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QUlrich

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01-09-2019 02:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane identification help antique hand tool

Hey everybody! I wanted to ask you all for a little help. I own a number of hand planes, but I do not know much more than the average woodworker about old planes. I just picked up a pexto block plane for 12 dollars or so and was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about it. Pictures included.

Also, there are a few pictures of a plane blade and chip breaker my dad got me for christmas. The blade is stamped sandusky tool co. cast steel. It looks like someone might have painted the blade and chip breaker at some point, which is mildly funny if I didn’t have to remove it. Does anybody know if it’s worth the effort to clean up and make a body for the blades for use? Outside I’d just being a fun project of course, I’d like it to be serviceable.

Sorry for the length, and thank you for and help you might be able to give. I haven’t found much. Thanks again!


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LittleShaver

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#1 posted 01-09-2019 01:39 PM

I can’t help with the Pexto, but I would definitely make use of the blade and chip breaker. Nothing like using a plane you made to make something else. I’ve made at least half a dozen over the years.

As for the Pexto, if it does what it is supposed to do reliably, then you have a user. Personally, I would have passed on it for over $5, but then again, I have a wide selection of block planes already and don’t see anything particularly interesting about the Pexto.

-- Sawdust Maker

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BlasterStumps

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#2 posted 01-09-2019 02:18 PM

I made a set of left and right rabbet shoulder planes out of a couple block planes like that PEXTO.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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QUlrich

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#3 posted 01-09-2019 02:57 PM

@LittleShaver
Thanks for the reply, looks like I’ll be trying my hand at making a plane then. Should be a good time. And on the pexto, I almost passed on it. I do already have a block plane that serves me pretty well, I ended up getting it for the project more than anything else. I’ll remember that for next time though

@BlasterStumps
I hadn’t thought of doing something like that. That might actually be a pretty cool idea for this plane.

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#4 posted 01-09-2019 03:37 PM

Here’s a picture of the modified planes. I only use them to clean up the rabbets in some cases. They work pretty good. I was wrong, only one of them is like the PEXTO.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#5 posted 01-09-2019 10:03 PM

Here is some pexto history, http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=2721

They’re not known for being of the best quality planes, but some of their other tools (like chisels and slicks) were some of the best.

The blade should make a pretty decent bench plane. It looks like it’s already been used quite a bit. Keep us posted.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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