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Great Resource for Plane Identification

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Review by poopiekat posted 01-09-2019 12:04 AM 775 views 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a three-volume set of reference books that focuses on patents for woodworking tools throughout U.S. history.
Images of all planes, and a variety of spoke shaves, obscure shoot boards, tools for shoe-making, all compiled from the US Patent office, are shown and described here. Other than a Stanley #11, I was not aware of the huge volume of leather (shoemaking) tools.

The primary patent holder, and secondary partners if known are listed along with a basic guide to rarity. Patents are indexed and searchable by the Designer’s name, patent number, date of patent, location which makes it handy for research depending on what ‘clues’ your tool indicates, and if none of that info is present you can search the mechanical drawings in the presumed age of your tool.

The three volumes do not touch on advertising or press releases like ’PTAMPIA’ does, but it will help with the identification of your obscure tools. The authors’ expertise in the relative rarity of a given plane is of great value, and they caution you to consider their statistics such as “5,000 known to exist” or “less than 5 known to exist” to be a relative parameter. They use a Stanley #2 as an example, value is driven more by desirability rather than how many exist, for example. http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3280

The images of the actual mechanical drawings are all there, but lack the accompanying legend that describes each numbered part in the drawings. Otherwise, I’d give it 5 stars. Hey, one of my own ancestors holds two patents!!!

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