Identification infill plane Rotherham Coventry K28

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Forum topic by imker posted 01-16-2014 08:08 AM 1278 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2014 08:08 AM

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I recently picked up this nice plane on ebay.
The iron and chipbreaker are not original. Iron is marked “Stanley SW Made in U.S.A.”
The only other marking I could find so far are on the adjustment knob “RotherhamĀ“s Coventry K28 ”
It is 51cm long and 7 cm wide and pretty heavy.

I have been searching the web for the names hoping to find out more about it. But I did not find anything that came close. Especially the front tote seems to be very unique for a infill pane.

Does somebody have information on the plane maker?
What would be the original chipbreaker and iron?
How old is it? Any recommendation? Should I just leave it like it or give it a gentle clean up?

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 10:39 PM

No help here on an I/D, but a gentle clean couldn’t hurt..

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 11:23 PM

I am willing to bet it was made by a industrious craftsman. Little things about it make me think that. The fact that the infill is 3 pieces of wood and not one the shape of the lever cap knob it was clearly a brass bolt. The unfiled peening near the adjuster.

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 12:08 AM

How are the sides joined to the bottom? If you study that edge carefully can you see any indication that they were two different pieces joined together? If not then my money would also go on user-made. The length would indicate something along a Stanley #8 with toe and heel chopped off – but the width 7mm comes out to just over 2.75” and a Stanley 8 would have been slightly thinner than that so maybe a British equivalent – record or ???

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 05:52 AM

Well, thanks for your support. Did a little cleanin. It was more of a dedusting, so very gentle.

I found out, that there was or is a company rotherham that made some brass oilers.
So someone might have just used some spare brass parts with the names on to make the adjustment knob.

The sides are joined with 5 dovetails to the bottom. 10 screws to each side.

So it is probably British.
Any guess on the age?

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