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2015 in review

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Not your average restore.

Union?? #4     

If tools with character is your thing, this will fit very well in your shop. I’m only guessing this is a Union, and if it is, its an early one. Its well built and works very well. The front knob bolt is similar to the Union X series. The rear tote bolt was similar but I had to replace it because someone had cut it way to short. If the Buyer would like the original I will send it. There are no markings on the base other than the size.

The tote is an experiment of mine. It came out ok. Its rosewood with some Ash reinforcement strips. It is a replacement tote, the original was trashed. The knob is the original mahogany.

As you can see, the chip breaker has some serious pitting. I thought about replacing it, but the business end is perfect, and it just fits the plane. The original cutter was a Victory replacement. (I assume replacement). It was pitted a very small amount, but enough so I wouldn’t leave it in a smoother. It now has a Stanley cutter.

The cap has a pebbled look. I almost think it may have been painted originally, but I see no evidence of that.

It has been Completely tuned and sharpened and it works very well. It will make a very good smoother for a reasonable price tag.

The before


And restored.



Yes, its for sale, https://timetestedtools.wordpress.com/tools-for-sale-2/

I almost hate to sell it, but I need to regain some space.


Thanks for looking.


A Jenny revival –The Stanley #37

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When she came to me, this was the condition.

(ref http://supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan4.htm#num37) The name "Jenny" is unique to this plane. Since this plane is slightly shorter than the metallic jack plane, a parallel naming was taken from the asses (donkies). "Jack" is a commonly used when referring to the male donkey, and "Jenny" is a name sometimes used for the female donkey. The jenny is smaller than the jack, hence the naming of the planes. All of this is really conjecture, but it sure provides some filler for an otherwise bland series of planes.

This plane also has the step in the wood, with the cast iron frame following the contour of the wood, though not as pronounced as the #35 and #36. This isn’t a very common plane, but Stanley saw fit to offer it for some 50 years.


A soak in some BLO


Watch the cracks and checks disappear. Semi-wet sand with BLO (Tru Oil works to). It needs to jell up. I let this set over night. And the first coats of tru-oil are put on after. They will be wet sanded until I’m happy with the hidden checks. A little planing and Scraping just to remove the gunk.








Made in Germany #2200 Block Plane

I picked this plane up in a flea market for $2 or $3. I bought it because I’d never seen one, and it was $2 or $3.

An little research lead me to Tillmanns & Maier in Velbert/Rhineland.

I found some info here, http://swingleydev.com/archive/get.php?message_id=149196&submit_thread=1

A lot of what I find is in German, so I can’t read it, but its possible these may have been in ported by Jordon.

I just wiped it down with some WD-40

An finished with a coat of Fluid Film



Any additional information would be appreciated.



A jointer worth a mention

I found this In a small barn on Antique Alley, rt 4 in NH. The owner, Charlie, is 89 years old. He’s still hitting Donnelly’s auctions.




For the weekend I came home with some cool stuff,



Some of it will be for sale soon. So keep an eye out or contact me if there is something of interest.

All I could say when I found it was, “This is so cool”.

A long ago infill made from 2 pieces of angle iron. A tree branch for a handle. The bottom has been screwed and then flattened. I had tot try it. Just a few strokes on the oil stone and away we went.


Its 27” long.




Happy Hunting!


A Brass Badged Sargent Made Craftsman #414C.

Here is a Brass Badged Sargent Made Craftsman #414C. I don’t normally restore Craftsman planes anymore. Not because they are not great users, they are, but because they usually have a low resale value. I don’t really know the value of this Brass Badged Sargent Made Craftsman #414C, its probably not extremely valuable, but it fits into my Sargent collection nicely.





Saving the #5!

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I was looking through my broken plane pile for some inspiration. I came across a #5 with some issues.

I set it on the bench for a better look. There has to be a way to save it. A little comparison to a #604, and away we go.

A way to use the original thread even though I haven’t sprung for a tap and die yet.

I decided to leave it sandblasted and clear coated. I like the greyish “gunmetal” look”

— Master hand plane hoarder. – http://timetestedtools.com

August Update

Some new post in the Tools For Sale Section.

I’ve got a few more ready to be restored.

Here is a type 16ish? #5 ready to go. 


And a gorgeous type 11, tuned and spit shined.



And if your in the market for a smoother a type 16 4 and 4c.





There are several more, so please take a look see.

Summers ending here in the north east, so enjoy the rest of it.


A few Shop made smoothers.

 I posted these recently, https://timetestedtools.wordpress.com/tools-for-sale-2/

Tools For Sale

Contact Time Tested Tools to verify availability and order. I’ll invoice through PayPal


Small 7” wood bodied smoother $215 (OBO)

This plane is made from butternut and cherry with a hophornbeam sole pad. If you don’t know, hophornbeam is one of the hardest wood grown in the North East. I’ve known it as hardhack my whole life.

It’s 7” long and 2 7/8” wide and had a Hock 2” cutter and cap iron.

Finish is several coats of hand rubbed truoil.



Small 7 3/4” wood bodied smoother $215 (OBO)

This plane is made from rosewood and hophornbeam. If you don’t know, hophornbeam is one of the hardest wood grown in the North East. I’ve known it as hardhack my whole life.

It’s 7 3/4” long and 2 1/2” wide and had a Hock 1 1/2” cutter and cap iron.

Finish is several coats of hand rubbed truoil.


Small 8”” wood bodied smoother $195 (OBO)

This plane is made from oak and hophornbeam. If you don’t know, hophornbeam is one of the hardest wood grown in the North East. I’ve known it as hardhack my whole life.

It’s 8” long and 2 5/8” wide and had a Hock 1 3/4” cutter and cap iron.

Finish is several coats of hand rubbed truoil.