Atkins Plane

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Project by rustfever posted 02-22-2010 06:24 AM 2746 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today, while at an estate sale, I happened on to several smaller planes. A #3 Bailey, and #220 Stanley, a couple of unknowns, PLUS an ‘Atkins’. After cleaning layers of dirt, I found a brass knob that said ‘E.O. Atkins & Co. Indianoplis’ and ‘Pat’d Dec 27, 1897’.

After a bit of cleaning and rust removal, all elements now move. And without any work, I was able to make a curl from a pine board.

All of this, and only $20 for all 6 planes!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 06:27 AM

Great find Ira. Is the blade marked at all?

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

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 06:29 AM

It is hard to be some of those old planes. You will have some nice tools there. I have a Bailey #3 that is one of my favorites.

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

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 06:40 AM

What a great find!!!! I would like to run into the same deal, good clean-up to. Enjoy.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 07:02 AM

i have one like the one furthest on the left what one is tht?

-- wood takes time and effort... just like women

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#5 posted 02-22-2010 07:08 AM

The one on the left is a Stanley #3, Type 13 I believe….. It has the 3 patent dates behind the frog…

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

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 05:19 PM

Great find

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 06:08 PM

Wonderful find at an excellent price!

Can’t say definitively w/o research, but I don’t believe Atkins ever made a plane. Is the blade marked? If so, I would say the maker of the plane is what’s marked on the blade. Then, I would speculate that a previous owner used the medalion screw from an Atkins saw handle to replace the front knob/adjustment screw for the plane’s adjustable mouth.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#8 posted 02-22-2010 06:17 PM

Lucky find, Lucky I wasn’t there!!!!

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

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#9 posted 02-22-2010 09:53 PM

Wayne and Paul and others,

I am, too, beginning to think something is fishy with this Atkins Plane. First, I does have a Stanley Rule & Level Co cutter [iron]. Second, it shows patent mark cast into the sole of 6-97 [July 1897 I assume].

Third, in my research on the web, I find volumnes about Atkins, but nowhere is there any mention of manufacturing or marketing any wood plane. Saws, yes, just nothing about planes.

Finally, the real tip off come when i carefully examined the knob. It has four flat sides under the knob. This is just how a ‘carriage’ bolt is made. And this would be logical for a ‘Sex Bolt’ to be used in a saw handle.

So now, I am going to retract my earlier statement about having found an ‘Atkins Plane’. This is a Stanley block plane with a replacement knob. From an Atkins saw.

Some creatative woodworker managed to keep his plane working after having lost the Stanley knob.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#10 posted 02-23-2010 03:18 PM

Excellent find, I love those old planes.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#11 posted 02-23-2010 09:11 PM

Some great looking planes.

Nice restoration.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 02-24-2010 12:41 AM

one of the other unknowns is a bullnose rabbet looks like either a millers falls or stanley

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#13 posted 02-24-2010 01:13 AM

lucky dog!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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