Stanley’s #75 Bull Nose Rabbet Planes from the Model Shop

Stanley #75 Bull Nose Rabbet Planes

Since my last post was on the topic of bull nose planes from the Stanley model shop, I thought  we would take a look at this smallest version of the bull nose rabbet plane manufactured by Stanley, the #75.  Stanley started making these planes in 1879 and made them until 1983 in the United States. […]

A Great Time in Quebec City, the 2015 EAIA Annual Meeting

Old Quebec City and the Chateau Frontenac 980x550

The weather was perfect, the historic sites were fascinating, the tour guides were great, the demonstrations and displays were fun and informative and it appears everyone had a great time at the Early American Industries Association 2015 Annual Meeting in Quebec City.  One hundred and thirty-nine people attended the meeting representing 23  U.S. states, the […]

Justus Traut’s Bull-Nose Plane

Traut's Bull Nose Block Plane,980x550

Before I tell you about it, let’s put this bull-nose plane from the Stanley Model Shop in its proper historical context by delving a bit into 19th century industrial history.  In the second half of the 19th century the “inside contracting” system became very popular in American factories.  Under the “inside contracting” system, a company’s […]

What’s the Weather Like In Quebec City and What Should I Bring to the EAIA Annual Meeting?

The EAIA Annual Meeting May 13th  thru May 16th in “Quebec City, Quebec, Canada is just a few weeks away!  We hope you’re coming.  The last day to get the special room rate at the Hotel Ambassadeur is April 13th, so if you haven’t made your reservation please do it soon.  The phone number for […]

Stanley Model Shop Beech and Rosewood Wood Bottom Planes

Model Shop Wood Bottom Planes with Rosewood Soles

Before we get back to the some more interesting planes from the Stanley Model Shop I thought you might want to know a bit more about the Model Shop.   Clarence Blanchard wrote an interesting article about the Model Shop in the 2000 Fall issue of The Fine Tool Journal, Volume 50, Number 2, pages […]

From the Stanley Model Shop – Charles Miller’s Tonguing and Grooving Planes

980x550 Miller's Patent Tongue and Groove Plane

Continuing with the theme of tools from the Stanley Model Shop, here’s one of my favorites.  This plane was designed and patented by Charles Miller.  Not a lot is known about Charles Miller, but Don Bosse of Oakdale, Minnesota, has been researching Mr. Miller and his tools for years and has promised to put all […]

Traut’s Patent Hollow and Round Plane

IMG 980x550 Three Versions of Traut's Hollow and Round Planes

In my last post I described a nice little curved bottom block plane made by Justus Traut that dated from 1897-1902.  We know that Traut spent a lot of time thinking about hollow and round bottom planes and put considerable effort into developing a metal alternative to the wooden hollow and round planes that were […]

From the Stanley Model Shop, Installment #2, A Round Bottom Block Plane

Round Bottom Block Plane from the Stanley Model Shop

     Many of the tools from the Stanley Rule & Level Company Model Shop are marked with a number placed on the tool with white paint.  This nifty round bottom block plane is no exception, bearing the number “64”, on both the lever cap and the body of the plane.  One would like to assume […]

An Unusual Nickel Plated Stanley #2 With a Chamfered Sole

Nickel Plated Stanley #2 Re-sized 980x550 pixels

I’ll readily admit it, I’m a “tool collector”.  I’m fascinated with all kinds of tools, but learned early on that I had to focus my energies and tool collecting funds on a narrower field, so I chose  woodworking planes.   I love those early Leonard Bailey, Charles Miller, and Stanley Rule & Level Company planes.  […]

New Rules for Ivory & Tools Containing Ivory

Piano Keys (Cropped for Featured Image)

On February 25th, 2014, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service enacted Director’s Order 210 restricting the importation, exportation, and sale of ivory in the U.S.  This order was reinforced in July, when President Obama issued an Executive Order committing the U.S. to step up its efforts to stop wildlife trafficking.  It’s estimated that 30,000-35,000 […]