Ohio Tool Boxwood Plough Plane - Worth??

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Forum topic by Tennessee posted 10-27-2015 07:01 PM 1557 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2015 07:01 PM

I was browsing a few thirft shops and antique shops in my area today, and ran across this Ohio Tool Plough Plane. It has intact threads, seems to be all straight, and comes with seven additional pattern knives. The adjustment wheels and stops all work as they should, and the brass finger bolts all work also. The knives are cleaned and oiled, but not really sharpened at all. I would be adding it to my personal collection.
He wanted $95 for it.
I’ve looked at this guys stuff many times, and it will sit for a while, but he does sell about everything sooner or later. If it is worth it, I should go get it or someone will buy it out from under me. I am not enough of an expert to know. I can find them anywhere from $800 to $75 on the Internet.

I’d be the first to acknowledge that I don’t generally use any planes in my work, but I do have a collection of about 12-15 planes, kind of one of each general type. I just enjoy the old craftsmanship, but all the ones I have bought have been restored by someone else. I’ll also admit that I’ve paid too much a time or two…

Here’s a picture of a very similar one, and the one I was looking at is about in this condition. It’s almost a duplicate, save that the one I was looking at did not have the lighter colored wood at the ends of the threaded rods. The one I looked at had obviously original wood.
Worth $95 or not?

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 10-27-2015 09:04 PM

No one? Where are all those encyclopedic hand tool guys when you need them? LOL

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 10-27-2015 09:30 PM

I´d say it depends if you want to collect or use as well:
- For a collector it seems like a beautifull plane that would suit any collection. If it will make you happy get it! Not being an American i can not advice you on the prize.
- For a user, hmm, have a few plow planes and dont use them much. Find a router/TS much better for that job. Filister, rebate and router planes on the other hand i find super usefull.

Hope there is someone with more local knowledge that comments as well!

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#3 posted 10-27-2015 09:47 PM

That is not lighter colored wood at the tips of the rods, but rather ivory.

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#4 posted 10-27-2015 10:07 PM

I’m no expert but here’s my opinion based on what I’ve seen. Short version is it’s really worth whatever you’re willing to pay for it. If you want it and it’s worth it to you you’re not really overpaying at that price and condition.

I see a really wide range for the prices just like you do. At the MWTCA tool meets I saw plough planes in good condition with the full set of 8 blades like the one you saw listed for around $200 and more for the known makers and better condition.

I do know it makes them more valuable to have the full matched set of blades with them since an unmatched set doesn’t work as well. Based on what I’ve seen $95 seems like a reasonable price. I don’t think you wouldn’t easily make money on it, but I think you’d eventually get your money back if you tried to sell it unless prices go down in general. From any of the reputable tool dealers you would pay about $80 just for a set of 8 blades.

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#5 posted 10-27-2015 10:27 PM

Outstanding. Thanks so much. I will think about it overnight, and if I do buy it, I will post some pics.

The ivory tips, forgot about them on some planes. The one I looked at did not have ivory tips, but was just about identical in every other way. Interesting that some would have ivory, and some, like the one I looked at, would not. I’m assuming it was an ornamental item? Or was it tougher at the shaft tips than just a wooden end?

Either way, thanks for the opinions and any more, keep em’ coming.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 10-28-2015 06:17 PM

Geeze, I dunno.
A hunnert bucks just to put it on the shelf and look at it ??

Dont get me wrong, I also love the look of the old tools, but that seems a bit steep to me if I wasn’t going to do much of anything with it. I can think of much better things to spend that C-note on (like something for my lathe! :-)

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#7 posted 10-28-2015 08:06 PM

I went again to look at it today. On closer inspection, I found that the iron set was not all from the same company, and there were multiples of the same size, not a complete set. I also miscounted first time, and there were only seven, not eight.

With that, I felt that the plane was definitely not worth the asking price of $95 and walked away. Glad I did.
Maybe if it had ivory tips, but not this one. But somebody will buy it. His stuff always changes and disappears. He has a nice Stanley 45 there now also, but he also wants $95 for that, way too much for me.

And yeah, Joe – I have a collection of about 20 that I have up on display shelves. Never use them or the levels or squares I also have up there. Just a collection of old planes I have acquired over the years. I guess it takes all kinds!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#8 posted 10-28-2015 11:59 PM

Ohio Tool plows are quit collectable. My opinion (and I’m by no means any kind of plow plane enthusiast) at $95 you’d have been in fair price territory. By no means a steal, but if you had to resell it, and had time, you’d get your money back.

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#9 posted 10-30-2015 11:53 AM

Thanks, Don, but very recently I’ve been trying to renew my interest in turning, and have decided that one of my shortcomings is in sharpening my lathe tools. So I’ve been looking into taking that money, adding some and putting it into a lathe tool sharpening system. No more old planes for a while!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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