What? A #5 with bright orange plastic knob and tote!

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Don W

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06-18-2012 12:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: flea market hand plane plane

So, its fathers day and my wife and I go to a few flea markets, antique shops and just out for a ride. So here is the days take.

I need to thank Bandit for the first one. After seeing his, and walking by this, I had to have it. It was only $15. Not bad for a $10 plane. (hopefully some sarcasm there) Its a #4 size Craftsman, corrugated sides, plastic knob and tote, still in the box with the original booklet.

My main purpose was to read the manual to see what the grooves in the sides are for. Unfortunately there is nothing in the literature that mentions it. So I have to ask, now what am I going to do with this thing?

3 more planes, I thought they were no-names, but one is an eclipse, one is a fulton (both #4) and the #5 is still unknown. Its the one with florescent orange plastic handles.

A Stanley type 20 or 21 #4. Should restore to its original glory (or what you’d call a type 20ish stanley glory)

And a Union #110 look alike. I don’t have a Union #110 look alike and I’ve needed one really bad for a while now (note: more sarcasm) But its all there, not broke, and completely restoreable with some TLC.

A #5 thats seen much much better days, but at $5, with a sweetheart blade, my Stanley type 5 #4 previously restored will now have the appropriate cap (the one on it now has the stanley lettering) and I have an extra sweetheart blade. (not to mention an extra Stanley cap)

A #18 block that’s also seen better days, but the cap is perfect and the blade is good and I’m a sucker for #18s. For $3, I’ll risk not ever needing its parts. I’m thinking that’s pretty unlikely.

And last but not least, what I believe is a type 10 or 11 #5 1/2. I paid $5. It needs a blade and some TLC, but this one will become my user #5 1/2. Just somethig about those type 10-11s.

So what makes today different? Weeellll, glad you asked. I have never bought a plane with a plastic tote. Today I bought 2. I have never bought a plane without any intent on using it or returning it to a user to be used, today I bought a craftsman with a box. And lastly, I have never bought a used plane in the original box(I almost wrote vintage but I’m not sure how vintage it is), I now have a plane in its original box.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#1 posted 06-18-2012 12:55 AM

Sweet find on the 5 1/2. I shudder to think what I paid for mine. Cant wait to see it all Don’ed up. Happy father’s day.

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#2 posted 06-18-2012 01:04 AM

Don what a great day you had. Nice finds and some are even BRIGHT ;)
I have to say I have never seen a plane with corrugated sides. Weird.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 01:27 AM

Way to go Don! I too am curious about that corrugated side.

By the way, have you tried getting professional help for your hand plan sickness? Just wondering ‘cause I think I may have the same disease.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#4 posted 06-18-2012 01:28 AM

Don, I have a similar Craftsman my dad gave me. I’ve never really tried it out, but it’s quite heavy, and the fit and finish on it are quite good. Who knows…. maybe it’s a user!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 06-18-2012 01:37 AM

this is for all of sick plane acquiring wood workers, ive already extended the offer to charlie, but i never heard anything back, so i give the same offer to you, ill give you my address so you can rid yourself of all of these planes you just DONT need… and i will re distribute them to the poor and needy jocks of the world who might not even own a plane… i do you a service and you do the others a service…its good all the way around…pm me and ill give you my address, and i shall lighten your burdens and start you on the path to healing… thanks necessary …grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 06-18-2012 01:55 AM

well its official, you have jumped off the deep end. buying planes you may never use, in original boxes and with plastic totes.. I can forward you the address of a good doctor that may be able to help you..the first step in the healing process is admitting that you have a problem.. repeat after me ” I don’t need anymore planes”
I am a planeaholic..There now don’t you feel better already.. Papa

-- Papa...

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#7 posted 06-18-2012 01:56 AM

Grizz I don’t own any planes. (wink wink)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 06-18-2012 01:58 AM

I can’t read a word you wrote, Grizz. Are you talking to me? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 06-18-2012 02:03 AM

Don, you bought a plane in it’s original box AND you have no plans to use it? Does that mean you are now a . . . (gasp) . . . collector?

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#10 posted 06-18-2012 02:51 AM

Nice finds, Don! Hey, was that #5 repaired with J&B Weld? And that Craftsman #4, perhaps those cheek corrugations serve the same purpose in a chute boeard that sole corrugations serve in conventional planing?
wow, congrats on adding some nifty planes to your collection! ps.. that orange… is it TRW Chevrolet engine block orange???

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 06-18-2012 08:33 AM

I don’t know how you can keep restoring plane after plane after plane Don. I mean I did a few braces, but then I was fed up restoring braces. I did a few backsaws, but then I was fed up restoring backsaws. Don’t you ever feel like you’ve had enough? Why don’t you turn your talents to other hand tool restorations? I mean really Don, PLASTIC KNOBS AND TOTES!!! I can only think that you’re just trying to fill up that new plane wall as fast as possible. :-)

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Don W

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#12 posted 06-18-2012 11:42 AM

Andy, I’ve restored a few braces, but then I was fed up restoring braces. I did a few backsaws, but then I was fed up restoring backsaws, I’ve done a few hand saws, I did a cj7 once, several military rifles, houses, barns, motorcycles, vises. See a trend here? Most of these won’t be a permanent fixture on the wall, but hopefully in someones tool box who will use them as they should be used. Whats next?

poopiekat, I’m not sure what that #5 was welded with. I didn’t look that close. I really only wanted the cap, and the sweatheart blade was an added bonus.

JayT, I think I stepped in collector territory a while ago. I can say I have a sickness, or I can say I’m a collector. Collector just sounds better.

And I look at it this way, total for the day was around $35, including the $15 for the craftsman. The #5 1/2 will be worth more than that.

Next week end is the Round Lake Flea market. Its where I bought my 604 last year. Nope, not ready to stop yet!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#13 posted 06-18-2012 02:48 PM

Sweet, just the #5.5 was worth what you paid for all of them

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 06-18-2012 08:28 PM

The handles may have been painted orange because someone didn’t like others “borrowing” his tools. I read on Lumberjocks that someone painted theirs a bright colour(The colour avails me.).

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#15 posted 06-18-2012 09:12 PM

A #3 size

It’s Handyman cousin, also a #3 ( H1203) and

A M-F #9 All three for $10…...

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

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