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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 04-09-2015 11:42 PM 1527 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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poopiekat

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04-09-2015 11:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource plane collection planes

It’s sorta a good idea to keep a record of your woodworking tools for many reasons. Least of which, for an insurance claim, be it fire, flood, or burglary. More likely, my widow will likely blow off all my planes for a dollar each. So.. I’ll make a cross-reference in Excel for an anticipated retail price, if she’s so inclined.

All kidding aside, here’s some crazy planes that deserve an honorable mention, mostly orphans that go through life unwept, unhonored and unsung, having had their day or two on a bench at some time. I am the Bob Barker of hand planes, and these are my elephants, to put it another way. See something that makes you curious? Just ask me questions and maybe I can help you identify something you have.

Various “Footprint” #4s. I like these, they are a nice, generic plane that holds an edge pretty well.

Benchmark, Acorn, Testa, Talco, Mibro. The Benchmark is a solid user, haven’t spent much time on the other four.

Hoppe, Kunz 3, Kunz, Este, Este, and Hoppe. These are all from West Germany, which dates it to the 1960’s but maybe earlier. Postwar rebuilding effort, y’know.

Rapier 400, 450, 500, 400, 400, 11, 400. My preferred British planes, right up there with better Records.

Talco #5, Mibro, Woden W5, Woden #W5, Dronfield #4 Britain.

Pope-Falcon F5, Falcon F5 (Australia) Memo Eskiltuna (Sweden) #5

Record #03, Record/Marples #04, Record 04-SS, Record 05, 05, 05, Record 07-SS, Record #04, #04 All British.

Three Falcon-Pope #4s, a Kunz, and a DRP Jordan #4, last 2 are West Germany.

Lastly, the cabinet where most of my #3 and #4 critters live.

Hope you enjoyed the presentation! All kind comments welcome!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 04-09-2015 11:52 PM

Wow

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#2 posted 04-10-2015 12:22 AM

:-)

(That’s me speechless)

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#3 posted 04-10-2015 02:10 AM

Poop you da man when it comes to exotic planes!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 04-10-2015 11:34 PM

Thanks, guys!
I knew I could raise an eyebrow or two with those old relics!

Mostly, these will be in queue for when I reach retirement, where they will get refurbished minimally, sharpened, test driven, then, hmm I dunno maybe just put on static display? I haven’t really thought beyond that point. Most of these look worse in the pics than they actually are. I’m still busy buying more!

Happy hunting, everyone!! Still plenty of ‘em out there, ready to take home with you, no matter where you are.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 04-24-2015 02:18 AM

A point to be made here, is that I often hear of people who prefer not to get out there and find vintage planes like this. What you see above is what can happen if you make a point of always pulling in to a ‘Habitat for Humanity’ store in your neighborhood, for example. Are you keeping an eye on your local Craigslist, or Canadian Kijiji? Do you know when the next antique show at a local venue is scheduled? Do you drive right past yard sales without stopping? Ever been to a church Rummage Sale? Thrift shops?

These modest, low-priced examples pictured above are all good to have, for other reasons. It’s really gratifying to find an unusual plane, clean it up and discover a righteous user for low cost.

It does take effort, gasoline, and time to find this stuff and bring it home. I will, however, admit to being just a little obsessed with it all.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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