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Forum topic by larson1170 posted 06-02-2014 02:15 PM 1060 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2014 02:15 PM

So I was back home for my nephews B-day this weekend and my dad gave me this plane which belonged to my great-grandfather. Because of you dirty evil people I have fallen down the rabbit hole and he knows about my new addiction. The plane is 15 inches long and missing the blade, but it mostly looks like surface rust and I would love to get it back to functioning condition. I have fixed up two other older metal bodied planes to the point where they are pretty solid users, and I would love to do the same to this. Two problems, one I don’t know ANYTHING about it, and two what advice, hints do people have for reconditioning a wood body plane. Thanks in advance to the encyclopedia of lumberjocks.

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#1 posted 06-02-2014 02:32 PM

Looks like a project, but could be worth the effort, especially with the family history

Some good information on wood-bodied transitionals from the Blood & Gore website

A couple LJ resources on restoring a transitional

DonW's blog post

Dan's blog post

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#2 posted 06-02-2014 03:50 PM

There should be some markings on the very front face of the plane. Take a few good photos of it at different angles as that area is difficult to get a solid photo of.

However I speculate that it is a Sargent or Union. More likely a Sargent. A photo of the top and back of the lever cap will help too.

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#3 posted 06-02-2014 04:42 PM

Thanks JayT those are exactly what I need to get it refinished. Deycart, you are correct. When I wiped off the front I can see the stamp saying “B Plane” and th patent date. I will try and get some pics tonight of the stamp and the lever cap for better indentification, but the camera I used earlier is acting up.

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#4 posted 06-02-2014 04:49 PM

The mark B. Plane was used by the Derby Plane Co.. The mark should be circular with two bees above and below some text. I think this company was related to Birmingham plane Co. 1889~ or so. PTMPIA II PG. 137,139

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#5 posted 06-04-2014 01:14 AM

I agree with deycart. The “B” planes were Birmingham Plane co. It can be verified by the lat adjuster. They had one similar to the type 5 Stanley, but their own patent.

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