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Blog entry by Maveric777 posted 07-29-2010 02:22 PM 2241 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wasen’t sure where to put this little stroke of luck so I decided to make a short little blog about it. Long story short I wanted to try my hand at planes. At first I felt like I totally wasted my money purchasing 2 cheap ones and was about ready to put them in file 13. Well after a little studying, and reading up on a bunch of material I discovered not only the usefulness of planes, but how much I have grown fond of them (I know its weird but for some reason they are becoming my favorite hand tool… weird)

Well, I want to add to my collection, but have to stay in a “Woodworker’s Budget”.... So I started keeping an eye on Ebay and Craigslist. Two days ago i seen an add on Craigslist that stated “Old Jointer Plane good condition $30”. So I replied and he sent me a picture of something I never seen before (of course that is saying very little seeing I know nothing about planes). Long story short i picked it up yesterday after doing a little research online with the bad cell phone image I had….. Lets just say i felt really bad for the guy and attempted to let him know what he had before we traded. He was confident these are very common and have very little value….. I said OK and went home with my new treasure….

What I stumbled across was in fact a plow plane made by Ohio Tool Company. It also has the number 97 stamped on the nose as well. I did more research and found this little jewel was built sometime between 1851 and 1913. I know it is at least pre 1913 due to the Columbus stamped below the “Ohio Too Co.” stamp. The Columbus factory was destroyed in 1913 and was moved to a NY factory the following year. I also found a web page with a catalog for Ohio Tool Co. that I was able to match the 97 stamped on it with a model number (it had a picture to describe the details). In that catalog the average price for block planes was from $.75 to $1.50….. This one brand new was $8.50. So right there and then I knew I stumbled onto something very cool.

I guess what makes this so awesome to me is I have combined two of my passions…. Woodworking and history.

This is a bad picture I snapped last night with my cell phone (better than the one I bought it off of lol).

Thanks for listening to me share my little ray of good fortune. I am overly tickled to death about this find. I plan on making a nice little display case for it in the future….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 07-29-2010 02:53 PM

Hey. Great to hear your enjoyment with hand planes.
Now you are one of US ! (And I am very normal)
You have heard it before and you will hear it from everyone that has experienced plane shavings curling off the blade. What a feeling !!!!!!

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 07-29-2010 02:53 PM

very cool. nice find.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#3 posted 07-29-2010 03:03 PM

A very nice find. Make use of it generously and send the results. Congrats.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 07-29-2010 03:30 PM

Amazing find. You got a huge deal. And NO you are not abnormal for sliding down the slippery slope of enjoying planes. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 07-29-2010 03:48 PM

That is pretty cool. I too have a weekness for planes, or for that matter, old hand tools in general. It amazes me how they were able to do some operations so efficiently with nothing but hand tools. Some of those old tools are quite ingenious in their design and function. It sounds like you have become what we hand tool guys refer to ourselves as – a GALOOT. If you have interest in learning more about the history of and conversing with other lovers of old tools, I suggest that you become part of the “Porch” on the “OLD TOOLS LIST.” You can learn more at the following website.

Welcome to what we refer to as the “Slippery Slope.”

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#6 posted 07-29-2010 04:57 PM

Interesting story. I might have to get into planes myself.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#7 posted 07-29-2010 05:20 PM

Great score! That is a lot nicer than the smoothing plane I found in an “antique” store last week…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#8 posted 07-29-2010 08:30 PM

Wow, what a find! I am feeling a little green…!

Welcome to the wonderful world of rhykenology.

Nothing like old tools. Wood and brass and steel…and history…and soul….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#9 posted 07-29-2010 08:54 PM

I picked up a Jack plane at a garage sale my Dad looked at it and said what did you buy that for?
I told him it looked Cool and was going to add it to my collection of Cool looking stuff.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#10 posted 07-30-2010 02:05 PM

”it looked Cool and was going to add it to my collection of Cool looking stuff”

lol… Now that is funny. I got to remember that one and use it on my bride….lol

Well, I made up my mind this little jewel will never be used so long as I am alive. I did even more research and if what I found is correct the plane is indeed right around 150 years old. I feel like it has served its time and now needs to sit back in a nice little display case to be admired.

Looks like I am officially joined the “I Heart Planes” club….. I wonder if I get a T-Shirt upon membership?

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 07-30-2010 03:45 PM

LOL The T-shirt is actually made of super wispy shavings and disintegrates upon opening.

That ol boy has survived 150 years and looks like it saw a decent amount of work. No reason to force it into retirement. Cut a few grooves with it.

-- Galootish log blog,

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