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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 04-26-2012 06:32 PM

BLO = Boiled Linseed Oil

The little coffin smoother should probably clean up ok. The transitional (wood block with metal adjuster and stuff on top) might clean up ok without a lot of work. If I am correct just off the top of my head, I think it is a Stanley #27 (or more likely the Union equivalent but can’t tell from picture) You can see some really pretty ones in the Studley Toolchest.

The wooden molding planes are going to be hard if you have missing irons (and maybe boxing in one of them – again, hard to tell from pictures). If you have the space, put them on a shelf until you get more experience restoring stuff. They don’t look too far gone but it will take some expertise.

As far as value, nothing of great rarity or particularly collectible. Just good solid planes.

Don’t underestimate molding planes compared to routers. Many times you can cut a profile with a plane before someone is done inserting a bit in a router, setting the depth, plugging it in.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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