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    A few small planes

    Managed to claim these small planes from my FIL estate last week as well.

    2 small planes (I think Instrument makers planes), 1 what I'm assuming is a small scraper plane, and a spokeshave thrown in for good measure.

    My FIL always wanted to show these planes to me, but never could seem to find them in the garage...



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    Seems to me it was worth cleaning out that garage. What other bits and bobs did you get out of it. So far you have a new saw and a few planes. Not bad i would clean out anyones garage for that.
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    Oh, I got a little mortar mixer that rotates a bucket of mortar, a pile of old socket chisels that need handles, and that's about it.

    I have temporary possession of my wifes grandfathers woodworking tool chest, with a few planes/saws, etc... I'm sending that to my good BIL in a little while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Managed to claim these small planes from my FIL estate last week as well...1 what I'm assuming is a small scraper plane...
    Brent,
    What you're referring to as a small scraper appears to be the bed & blade assembly from a Stanley #70 box label scraper. There's a hardwood handle, about a foot long, with a "Y" shaped yoke, that attaches to the protrusions on the side of your piece.

    The original use for the #70 was to remove labels from wooden crates and boxes so the boxes could be re-used.

    The little block plane looks like a Stanley #101, which was intended for light 'household' work.

    The Stanley #101 "squirell tail" plane you refer to as a 'violin' plane' is used for that, as well as by model makers and pattern makers. With its curved sole and hand-fitting form, this one is pretty sought after by collectors, and may have a fair value. My 1994 Walters Guide puts it in the $150+ range.

    Nice haul you made there!
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    Thanks Jim for the info!

    I'll have to do a little more research on these.

    I'd never even heard of a label scraper, but it makes a lot of sense. The angle it's set at seems a little high for a plane, and it doesn't really 'look' like a scraper plane.

    I do have some plans in my mind for making a carved back mandolin at some point. My hands are a little to big for the production made ones, so I was thinking I might make up a mandolin with a little thicker neck for wider spaced strings, and that little violin makers plane would be just the ticket for hollowing out the back...
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    I have a cousin to the second little guy. It is one of my handiest tools. I keep it in the pocket of my shop apron. I am constantly using it. Trim just a sliver, etc. I put an ever so slight Campher on the ends of tenons (to ease in starting into the mortises)

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