Hardware City Tools Replacement Knobs and Totes

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Review by BigDawg posted 12-22-2012 12:13 AM 4685 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently acquired a Stanley #4, Type 11 plane which was in desperate need of restoration. I found the plane at a flea market for $6.00, so if it was a dog then what am I really out? The plane’s body, frog and lever cap were in good shape, so I decided to clean it up and make a user out of it. Unfortunately, both the knob and tote were in horrible shape, which leads me to this review. I found Bill Rittner on the internet after doing a Google search on replacement plane totes. As luck would have it, he actually lives only a couple of miles from me in Connecticut. I contacted him via his website and we arranged for me to come to his shop. I paid him and expected to get a call from him in three weeks as we had agreed. One week later he emailed me and said that my order was ready. WOW! What a difference. Bill makes his totes a little thicker than the factory produced originals and believe me, it does make a difference. I prefer the three finger grip when planing and the overall “feel” with the larger grip is remarkable. Rittner makes the knobs and totes using cherry and walnut, though he can make custom sets using other species. I ordered walnut for both the #4 and a Stanley #5 i had already fettled. The wood is finished with varnish. The set I purchased cost $40 plus shipping.

I think this is a fair deal for such nice work. To order a set, visit his website at or contact Bill Rittner at [email protected]

-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT

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#1 posted 12-22-2012 12:14 AM

Thanks for the review.


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#2 posted 12-22-2012 01:52 AM

Perfect! I was just looking for a replacement for a hand plane I brought back from my parents last time I visited.

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#3 posted 12-22-2012 02:28 AM

Thanks for posting Bill web site this will come in handy dandy for sure…Blkcherry

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#4 posted 12-22-2012 10:50 PM

I know of Bill through the Old Tool List. Bill does very nice work. He also has added another item that he makes. He can make wooden screw sets to use if you are making a moxon vise or a leg vise for your bench.


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

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