Kanna find. (Japanese hand plane)

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Forum topic by watermark posted 05-24-2015 10:46 AM 1268 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2015 10:46 AM

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I scored all these Japanese hand planes and a Stanley Bailey No.5 along with some other assorted goodies. A few years ago my friend was hired to clean out a house to get it ready for sale and went home with the makings of a modest little wood shop including an old school Delta tablesaw. He is a tile guy by trade and this is all he held onto till now. The rest of the hand tools were sold of at garage sales and the table saw…. ouch…. was just dumped. “It was huge and heavy. It had this giant table and big extension thingys on the side.” There was a Delta brochure from 1955 in the tool box so I guess the saw would have been around that era.

I don’t know much about hand planes but have really wanted to get my hands on some and learn to enjoy working with them. The Japanese planes mostly look in good shape with some minor rust on the steels and the No.5 still has a $595 price tag on it.

I will be doing some night time reading on how to clean them up and get them in working order but any advice on where to start would be great.

There was also a cool carved out tool that I think was an old school chalk line.

I am stoked!

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#1 posted 05-24-2015 05:38 PM

Need more pictures, that’s a really cool score. Also you might want to change the thread title to say you have questions about Japanese planes. A lot of use don’t have experience with Japanese planes, but the people that do would need to know to look.

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#2 posted 05-24-2015 08:06 PM

$595.00 for a #5????
Somebody was nuts.
Good haul though.


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#3 posted 05-24-2015 08:17 PM

That carved-out tool in a traditional Japanese ink line. Just add some water to the dried out ink & you’re in business!! I’ve no idea when it would date to,but it is a neat piece!

-- The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time. Edwin Bliss

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#4 posted 05-24-2015 09:56 PM

Probably $5.95 is more likely what a #5 went for originally.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 05-25-2015 12:30 AM

There’s the tag from the No.5 might be $59.50 looking at the second 5

I have the steels all freed up now I have to work on the rust. I am thinking about trying the vinegar and salt bath method.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#6 posted 05-25-2015 07:05 PM

All the rest are pretty straight forward but I am not sure exactly what this one is? My guess is it is used to make a 45 chamfer on the edge of a board.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#7 posted 05-26-2015 05:00 PM

There are some excellent youtube videos on setting up a japanese plane. Here is a link to Sumokun’s channel. For around $5, there is a very good e-book available on amazon named “Getting the most from your kanna”, by Desmond King. Also checkout Chris Hall’s blog, thecarpentryway. He has some good posts on setting up a kanna.


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