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    A tale of two planes

    A friend of mine posted on a local internet community site that he was putting three planes outside at the end of his driveway for anyone to take. I was there about 5 minutes after my wife saw the posting.

    The third plane was a recent Stanley, and I left it for someone else.

    The second plane is a Dunlap sized No. 3, nice japanning hardwood with some nice cracking in the varnish but good wood. No fore/aft adjusting bolt, and lots of surface rust. It's not as nice as an old Stanley, but it should be quite serviceable if fettled. I am offering it here for free, you pay the shipping.

    The first plane I saw, I grabbed right up. It looked like a Stanley No. 6, but didn't say Stanley anywhere. I took it home, and cleaned it gently. Turns out it is a Type 6: 1888-1892. The tote is hardwood, must've been replaced at some point, and the blade looks like a later replacement also. But the adjuster knob has the correct patent dates, as does the lateral lever [first introduced in T6.]

    I contacted my friend and offered the plane back to him. It was probably his great grandfather's. He was a pattern maker. The plane, I am happy to report will return to its family.

    Anyway, the first person to claim the Dunlap No.3 plane, via PM, will get it.
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    Sounds like some great planes and a greater gesture from you.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

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    Very nice of you Ken!
    So many people dont realize the little treasures that they own.

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    Nice little plane, that Dunlap #3. Dunlap was Sears 'homeowner' series of tools back in the late fifties or so (as opposed to the Craftsman 'professional' series). They're pretty good planes, and that one should clean up nicely to make a good user for someone.

    I've posted a couple accounts of resurrections/restorations in the recent past that the new owner could use as tutorials. Ever thought about trying one yourself, Ken?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    ... Ever thought about trying one yourself, Ken?
    Now that's funny right there.

    Ken, I'm not surprised at all that you called your friend and offered the T6 back to him. Kudos to you, sir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Ken, I'm not surprised at all that you called your friend and offered the T6 back to him. Kudos to you, sir.
    +1 Sounds like you should get some rewards in the next world....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    I've posted a couple accounts of resurrections/restorations in the recent past that the new owner could use as tutorials. Ever thought about trying one yourself, Ken?
    I have thought of it Jim, but there are already so many good tutorials out there. Do you think another step by step plane rehab would be useful here?

    The #3 is still available folks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    I have thought of it Jim, but there are already so many good tutorials out there. Do you think another step by step plane rehab would be useful here?...
    Actually, I meant YOU should try rehabbing one yourself, Ken.

    The tutorials remark was meant for a new, inexperienced, owner if one takes you up on your offer.
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    jim i think he has done that on a few occasions already from what i have seen in his shop he doesnt always get the roses,, he sometimes has to pick a few weeds first
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    I'm happy to report that the No. 3 is now spoken for.

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