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Forum topic by MalcolmLaurel posted 05-29-2014 02:01 AM 915 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2014 02:01 AM

I’m not a collector, I’ll use all three of these planes.

The first one is nothing too unusual, just a Stanley Bailey #6 of around 1902 vintage in very nice condition.

The second one is a small hand plane of unknown vintage. The only marking on it is the number “0108” cast into the bed below the adjusting lever. There’s a strip of gear rack on the blade, and the lever has a small gear that moves the blade in and out. Not as nice but certainly usable.

Both of the above were flea market finds at good prices, and both have small nicks in the blade. I’m debating whether to grind them out, or mill them back with a carbide end mill before sharpening. Probably the latter since it’ll make less heat and thus be less likely to draw down the hardness of the blade.

(Big Grin)

This third plane is definitely NOT a flea market find, I bought it from a friend. It’s a Fisher FP404, made of wood, so I guess it’s not totally off topic here, but it’s why this isn’t in the “hand tool” section. Built in 1992, has a 40HP 1/2VW engine:

I figure I’ll get plenty of use out of all three!

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 02:39 AM

Nice looking number 6, and a serviceable block plane, but as for the green and white one, I haven’t had the pleasure of using anything similar. I hope it works well for you.

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 02:57 AM

Your 0108 is really a 0103 made by Ohio tools.

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#3 posted 05-29-2014 03:23 AM

Great finds on the first two, but the third is my favorite! I miss GA flying! Enjoy that bird!


-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 05-29-2014 09:33 AM

The #6 looks in great shape. I agree on the Ohio tools. Both good finds.

As for the last one I can’t comment. Being gold on Delta from my last job, I like my feet on the ground.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 05-30-2014 02:08 AM

How do you lap the sole of the third one? Are the blades bevel up or down? LOL! Good looking collection!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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