Another one from the pile.

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Project by Don W posted 10-04-2011 11:24 PM 2425 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the latest restore from the pile . Its 23” long, has Auburn Tool Co, Trade Mark Warranted on the blade.

This is the only one that was made in pieces. It was doweled together, so I’m thinking it may not be as old as some of the others.

After I glued this back together I planed it, (using a stanly, as I’m writing I’m thinking I should have used one of the other wooden planes), then sanded it and gave it several coats of BLO.

If anybody can tell what kind of wood this is, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 10-04-2011 11:49 PM

I don’t know what it is, but I’m loving the look of it. I’ve never been excited by the looks of a wooden plane, but that just changed when I saw this one!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#2 posted 10-05-2011 12:31 AM

Fantastic restoration!
What is the cause of fogginess in your workshop?

-- Jay in Changsha

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 01:15 AM

Beech would have been very common, but with the knots, it is likely to have been local. The company was in Auburn, NY. They changed names in the 1890’s sometime (merger to become Ohio Tool) and were founded late in the Civil War.

I have a Bailey #7 with a replacement blade by Auburn. Does your blade have a thistle on it? The dowels might have been a later repair/replacement, but were pretty common by the end of the Civil War.

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 01:21 AM

love is old planes come back to life

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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Don W

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 01:57 AM

I know beech and this isn’t it. It does have the thistle on it the blade. I have a few other Auburn tool blades as well, but didn’t realize they became Ohio tool.

The fogginess is a laziness. To lazy to go get the camera, because the cell is in my greasy pocket.

The dowels don’t go all the way through, not even through the piece they are in, so they were added at build.

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

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 02:22 AM

Yeah, way too much grain for it to be beech, and no one would have bothered bringing knotty beech to upstate NY. With the lighting, it is hard to tell, but something about the gray of the original condition and the visible grain makes me think it might be chestnut – in which case it will deepen very nicely under the BLO. It was pretty common back then right up to north shore of Lake Ontario, it was not until 1900 or so that the blight devastated the chestnut.

Between the company date, the chestnut (possible), and the dowels, the plane would be no earlier than 1865, not later than 1895. Dowels really become common in furniture manufacture around 1870 – one clue will be the diameter. Dowels were normally 7/16 in the Victorian period, 3/8 becoming a standard around 1900.

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#7 posted 10-05-2011 02:44 AM

I have seen chestnut and you are right, that could be it. I appreciate the rest of that info. I wish I’d known the dowel diameter would be a clue. I would have paid more attention, but if I had to guess I’d say 7/16”.

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

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#8 posted 10-05-2011 10:58 AM

Nice job that looks great and fun to use!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 10-05-2011 11:04 AM

Really nice, Don W.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#10 posted 10-05-2011 01:51 PM

Another beautiful restoration Don. You da man.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#11 posted 10-06-2011 10:50 PM

Hi Dan, since you are becoming the plane restore expert I figured I’ll ask you…

Have you had to deal with any checking on the wooden planes? Is there a way to repair them?

I just bought a wooden jack on ebay. For only $5 bucks so it was low risk. But it is checked almost all the way through the whole front half of the plane. I want to use it as a scrub plane so I’m thinking maybe I can patch it.

Is there anyway to fix it by squirting epoxy in there or something? Have you every done that?

I like the old laminated irons so I may just scrap it and make a new wooden body.


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 10-06-2011 11:04 PM

It depends. If its not a checked bad enough to cause structural damage, I usually fill it. What I fill it with depends on how big the crack is. At that point its what ever you’d use to fill any crack. I’ve used glue mixed with sawdust. Regular wood filler, and epoxy.

If its smaller checks, sometimes soaking in BLO will help.

I’ve got one that I hope to finish tomorrow that was checked pretty bad, but it wasn’t going to ever come apart, so I just kept adding glue and sawdust until they were full, the let it dry and sanded it. When I post it, you can be the judge of whether it worked or not. I think it came out great.

If you llok close at this one you can make out some cracks as well.

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

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#13 posted 10-09-2011 12:49 AM

Planing wood seems to free your subconcious mind. It is almost like some sort of wierd drug listening to the wood singing off the blade, while you watch the wood under take the form you desire….. I think I will go down to the shop now…..

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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