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08-14-2014 02:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planes antique identification identify question

I had a really neat opportunity this past weekend to buy some tools. I recently decided to start going backwards (forward?) a bit and start introducing hand tools into my projects. I love to buy and restore antiques, and search Craigslist a lot. I called a guy up about a Stanley 45, but it was gone. He says though, “Well, I have this tool chest full of other planes and stuff if you want to buy that.”

With a bit of chatting, he made it sound like some guy just closed up his chest after a day of work and never touched it again. I was really interested.

So I make the drive, check it out, and decide to buy. I left the chest itself because it was in really terrible shape and beyond any useable form anymore. But I did buy all the planes, squares, levels, and and a few extra’s. I really love it because all the tools are stamped by the same person (and a few are stamped with another guy as well). The only tools I left behind were 3 panel saws, some auger bits, and the entire top drawer was all files—and just some random bits and pieces that didn’t catch my eye.

Kind of tells a story if you use your imagination. Maybe he was working for a guy who was teaching him the trade and when he retired sold him some of his tools. Who knows, just fun to think about.

So what I was trying to figure out… I’ve never seen some of these types of planes, what are they? And what kind of woodwork did this guy likely do? Most of the planes are just different beading planes. The other ones below are just puzzling me.

This is the whole lot I picked up.

This is the first plane that puzzles me. I think it’s a moving fillister plane? I think if it is, it’s missing parts… shouldn’t there be a fence on the bottom?

Is this a rabbet plane? It seems kinda huge, no?

This one is beyond me. I have no idea what it is called, why the bottom curved, what it does, how to use it, why there are two screwed together… uhh?

And this is the type of iron in all the bench planes. Seems like this style of mark was from the late 1800’s? Anyone want to weight in and possibly help give a ballpark age on all these tools?

I also snagged this little block plane on the way out the door. The guy said to just take it because he was never going to use it. There are no marks, which makes me think it’s just a random 60’s or 70’s handyman special whatever.

Just a random shot of the bench planes. I love the side profile, looks like a race car.

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#1 posted 08-14-2014 03:03 PM

Am not any help on the plane types/uses brother, but certainly believe you have attained a great score there! Congrats and thanks for sharing… Really love those older tools!

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#2 posted 08-14-2014 03:09 PM

That’s a nice collection of tools. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 08-14-2014 03:18 PM

Post on the hand plane of your dreams thread. Many that frequent that thread know a freakish amount about different planes.

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#4 posted 08-14-2014 03:34 PM

+1 to TheFridge’s suggestion.

Judging by the tools you got and the tools that stayed behind, I would think the owner was a furniture maker that was a stickler for having his pieces squares (7 squares) and level (3 levels). I’m not up on the molding planes, but I would guess that they are all about the same vintage. The wood body planes and the molding planes should have the maker’s mark on the front of the tool. Some of those stamps might show up after a good cleaning. BTW, there are some good guides to cleaning up those tools, like Don W’s website (

BTW, I think you got the fillister plane correctly identified.

Nice get on the vintage tools, Joshua.

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#5 posted 08-14-2014 04:05 PM

Nice haul. If the chest is original to the period of the planes I’d go back and get it. Unless it’s totally rotted away it would be nice to restore it as well and keep it all in the original home.

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#6 posted 08-14-2014 04:40 PM

That first pictured plane is a dado plane—that is a nicker up front to score the grain on cross cuts, the thumbscrew controls the depth stop

The next pictured plane is a rabbet plane—it is used with a batten

The next appears to cut some kind of complex molding—can’t tell with out seeing the profile on the cutter
Most likely screwed together to make up the needed thickness (I suspect the curved bottom is wear)

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#7 posted 08-15-2014 12:20 AM

The plane that “is screwed together” is a sash plane. Used to make the cross bits in windows. You can adjust the width of the sash. Your 60’s handyman is really a Chaplin’s block plane. I have one just like it. It’s a monster when you set it next to another block. I think mine has a 2” blade.

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#8 posted 08-17-2014 09:04 PM

Charles Buck was late 1800’s.
And Deycart mentioned the sash plane. It was probably for curved sashes, that’s why the bottom is curved.

Sometimes they would clamp or tack a straight board to the piece they wanted to dado instead of having a fence on the plane, so that may be why you don’t see a fence. They would also just screw one to the side, which may account for the screw holes.

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#9 posted 08-18-2014 08:07 PM


Very nice score you have there. Congratulations.

Something to consider for next time. When you come across a stash like that, I would encourage you to take everything. Then use your woodworking skills to restore the tool chest similar to what others have done on this site. Smitty's restore is amazing. By keeping everything together you maintain the “time capsule” contextual element of the tools. AND increase their value if you ever do sell them. Also, I’ve found that while I may not have an interest in a tool at one time, I’m all of a sudden interested as heck down the road. But that’s a different discussion :)

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#10 posted 08-26-2014 01:58 AM

Thanks for all the replies everyone. I appreciate the help. I’ve looked for a while on the internet and I haven’t seen a plane anywhere like the curved bottom sash one. It’s got me really interested in it.

Also, I decided to start taking apart that Chaplin block plane tonight, and was pretty bummed to see it’s broken. Looks like I’ll just have to cut it out and weld something else in there.

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