|Forum topic by ChuckV||posted 01-17-2015 08:44 PM||714 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
01-17-2015 08:44 PM
Last week I started volunteering some time at our town’s Historical Society. Through complete luck, my timing was perfect. The Historical Society runs a museum of local history. They recently opened an old trunk that had been sitting in a back room since the 1970’s. Inside, with all the rodent nests and droppings, was a large collection of wood-bodied planes and marking tools.
The museum is in the process of preparing these tools for display. One other volunteer has been cleaning and cataloging the planes for a few weeks. I’m now helping with this work.
This week I made a wedge to replace one that was missing from one of the molding planes. I also cleaned this plane as well as a gutter plane. The planes often have markings indicating the manufacturer and the owner. The irons are also commonly stamped with the manufacturer. Many of these planes are from the early 1800’s.
For example, the gutter plane is marked “R. DYER”. This refers to Reuben Dyer. This collection of tools was donated to the Historical Society by the Dyer family. The records show that Reuben was born in 1803. That provides a range of years in which he could have acquired the gutter plane.
Here are a few photos of the planes after I worked on them. We are not trying to make them look new. We are cleaning the bodies, removing any rust that comes off easily and protecting them with some oil and wax.
This is the owner’s name marked on the end of the gutter plane.
I am thrilled to have the chance to be a part of this project. My next task will be to make some samples to show what the various planes in the collection were used for. Please don’t tell anyone, but I plan to cheat and use my router table!
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