“What Goes Around Comes Around”

Model Shop Aluminum Block Planes

Aluminum Block Planes from the Stanley Model Shop In the first couple of decades of the 20th century, aluminum became available to manufacturers at a reasonable cost. Although aluminum comprises 8.2% of the earth’s crust, making it the most abundant metal in nature, it never occurs in its free form.  In 1825, Hans Christian Oersted, […]

The New Rules for Ivory Containing Tools-Revisited

Ivory sector, English, 2nd half of the 19th century

On October 21st, 2014, I posted a blog on this website about the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Order 210 regarding the importation, exportation and sale of ivory in the U. S. (You can read the earlier post here.). This order applied to revisions to the Endangered Species Act Special Rule for the African […]

Stanley Model Shop #278 Rabbet and Filletster Plane

980x550 #278 and #278 Stanley Prototype

The Stanley Rule & Level Company was always interested in providing its customers with the tools they wanted.  They were very adept at bringing to market variations of their tools to satisfy the demands of as many workmen as possible.  They listened to their customers and often incorporated their suggestions into the tools they produced.  […]

More Rosewood Buttons on Lever Caps

Rosewood Buttons on Two Block Planes From the Stanley Model Shop

In my last blog post I talked about two Stanley block planes with rosewood buttons on their knuckle joint lever caps.  In this post I’m going to discuss two more block planes from the Stanley Model Shop that are variations on that theme.  And these two planes appear to have been made at least a […]

The Brown 48th International Antique Tool Auction, by John G. Wells

Reproduction Thomas Falconer Coachmaker's Plow Plane

The 48th Brown Tool Auction was held at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Reading, Pennsylvania on April 2, 2016.  Prices realized in this article include a 13% buyer’s premium.  A 3% discount was available for cash or a good check.  The condition of the items was taken from the auction catalog and does not reflect […]

The Brown 47th International Antique Tool Auction by John G. Wells

Lee's Patent Chamfer Plane

By John G. Wells Brown 47th International Antique Tool Auction was held October 30-31st 2015, at Camp Hill, PA Prices realized in this article include a 13% buyer’s premium.  A 3% discount was available for cash or a good check.  The condition of all items was taken from the auction catalog and does not reflect […]

Rosewood Buttons on Lever Caps

Two No. 18 Block Planes with Knuckle-Joint Lever Caps from the Stanley model Shop

By the 1890’s, Stanley Rule & Level Company had become an industrial juggernaut.  They proudly boasted in their pocket catalogs that they had sold 1.2million Bailey planes.  Their 1895 pocket catalog boasted sales of 2.2 million Bailey planes.  “The Rule & Level became by 1900 the largest maker of planes and related tools in the […]

Variations on Stanley’s Corner Rounding Planes from The Model Shop

Stanley Table Joint Planes

Stanley introduced the #144 corner rounding plane in 1925.  They advertised these planes as “designed for rounding corners on wall board battens, casings, shelving, etc.”¹ The design patent, #68,402 for this plane was granted to Edmund Schade on October 6, 1925.  When doing tool research and looking at patents we’re usually looking at what are […]

A Bit of Whimsy from the Model Shop

Nickel Plated Tonguing and Beading Plane from Stanley Model Shop

Shortly after the Civil War and well into the first three decades of the 20th century beadboard was a popular finish in many homes.  It was used as a full or partial wall covering in back hallways, pantries, kitchens, bathrooms, and many of us can remember it in our old classrooms at school.  It also […]

Joseph Fuller Bench Planes

Side view of a Jo Fuller D1 jointer.

  Joseph Fuller (b. 1746 – d. 1822) was one of the most important American planemakers during the later 1700’s through the early 1800’s. He was making and selling planes as early as 1773 in Providence, RI, and died there in 1822. (1) He seems to have been quite successful in his trade and produced […]