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    Can you help identify this spokeshave?

    Um, it's a Stanley, made in England - what more do you need to know? :D I don't know if was ever dignified with a model number in the UK, but it's clearly a derivative of the Stanley "51" type. I had one I bought from a department store when I was 13, it was very inexpensive even for the...
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    Tool identification

    Yep, that's a number used by the Ohio Tool Co., though they also used a more 'conventional' numbering system as well for some of their range putting an "0" in front of the equivalent Stanley number as Record later did). Looks like it lost its lever cap at some stage & the Marples just happened...
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    Paring Chisels May Break Me

    David, I have tried to research the New Haven Edge tool Co., but can find precious little info on line. It seems they were a company that mostly made tools for others to sell under their own brand-names, so relatively few carried the NHET Co. stamp. I acquired these chisels in the early 80s...
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    Paring Chisels May Break Me

    I do love a good paring chisel! I have neither the patience nor skills to make anything like yours, David, but I was lucky to acquire some long, socketed New Haven chisels many years ago. I don't know if they were made for this purpose, but the shape is perfect for paring and their "offset"...
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    Unusual 30 degree bedrock frog?

    I presume by "frog" you are talking about the wedge-shaped moveable part that sits on a sloped ramp? The angle of the wedge has to be added to the angle of the bed ramp (wrt the sole) to arrive at the pitch angle. I have never measured the bed-ramp angle on any 'bedrocks' but eyeball memory...
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    Shall I continue lapping this sole ?

    Is that a #7 or a 6? In any case, it's a big'un and you are up for a bit lot of work getting it flat, by the looks of where it's at now - a lot is going to have to come off the rear section to get the toe co-planar. It's probably only a couple of thou high, but that can take a lot of work to...
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    Norris a5

    In a word, Pete, 'low'. I've got two Veritas low-angle jobs and my only real beef is with their adjusters. Both mine are last-century & have the original coarser thread adjusters. These are a bear for fine adjustments, the blade goes from zero to 100 at the merest touch! There must've been a...
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    Norris a5

    Tom, I most definitely do NOT favour the Norris adjuster! Clever as it is, it has fatal flaws, imo. To alleviate the insensitivity of the early design, the later patent uses absurdly fine threads which wear quickly (especially when used by heavy-handed types who are accustomed to Bailey planes...
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    Tiny wooden plane, but what’s it task?

    Could be useful in some patternmaking tasks, too. The nose looks quite fragile, so whoever made & used it (it does look well-used) was a careful craftsman, methinks. I think we moderns tend to forget how readily the craftsmen of a century & more ago made & adapted tools for specific purposes...
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    A question for planemakers - Secondary bevels on dovetailed plane

    Good to read that even someone of your ability & experience can make bloopers, C.R., I can boast I'm in the best company, now... :) I just finished making a couple of scaled-down planes using a softer brass than the C380 which is the only alloy easily obtained in convenient sizes here. This...
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    Norris a5

    I've got an A5. I could make a sketch with the main dimensions, and trace the sole profile on some 5mm grid paper. That should get you close enough for a model. I recently finished a small coffin-shaped infill myself, that is roughly half-size. It was fun but more of a fiddle than doing a...
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    Looking for a shoulder plane...

    Yep, that's the way I wuz taught, too, & I still finesse tenon shoulders & the like that way if they are less than 75mm or so wide. A shoulder plane doesn't excel at trimming narrowish tenon shoulders, there's simply not enough support & you're more likely to make a mess (speaking for myself)...
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    Looking for a shoulder plane...

    Somewhat reluctantly, I confess that I own 3 shoulder planes and a bull-nosed rebate. They are good tools & work very well but these are tools that will take a very, very long time to return the investment of time & $$s that went into making them (with apologies to G. K. Miller for ripping off...
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    Advice needed on old Stanley plane blade retraction

    Yes indeedy. This fact is frequently overlooked in the many instructions on fettling Bailey type planes. If everything is original & matching properly, the thumbwheel should also be somewhere near the centre of its stud or slightly on the frog side when the cam (or 'peg') is perpendicular to...
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    Advice needed on old Stanley plane blade retraction

    It does a bit more than that, Ian. It's very much an integral part of the depth adjuster system, and its dimensions are calculated pretty closely to give the blade a useable range of movement. There isn't a lot of wriggle-room, if the distance from edge to cam slot is out by 2-3mm it can mean...
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