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    Cooper's Plane and other stuff

    a relative had this coopering stuff sent over from england

    the plane is 110 lbs, 5 1/2 feet long!

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    Now that's a plane! You could give up your gym membership if you worked with that every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    Now that's a plane! You could give up your gym membership if you worked with that every day.
    Actually, the plane is stationary. You bring the wood (barrel staves) to it. I've seen a couple of them in use at Williamsburg and Mystic Seaport.

    Steve: All those purpose-dedicated drawknives and shaves are really interesting, too. Great wall-hangers as-is, or you could clean and sharpen them and put them back to work. Made any barrels or kegs lately?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Actually, the plane is stationary. You bring the wood (barrel staves) to it.
    Seems to me I should have guessed that.
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    Quite a collection of scorps and shaves there! I know a few folks who'd trade treasured body parts for a collection like that.

    The plane is really interesting. It might well be one of a very few like that remaining, I can't imagine there were very many transitional coopering planes made with a metal body and wood sole. There are quite a few all woodies floating around but this is certainly one for the archives! Does it have any makers marks on it?
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    this plane is soilid cast iron, not a transitional
    i spent some time on the blade, tool works nicely

    this brass plate is riveted on

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    can we not embed larger pictures directly in the post?

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    From the picture it appears the plane has a wooden sole, not true? Either way it's a pretty incredible find!

    Can't find a lot on J Fearn, other than the obvious that he was a 19th century tool maker. The "supplied by" is an interesting turn off phrase. I kind of like it.
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    Nice find!

    If you double click the image once you've uploaded it (and before posting) you'll get a pop-up to set the size of the image to display, this is large...
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