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Forum topic by BrentParkin posted 10-02-2017 12:58 AM 597 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2017 12:58 AM

I found an ebony spokeshave today that should clean up to be a fantastic tool. A previous owner split the handle slightly by driving a nail into one end with a leather cord on it to hang it. The crack will close nicely with some glue. I’m glad he didn’t drill a hole to hang it.

I can’t find any information on the maker of the tool though. The name J.Fox & Sons is stamped into the bottom. Has anyone heard of this maker? Can’t wait to clean it up and repair it this week. It has no wear on it at all and is still razor sharp!!

-- Regards,

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#1 posted 10-02-2017 01:03 AM

There wasn’t much barrier to entry for a carpenter
to get into manufacturing wooden planes. There
still isn’t. A handful of wood plane makers became
large going concerns. Mostly the smaller manufacturers
didn’t grow much. Even 19th century makers of
cast-iron machinery aren’t very well documented.
It was the industrial age and a lot of creative people
tried their hands.

I never heard of the maker, but that’s no surprise.
A lot of wood planes are stamped even more
obscurely. You can set up ebay to notify you if
a plane from the maker shows up.

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#2 posted 10-02-2017 01:28 PM

That looks like a really nice shave.

Maybe someone with one of the plane maker reference books will see this and have a chance to look up that maker. I don’t know if they would be listed if they didn’t also make planes, but there’s a decent chance they did. If no one does see this, post in the Handplane of you dreams thread and more people will see it.

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#3 posted 10-02-2017 01:59 PM

I’ve not heard of the maker. Nice little shave.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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