Plane No 3 – a well used German Bench Plane for $9

The third plane that I took off the shelf to try out, is a continental bench plane manufactured by Ulmia shown below.  I picked it up for $9 and it’s definitely usable and the iron is sharp (trust me on that one).

The plane itself isn’t rare as Ulmia still manufactures planes today and you can buy model HW5-33 called “Scrub Plane with white beech sole” shown below which looks quite similar to mine.

But I discovered while checking the dimensions of -plane that it us actually a smoother not a scrub model from Ulmia. What brings me to this conclusion is the width of the plane body.  The scrub plane body is 49mm or 1.9inches wide per the Ulmia catalog.  The Bench plane is wider at 64mm or 2.51 inches wide.  My plane is the later see below:

So now all of the text that I had marvelously put together regarding scrub planes can now be saved for another day.  So back to the plane I bought and started this blog post about.

I took some photos of the planes from various angles to show you what it looks like.  The only cleaning done, was with some “Alfie’s Wax” to retain the patina.

A nice photo of the horn at the front of the plane.

The medallion in the center of the plane at the bottom of the horn does say “Ulmia” so that obviously helps identify the maker.  The marks to the left of the emblem could be owners marks, and I have no idea if they are or not.

The photo above shows the profile of the plane and the small round metal disk that is used to support the metal flap which sits against the wedge. (detail photo below)

I’m sure there is a tool specific name for that part and I’m sure I will get to know it eventually. Here is a picture of it.

The next two photos show the sole of the plane.

Note the chip in the sole after the iron.  Pretty sure I will not attempt repairing that anytime soon.  Remember the fiasco on an older scrub plane I got myself into (frown).

The photo below shows the knob on the heel of the plane that you hit with our mallet to adjust the iron.

And finally below is a photo of the plane and some cuttings I was able to produce on a rough piece of pine that I use to test irons.

below is a photo of the finished surface after planning.

I need to sharpen the iron, but I must admit that I like the feel of the plane.  It is different from the some of the english coffin and bench planes I have used,  Fiddling with the iron via the wedge is still a skill that I am learning overall but this is a good buy for $9.

Cheers,  until next time.


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