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Blog entry by pbyrne posted 10-27-2014 05:52 AM 1846 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A dear friend was going through her attic and pulled out two boxes of her great grandfather’s hand planes. She and her husband were discussing what to do with them, they decided to give them to me their carpenter friend. I am humbled by her generosity. When I get them in shape I will make her a thoughtful gift. Tonight I opened the boxes and began cleaning.

Here are the two boxes

As you can see there are a lot here. So I begin to go to work on one. I have discovered quickly the irons are still sharp. This one had some rust on the iron so I went
to work with oil and sandpaper.

This appears to be a fillister plane. Those of you who know can tell me.
You can see the maker’s mark.

Here is another one. I will restore this one but for now I have applied oil to the wood parts
It came with a small box full of irons. The irons were sharp so I tried it on a roughsawn board
It performed great. I’m looking forward to using this one for many projects.

Here is a nice little spokeshave, I oiled it and put a little tune to the edge, didn’t need much else.

That’s it for tonight. I have a lot of restoring ahead of me
with this suprise gift.
Any help with identifying this stuff or pointers on restoring them are always appreciated :)

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-27-2014 06:02 AM

Nice gift, enjoy. While there is some value in flogging them, you’ll get more value from maintaining and using them.

Pointer….the 45 blades are only sharpened on the flat side…Ok maybe a light touch with a curved slipstone on the angled part, but not aggressive.

Old tool prices ain’t what they were 5 or 7 years ago….These tools are commonly available


-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#2 posted 10-27-2014 08:59 AM

Wow, very nice! The #45 is an early type and looks to be in hreat condition. It can be a terrific user for all kinds of joinery. Love that skew rabbet, too. Congrats on the gift!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 10-27-2014 09:15 AM

Awesome finds!!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#4 posted 10-27-2014 09:20 AM

You were so lucky to get this treasure. The condition of the blades and the planes says a lot about the skill of their previous owner. I think your friends were very wise to gift these to a woodworker who will love, use and care for them in the best way.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-27-2014 09:48 AM

What a great gift! I want friends like that as well..
Can see you can look forward to several nights of cosy restauration and fine tuning. – And planing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#6 posted 10-27-2014 03:24 PM

Great little batch of tools, there. The #45 looks to be in great shape.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 10-27-2014 03:40 PM

Love me some #45! Even better, it looks like you have most, if not all, of the cutters.

You’ve got some projects ahead, but looks like a nice variety of wooden planes. Please post some more as you get them working.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#8 posted 10-27-2014 07:29 PM

What a wonderful gift, lucky you.
You will have hours of joy restoring them and after years of joy using them.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 10-27-2014 08:48 PM

Wow, you hit the jackpot with this one. What a wonderful gift. Congrats

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 10-28-2014 10:00 AM

What a blessing to be entrusted with Grandpa’s old tools. You are bringing them back to life. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Chris Wright

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#11 posted 10-28-2014 03:27 PM

You lucky man, I only dream of finds like that. They all look to be in very good shape and should be easy to restore. Can’t wait to see more pics. I’m so jealous.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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