HAND SAWS: WOODWORKING HAND TOOL BUYING GUIDE #4

Mist appears in their eyes or two: The only obvious conclusion you can draw from this is that Norris made a lot of planes in their history, some of them are incredible, some of them suck. Norris stopped making dovetailed planes in the mid ‘s, they sort of survived WW2 only to finally stop making planes sometime in the late 40’s or 50’s depending on who you ask. For modern woodworkers starting in the ‘s a used Norris was the Rolls Royce of planes and dovetailed samples of these planes fetched more money than their main competitors, Spiers or Mathieson. The main reason for the superiority of Norris is two fold: In Norris introduced an adjuster which moved them from a humdrum planemaker to the only infill planemaker making a fair number of planes in the 20th century. In general their planes are a generation newer than Spiers or Mathieson and have seen less wear and are simply not worn out. In addition, with the adjuster, Norris realized that there was no business trying to compete with Stanley type planes or wooden planes as Spiers tried too, and Norris’s efforts were spent going higher and higher end. In the ‘s a nice rosewood dovetailed Norris smooth plane went for about dollars.

Transitional Planes

Three hand saws inc. Three Disston hand saws inc. Two Keen Kutter saws: Needs a light cleaning, good etch. Three steel plumb bobs inc.

Jan 28,  · If that first plane is a Sears Craftsman, it is not a Stanley either, but a knock off. It could be a very well made knock-off. Everyone copied Stanley Bailey planes.

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Grits — The Craftsman Professional screwdrivers are, to use a coworker’s expression, “real average”. The Craftsman Professional combination wrenches — and I’ll include the regular Craftsman deep offset box wrenches, which are fully polished — are very good. The combination wrenches are, um, shall we say “fully faired” at the box-to-shank juncture, and as a result they may not snake into a really tight recess as well as a wrench with a more abrupt is that spelled right?

The Craftsman Professional ratchets are standard Danaher pear-head mechanisms in fully polished bodies with a round shank and a contoured grip, and I consider them to be the good-looking-and-smart kid in that Danaher family. I understand that the Craftsman Professional ratchet body is almost identical with the one used for Danaher’s tool-truck line, Matco, except that obviously the C’man doesn’t have the Matco eagle-in-hex logo on the head.

I’m not a big fan of the Danaher oval-head ratchets, but I do own a few and the newer ones do work very well.

Craftsman Hand Plane Model Number Comparison, for those asking “Who made my Craftsman Plane”? Some Additional Information from Glen on Millers Falls. Dating the logo. Before the Craftsman brand came about in , Fulton was the top Craftsman tool.

June 11, Mike, Hock blades and chipbreakers are excellent. Lie-Nielsen also makes replacement blades that are the same thickness as the originals. Chris Mike Grawvunder June 11, I have gotten some really nice planes from e-bay. Have also been skunked a few times. Last week was one of the skunked planes. I won a Type 2, No. Got quick responses and the picture looked okay so I took a chance.

Craftsman Planes

The First Wood Planes Archeologists in Italy discovered the first known woodworking planes used by the Romans as they explored the excavations of Pompeii and its sister city Herculaneum. Destroyed by the volcano’s eruption that spanned two days, it covered the cities with more than 60 feet of pumice and ash. These extant tools are housed in museums. One such example is this Roman wood plane which was recovered from the Pompeii ruins.

Sep 05,  · Craftsman planes could have been made by Sargent, Fulton, Millers Falls, Stanley and probably some others out there. Craftsman pretty much contracted it out to whoever was the low bidder at the time. At least, back in the day, the options available were of better quality than typically found today.

Craftsman Jack Plane I recently came into possession of a Craftsman jack plane that belonged to my wife’s grandfather. It has no visible model number, but its resemblance to a Stanley 5 I also own is pretty striking. I will describe it in the hopes that someone can tell be a little about its history. Craftsman, as a brand, did not exist until little over 70 years ago, and my wife’s grandfather died 65 years ago, so I wonder if my mother-in-law’s recollection is accurate.

The bed is unremarkable. Its dimensions seem identical to a Stanley 5, and I suspect the tote and knob, at least, are interchangable. The tote is on a raised lip with the number “4” cast into the bed beneath the tote.

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You mentioned corrugated soles in your recent blog. I am asked about these planes from time to time. Several makers have tried to alleviate the burden on we woodworkers who use planes beyond the workbenches of woodworking shows. I use a plane everyday and have done so for almost 50 years. I say that because although I run schools, teach masterclasses and train woodworkers I still make furniture and work wood.

Feb 09,  · Insom is right, the older Sears & Roebuck “Craftsman” brand name planes were made by Stanley and Sargent for the most part. Every major tool manufacturer has made tools for Sears at one time or another. Most of the Sargent made planes for Sears .

This is a guest post from Joshua Klein. Then, beginning several decades ago, shop classes began to be removed from secondary curriculums. With the decrease in educational funding, and increasing emphasis on standardized testing, schools began to cull electives, institute stricter graduation requirements, and focus more on college prep academics and the subjects necessary for passing state exams. This demise of shop classes is quite unfortunate, as they were never solely about preparing students for trade employment.

Rather, they taught all men manual skills that they could use and enjoy throughout their lives, whether they became a carpenter or a doctor. They were considered part of becoming a well-rounded man — one able to use both his hands and his mind. Arguably the industrial arts class that is most missed is wood shop.

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A jointer plane is extremely handy for jointing the edges of boards straight as well as leveling the tops of wide panels flat. In fact I probably use my jointer just as much as I use a smoother. So I decided to write a blog and show how easy it is to refurbish an old jointer and put it back to use. The first thing I do when cleaning a plane is take it completely apart. Next you need to get yourself a product called Evap-O-Rust. I buy it in a five gallon bucket as I clean a lot of tools but a couple of gallons at your local auto parts store should do you just fine.

Sep 25,  · Identifying and dating bench planes – #3 through #8’s – is a game because the differences are subtle yet as long as the plane has a cast-iron machined frog you’ll be okay generally.

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