Plane identification

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Blog entry by Furnitude posted 10-12-2016 07:34 PM 952 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d appreciate any suggestions on the Brand/model/year of this little hand plane. I got it from a relative who inherited it. I’ve taken it apart and don’t see any markings yet. Haven’t done any scrubbing yet so I haven’t gotten down to the metal. I think it’s about 5” long but don’t have it in front of me to measure. The little finger button in the front is distinctive, but I haven’t been able to identify it. Thanks for any help…

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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#1 posted 10-13-2016 01:13 AM


PM Bob Summerfield he may be able to help you.
Otherwise I have friend Wally who has an antique tool bible and you could PM me for followup.

Dont be dissapointed if it turns out to be just a common garden variety little plane

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 10-13-2016 01:56 AM


You may already know this. I’ve rehabbed several planes and I’ve used apple cider vinegar to remove the rust from mine. I wrap the pieces in paper towels and put them into small plastic ziplock bags for a day or so. I add enough vinegar to keep everything soaked and make sure it’s sealed.

It is a low angle block plane plane.


It’s not an exact match but it might suggest a model and manufacturer.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 10-13-2016 04:50 AM

OK it looks like the Doc has it sorted description wise,

From the ebay image and ignoring the differences there is a ID label on the front showing “Stanley” just below the cross pin which yours doesnt have, and something else which looks the be the word Handcraft or similar, so as a suggestion watch the ebay post and check what it sells for.

ebay is renoun for tightass buyers so if it is just a commoner it may not even sell at $20 with the iadditional $34 shipping.

At least you can get a rough gauge of its value.
Failing that follow the docs special recovery perscription and if it responds and as its an heirloom so to speak and your happy with it just keep it!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 10-14-2016 09:37 PM

Thanks for the info. I’m going to restore and use this one. Thinking it might be from the Handyman line or maybe from Craftsman. I love how it isn’t fancy at all. Most users would probably set it once and use it forever. Maybe when i remove the crud I’ll be able to find some markings.

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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