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268115 Michael Suwczinsky <nicknaylo@g...> 2019‑03‑14 Re: Oldest plane
Great idea Tom,

"You might be able to remake the cam lever without having to replace the
entire lever cap. Or maybe using a thumbscrew or knurled screw"

I'd thought of maybe seeing if the lever cap from a 6 or 7 might fit. but I
think I might be able to forge and file the thumb lever for the lever cap,
and if that doesn't work, a thumbscrew would let me have fun cutting
threads!

Kirk's comment refers to the time Bill K picked up a 4 1/2 at the Alameda
Flea, with a golf ball for a front knob for a piddling amount.  I'm sure I
can turn a knob, though I'm hoping I have a donor plane for the bolt, and I
might just screw a golf ball on there for the funny

Michael


On Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 2:13 PM Ed Minch  wrote:

> Fun find.  The front knob will be hard to find, but as a user, even a tall
> one will do.
>
> Ed
>
> > On Mar 14, 2019, at 3:35 PM, Michael Suwczinsky 
> wrote:
> >
> > At least the oldest I've ever found in the wild. A type 4 4 1/2 C plane,
> at
> > least according to the type study flow chart. I'm assuming 1885 due to
> the
> > lateral adjust lever,
> >
> > > https:/
/www.flickr.com/photos/10735775@N.../47363728021/
> >
> > ridden hard and put away wet!  The iron is tapered with an anvil logo
> > splitting up the word TRADE   MARK
> >
> > and there's a big chip out of one cheek, a missing front knob and the
> boss
> > filled with dirt so crusted over  I'd assumed the threaded rod was broken
> > off  and rusted in place. Mineral spirits and toothpicks cleaned it out.
> > > https:/
/www.flickr.com/photos/10735775@N.../47310971252/
> >
> > But with nothing more than a cursory cleaning and not touching the iron,
> it
> > took shavings from pine,
> > > https:/
/www.flickr.com/photos/10735775@N.../47310971102/
> >
> > Telling me that this is a plane that wants to go back to work! $10 for
> the
> > pile that included a Surform, welding gloves and a book on stone knives
> > (the paleo archer guys will like that one)
> >
> > Haven't been this excited about an old iron plane in long while.
> >
> > --
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Michael

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