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

New batch of Victorian Moulding Planes from England 18th Century

I just received a new batch of Victorian molding planes from the 18th century and there are 27 in total.   I've put some photos together to show the entire set and then groups of them to show the bottoms of the planes.  The description on the auction site was rather vague but the price was… Continue reading New batch of Victorian Moulding Planes from England 18th Century

Plane No 1 – G. Steadman and Sons Plough Plane

I was asking myself the other day why I collect antique or previously owned woodworking planes if you don't plan on using them?    Some folks buy them as investments and after seeing the prices for English and Scottish manufactured infill planes, who can blame them.  But I want to use mine, so I decided… Continue reading Plane No 1 – G. Steadman and Sons Plough Plane

Building a Krenov Hand Plane with Gerd Fristsche

When roaming the web looking for information on James Krenov, I came across a blog with a post detailing how to create a Krenov style smoothing plane.  There are multiple blogs, magazine articles and youtube videos showing how to create a Krenov Plane; indeed Krenov himself shows you how in his own books. However, a… Continue reading Building a Krenov Hand Plane with Gerd Fristsche

Old tools in an old barn

I visited a cousin in Virginia over Thanksgiving who lives in the Virginia countryside outside of Richmond.  She lives on several acres with some seriously large trees and a small horse barn.  In the barn there were some old tools and I took the time to take some photos of them in situ, they look… Continue reading Old tools in an old barn

Making a repair on an 18th Century wooden scrub plane

A few months ago, I acquired a small batch of wooden woodworking planes from a seller in Michigan.  The price was right but when I received them 4 of them needed repair.  The seller didn't disclose that bt he did refund my money for those planes so the deal worked out.  Good to know there… Continue reading Making a repair on an 18th Century wooden scrub plane

Time to get organized

It's funny how your progress on a task is directly related to your ability to find your tools.   Working on my tool cabinet was getting harder than it already was because I couldn't find anything.  So, out of frustration, I slapped up some plywood on one of the walls in the garage and started getting… Continue reading Time to get organized

A First pattern Mathieson panel plane – is it worth $4895?

    From an auction site comes this listing: BM150255 Mathieson, Glasgow A rare and important first pattern Mathieson panel plane. These early Mathieson infill planes are still a bit of a mystery to collectors. It is know that later Mathieson outsourced production, primarily to Norris, but little is know about these planes. Literally only a… Continue reading A First pattern Mathieson panel plane – is it worth $4895?

71s Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

The Stanley 71 Hand Router is the mostly metal version of the wooden hand routers from the 18th century and beyond.  Good usable examples go for $70 or so on the auction sites every day and there is no shortage of DIYers that make their own (or attempt to) in my case.  (see My hand Router… Continue reading 71s Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder