manufacturers used the rosewood insert soles, but at least I know they exist.

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#3 posted 05-15-2014 02:52 PM

I’m certainly no expert, but it does look an awful lot like a Jennings to me. That plane looks to be a fairly easy restoration project.

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#4 posted 05-15-2014 03:05 PM

I suggest taking some photo’s without the blade assembly. The sole looks like a Steers that I owned but the blade/lever cap assembly is wrong. It would be good to get a view of the frog.

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