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SSotolongo

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07-26-2020 08:21 PM

Hello all. I need some help IDing and getting some more information on the hand plane in the images below. It was in my father’s shed. The only identifying mark is the Ace Hardware sticker, but I can’t find anything on it. He probably hasn’t used this in in 15-20 years at least. I think he probably purchased it back in the 70s when he would have been doing finishing carpentry. Probably for shaving doors and things like that. I wanted to know if it’s worth fixing up and using it or just retiring it. I’ve cleaned it up a little and its coming along, but I don’t want to waste time and buy a new blade for something that just isn’t going to work very well anymore. Blade looks like it’s too bent to save. Thank you.


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Don W

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#1 posted 07-26-2020 08:28 PM

It’s probably going to need some tuning, maybe a lot. It’s hard to make out what the frog is made like, so better pictures of the frog and other components will help give better advise. It’s also pretty easy to straighten a blade if it’s not to bad, but I doubt it’s a top of the line blade. If you just want it for the same use, (trimming doors.etc) it can probably be made to work just fine.

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SSotolongo

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#2 posted 07-26-2020 09:11 PM



It s probably going to need some tuning, maybe a lot. It s hard to make out what the frog is made like, so better pictures of the frog and other components will help give better advise. It s also pretty easy to straighten a blade if it s not to bad, but I doubt it s a top of the line blade. If you just want it for the same use, (trimming doors.etc) it can probably be made to work just fine.

- Don W

Are these good enough, or you need me to take off the frog? I was looking to use it to flatten boards for some projects I wanted to do. I will probably get a planer in the next year or so. I just don’t want to wait that long to start some projects I have had in mind for a while. I am hobbyist and this is what helps me maintain my sanity.

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bandit571

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#3 posted 07-26-2020 09:38 PM

Made by Great Neck Tool Co. for ACE Hardware…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Don W

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#4 posted 07-26-2020 09:51 PM

I’d say it’s a later model defiance type. Tune it and try it. It should work.

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

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SMP

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#5 posted 07-26-2020 10:48 PM

I have a buck brothers that i bought in the mid 90s that looks almost exactly like that. And the Ace sticker looks probably around that same time period. I tuned and sharpened it and works ok. My main complaints are the iron is too soft and gets beat up too quick, and it gets out of tune fast.

Funny how even the shape of the sticker recess lol:

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John Jardin

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#6 posted 07-27-2020 12:13 AM

Looks like a #5 to me – not sure what number Great Neck Tool would assign to it,
If there are no cracks in the casting, I’d clean it up and turn it into a nice user plane.
Check out Paul Sellars utube on restoring a plane.

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SSotolongo

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#7 posted 07-27-2020 01:26 AM



Made by Great Neck Tool Co. for ACE Hardware…

- bandit571

Thanks. A cheap one, but doesn’t hurt for practicing.

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SSotolongo

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#8 posted 07-27-2020 01:27 AM



I d say it s a later model defiance type. Tune it and try it. It should work.

- Don W

I’ve cleaned it up a bit and it’s coming along. Even if I get just some practice and hone in on my skills a bit, I think it will be worth it.

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SSotolongo

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#9 posted 07-27-2020 01:29 AM



I have a buck brothers that i bought in the mid 90s that looks almost exactly like that. And the Ace sticker looks probably around that same time period. I tuned and sharpened it and works ok. My main complaints are the iron is too soft and gets beat up too quick, and it gets out of tune fast.

Funny how even the shape of the sticker recess lol:

That may be it, but this one would be an older model. He had it well before that.

- SMP


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SMP

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#10 posted 07-27-2020 01:49 AM

Well, wouldn’t be older than 1987. (I bought mine in probably 1993.

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SSotolongo

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#11 posted 07-27-2020 01:58 AM



Well, wouldn’t be older than 1987. (I bought mine in probably 1993.

- SMP

Very interesting. I could have sworn it was older. I seem to recall him working with them before then. Of course I was 9 in 1987. Maybe it’s a replacement and being in my own world, I didn’t notice that. I just saw him working with a hand plane. Still looks like I can clean it up a little and put it to good use. Thanks.

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bandit571

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#12 posted 07-27-2020 01:32 PM

Hmmm…

The #5 model would have been the C-5…..

The only Buck Brothers Jack plane I have had…had a thumbscrew instead of a lever on the cap iron….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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SSotolongo

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#13 posted 07-27-2020 01:40 PM

I think it might have gotten dropped with the blade partially sticking out or something butted up to it as some point. Not sure if its worth trying to fix this blade. The tool itself is cleaning up pretty nice though.

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SSotolongo

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#14 posted 07-27-2020 01:42 PM



Hmmm…

The #5 model would have been the C-5…..

The only Buck Brothers Jack plane I have had…had a thumbscrew instead of a lever on the cap iron….

- bandit571

It has no marking other than the Ace Hardware sticker and “Made in the USA” stamped on it. That’s why I was puzzled about this thing.

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RHutch

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#15 posted 07-27-2020 02:49 PM



I have a buck brothers that i bought in the mid 90s that looks almost exactly like that. And the Ace sticker looks probably around that same time period. I tuned and sharpened it and works ok. My main complaints are the iron is too soft and gets beat up too quick, and it gets out of tune fast.

Funny how even the shape of the sticker recess lol:

I wonder if it just need to be re heat treated. Someone may have ground the temper out of at some point.

- SMP


-- Hutch, Rhode Island

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