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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Villa Park, CA

    Vaughn's new planes

    Ask Vaughn about his "found" planes

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Henderson View Post
    Ask Vaughn about his "found" planes

    Well Vaughn, spill the beans
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Been busy, so I didn't have a chance yet. Thanks for the nudge, Mike.

    I've been chatting via PM with Mike lately, learning about old planes. He got me started looking on eBay at Vaughan and Bushnell planes. (Even though they spell it wrong, I've gotta love the name.) To save myself a bunch of typing, here's the content of a PM I sent him last night...

    I was digging around in the shop tonight and remembered I had a couple old planes my dad brought me last time he was in town. I didn't pay much attention to them at the time (it was the weekend of my wedding), and I stashed them away in a cabinet. Anyway, here's what I dug up:

    It's a Stanley Bailey No. 3 that belonged to my paternal grandfather. (The one who never did any woodworking as far as I knew.) It's dirty and lightly rusted, but it looks like it should clean up well.

    I don't know anything about Stanley patent dates, but here's what this one says:

    The other plane that my granddad had was one I've never heard of...a "Bluegrass". It's comparable in size to a No. 5, and it's made in the USA, but other than that, I don't know anything about it.

    It doesn't seem as substantial as the old Stanley, but I'm guessing it would also clean up into a decent user.

    Last but not least, I revisited this little guy, which I bought in the early '60s when I was about 6 or 7 years old. It's got a broken lever cap, but everything else is in decent shape but in need of cleaning and tuning.

    So it seems to me I should stop worrying about eBay auctions and look into turning these into user planes. (Although I could keep my eyes open for another lever cap for the 220.) A little elbow grease, some time with the sandpaper and granite tile, and maybe even some new Hock blades, and I'd think these would suit my limited needs. (Considering how little flatwork I do these days.)
    ...So, that was my find. What do you think? Also, do any of you you know anything about the Bluegrass plane?
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    Looks like you have some nice planes. That #3 is about the same age as a #5 I have. Check with Walt at Brass City Tools, he may be able hook you up with a cap for the block. Don't know much about the Blue Grass plane. I know they made some nice chisels. It looks substantial. Have fun!!!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Tokiwadai, Japan

    All 3 look like nice candidates for "renewal"... Great find, and some family history to boot!

    Please be sure to document your project so some of us newbies can learn. (off to check craigslist again...)

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