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Forum topic by ozdude posted 06-05-2018 05:20 AM 724 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ozdude

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06-05-2018 05:20 AM

Hi all,

Recently purchased a US made Stanley No 5 smoothing plane with an unusual (to me in Australia) knob. It appears to be two piece laminated, but the reason for my inquiry is that in places the join travels perfectly along small curved contours.

I can’t imagine anyone painstakingly following small curves in order to produce such a perfect join which makes me wonder if it could possibly have come from one piece of wood. It seems improbable, as the colors are SO different, but the join is so perfect I can’t help wondering. I have rubbed one coat of Danish oil into the wood which was quite heavy and dense.

I can’t find anything like it on the web so hoping someone in the US might have a similar knob in their collection and can tell me if there is a US timber with these pronounced two tone characteristics or if the US Stanley workshop was at some time manufacturing two piece knobs.

Though it’s such a small piece you’d have to wonder why they’d bother!

Cheers, Ozdude.


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#1 posted 06-05-2018 06:26 AM

If it were glued some of the pores would likely
be sliced off at the joint. I can’t see any.
Looks like rosewood to me.

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#2 posted 06-05-2018 06:54 AM

Thanks Loren. So rosewood can have two really different colors in the one piece. Is that common with rosewood or more just occasional?

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#3 posted 06-05-2018 07:07 AM

Striations of dark brown and lighter red brown
are the most common pattern I’ve seen, but
I think there may be over 100 species of rosewood
and lots of variation within species. Veneers and
guitar plates appear to be commonly rift or
quartersawn, while the plane knobs may have
been plain sawn to maximize yield, resulting in
some pieces that don’t show the familiar striped
patterns.

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#4 posted 06-05-2018 08:08 AM

Thank you so much. Very helpful information to add to my wood species memory bank. Never ends!

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#5 posted 06-05-2018 09:36 AM

It’s definitely rosewood and quit common to find like that.

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#6 posted 06-05-2018 01:38 PM

Yep – definitely one piece of wood.

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#7 posted 06-07-2018 03:56 AM

Thanks all. Really appreciate your feedback.

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#8 posted 06-08-2018 01:38 AM

You can find some knobs with a “headlight”. Dark brown heartwood and really pale sapwood.

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#9 posted 06-09-2018 06:03 PM

Here’s another I just found

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#10 posted 06-10-2018 09:33 PM

Wow! That’s almost identical. Thanks Don.

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#11 posted 06-11-2018 12:01 AM

This is on my type 1 bedrock #4 1/2

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#12 posted 06-11-2018 01:24 PM

Here is one on a type.2 Sargent 418 I started restoring yesterday

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