Plain Hand Plane…Posted: April 21, 2012
An extra hour one morning before work yields a simple holder above the workbench for my handplanes.
The two planes on the top belonged to my great grandfather. I cleaned them up best I could. The block plane on the top left is the earlier model of the #18, which they started making in 1888. More about it here (scroll down). The smaller 5 1/2″ block plane on the right was in production from 1877-1962 according to the previous link. It’s an earlier model with the solid lever cap, whereas the later models have an opening in the cap. The bottom left is a 8″ smooth plan that my dad gave me, and the bottom right is a 10″ smoothing plane I got from craigslist.
While we’re at it, what else is on this wall…? The blue handled spokeshave is mostly a piece of crap. It was $3 at harbor freight and I couldn’t resist at least trying it. The scraper set has been really useful though. I nice cheap intro to using scrapers – I got them from Rockler.
I need to move my straight chisels to this side of the shop. Not that the room is that big, but any time I go to use them I end up walking back and forth to take them to his bench anyway. I plan on getting a set of chisel gouges for carving soon, those will go above the screwdrivers. To the far left is a Pfeil Smiss made v-gouge I got on Ebay for cheap enough. The mallet on the upper right I made, to use for carving. The hammer below it was the one I used at my grandpas shop to practice with nails when I was a kid. It still gets use, which is nice. Tools and family history all wrapped together.