Some new to me hand planes

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Blog entry by nobuckle posted 08-23-2011 01:53 AM 1243 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend of mine is selling some of his planes which means I get to benfit from this activity. I was blessed with the acquisition of a jointer plane and a Stanley No. 5. Here are some pictures I took.

I think the Stanley No. 5 is considered a jack plane. I recently learned that the manufacturer’s number cannot be used to guage the type, but it’s the length that determines the type and use – at least as far as Christopher Schwartz’s book on planes is concerned. I can only assume that the jointer plane was made by the individual whose name is stamped all over it. Both planes need to have their irons reworked and the jointer plane may need to be brought back into square. I hesitate to perform any of these actions until I have thoroughly learned how to both sharpen a plane iron and how to re-true a plane body. Also, there is a secondary material, I beleive it to be Walnut, that is in the bottom of the jointer plane. This may have been used as a replacement for the mouth of the plane but I cannot be certain. Any thoughts? Once again I am relying on the collective knowledge and experience of the LJ community. I look forward to learning from your helpful hints and comments. As always, thank you for your time.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 01:54 AM

Yup, the #5 is a jack plane. Looking forward to seeing you put both back into service. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-23-2011 03:32 AM

The jointer plane looks to be a production plane. The name would be the carpenters name who owned it. If there would be makers mark, it would be on the blade, given it has the original.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#3 posted 08-23-2011 09:18 PM

great acquisition. I just restored my first wooden plane. It wasn’t as nice as yours. Just do a search on sharpening the blade. Every one here has an opinion. Its a fun road to find your way down. It doesn’t look the the #5 need to much. Happy shavins.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 08-23-2011 09:20 PM

Nice set started !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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