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Blog series by toolmike updated 01-30-2014 07:55 PM 9 parts 11660 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Identifying European wooden planes

09-30-2013 01:05 PM by toolmike | 2 comments »

Vintage wooden planes from Europe aren’t that common in North America, but when you do find one, identifying where it came from can be an interesting adventure. Below is a small study on identifying a plane, and some resources on European planes. Identifying European wooden planes

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Part 2: Razee planes

10-10-2013 02:49 AM by toolmike | 0 comments »

One of the more interesting styles of wooden plane is the razee plane. The razee is likely named after a ship which has been razed – cut down to reduce the number of decks. Likewise, a razee plane has the rear portion of its body lowered such that the handle sits at a lower angle. What is a razee plane ?

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Part 3: Cloned planes (Part 1)

12-10-2013 08:35 PM by toolmike | 0 comments »

This is the first post of three relating to cloned planes – vintage planes made by the likes of Stanley, Sargent and Millers Falls for catalog companies such as Sears.

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Part 4: Cloned planes (Part 2)

12-12-2013 02:35 AM by toolmike | 0 comments »

This is the second part of a series on cloned block planes. It looks at Craftsman, Dunlop and Fulton planes.

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Part 5: Cloned planes (Part 3)

12-13-2013 03:16 AM by toolmike | 0 comments »

The final posting on clones – this one looks at three clones: CAPEWELL, WORTH and PEXTO block planes. The next post on clones will be one on the Craftsman combination plane.

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Part 6: Another weirder aluminum plane – “THE BOSTON”

12-28-2013 05:01 PM by toolmike | 1 comment »

Another weird aluminum block plane from my collection – “The BOSTON”. I know of three planes in this series, but next to nothing about the manufacturer.

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Part 7: Weird aluminum planes

12-21-2013 03:53 AM by toolmike | 1 comment »

Aluminum block planes are some of the strangest of planes around. They appeared for a brief period during the wars, and maybe again in the 1950s. Two of the strangest are the UTIL and The BOSTON – from unknown companies.

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Part 8: The block planes of superheroes!

01-02-2014 11:35 PM by toolmike | 3 comments »

An interesting series of block planes in which the base, and often other components are made of steel – formed using a combination of stamping press and punch press. They were touted as “indestructible”.

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Part 9: "Buck Rogers" planes from Millers Falls - Part 2

01-30-2014 07:55 PM by toolmike | 2 comments »

A tear-down of a Millers Falls 709, as per the Millers Falls advertising literature.

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