Very Unusual Plane...need help identifying!

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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 06-08-2009 05:38 PM 1026 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2009 05:38 PM

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While visiting friends in Saskatoon, I found this really different plane in an antiques market, and I just had to have it. Now I’m curious to know more about this new acquisition.
The iron sole measures about 3” X 14” long. The body of the plane is wood, perhaps maple. the center section of the plane is wood, held in place with brass screws. The cap iron is a massive piece of brass. The blade is marked T Howarth, who was a toolmaker in Sheffield England. The plane is stamped “T Gardiner” in various places on the wooden parts. The really odd thing about this plane is that it is the exact opposite of a Stanley transitional plane, in that the sole is iron and the midsection is wooden. The whole unit is quite heavy and gives the impression that it was made by a gunmaker or other craftsman in the 1800’s. Right off, it made an incredible peel on an old scrap of mahogany. I’m going to like using this plane!

Though I often have bad luck posting pics here, here is a link to some photobucket photos of it.
Your help is really appreciated!!

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#1 posted 06-08-2009 06:01 PM

you probably already know this, but the way you worded your post makes me wonder. This is an “infill” plane. The sole is metal with a woodwen infil. I believe the main objective is to add mass. a good infil is ussually quite expensive. I wish I could tell you more, but I don’t own any/can’t afford them so I’ve never spent much time focusing on them.

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#2 posted 06-08-2009 06:02 PM

What a good buy!
It’s an Infill plane, especifically a Panel plane, perhaps is british or scottish, the name “T Gardiner” is probably the owner and maker…..based on the sloted screws, straight lever cap, -it is dovetailed?-, I would say it’s a home-made palne, but it looks beautiful. Could be nicely restored. has special replacement blades from Hock tools for this type of planes, like Norris, Spiers, Matheison, Preston…..etc.

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