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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Trammel Points

 Shop made pair.

Mahogany body, brass handle, steel point, sheet copper keeper, bone lock knob. Backside of one has pencil holder.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Show No Shame

An original and a look-alike. On the right, a Stanley #122 Liberty Bell plane made in 1876. On the left, an Ohio Tool Company knock-off #0122 made circa 1894. The year 1894 was busy. The Stanley patent on the #122 expired and Ohio Tool merged with Auburn (NY) Tool Company. 

Ohio Tool made knock-offs of many Stanley tools, prefixing the Stanley model numbers with a zero. The Ohio #0122 is a drop-dead copy of the #122, except for the lever cap logo and lever connection to the cutter, which is very thick and tapered. Note the Ohio red japanning.


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Rare Block Plane

 Stanley #120, length 7-1/8”. Manufactured from 1876 to 1947. This example was produced in 1878 and is considered extremely rare. It has the Liberty Bell plane style adjusting mechanism which was used in these planes until 1887. Acquisition of this plane completed my collection of Liberty Bell planes.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Round We Go

Rounding plane, witchet, widget, take your pick on the name. This tool, found in the Texas Hill Country, is user made (stamped E. G. Bell). It is of mesquite, I think, with a cutter from a saw blade. The hole tapers from 1” to 3/4”. As seen in the photo, it turns out a very nice 3/4” dowel.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Why Two Compass Saws?

Grandpa’s tool box had these saws in it. No maker’s mark on handles. Illegible marks on blades, which are 8 tpi. I have recently become interested in what these saws are all about.
Turns out one saw is filed rip, the other crosscut. They are intended to cut curves, as in a round table top. As the direction of the grain changes the user swaps from rip to crosscut or visa-versa. The kerf is wide to allow turning. Though they make a rather rough cut, they do the job and that’s why we have spoke shaves.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Klox n’ Box

A blog containing examples of work from the Wolfden Woodshops

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