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post #1 of 9 Old 06-22-2015, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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I picked it up at a yard sale. What do I have? The wood doesn't look like anything special. Nice wide iron -2 1/2" or so. Adjustable frog.

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It sounds like you already know what you have by calling it a hybrid plane.
That's exactly what you have. It looks to be in pretty good condition.
Older planes were made almost entirely of wood except for the blade.
Your plane is fully adjustable on a wooden bed. It can probably still be useful in your shop. Not old enough to be an antique, but still a great conversation piece.
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I watched Christopher Schwartz's video on hand planes. :-) :-)

I wonder what its best use might be. I thought about replacing the wood. The mouth looks pretty wide. Do you think if I made the plane a bit longer, say 18 inches or better, it could be used as a jointer plane. It also looks like the grain in the wood is parallel to the planing surface. I would think that the plane would be stiffer if that grain were set up vertically. I have some Beechwood that I could laminate three pieces together to get something over 3 inches in width.
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Hybrid plane from CCC era

That's called a transitional plane. Honestly I wouldn't waste your time restoring it because they don't perform very well. They are too light to really be very functional, and the adjustment mechanism is not nearly as good as what you would find on a Bailey-style cast iron plane.

The grain was intentionally run parallel to the planing surface to provide dimensional stability. The sole is quarter sawn beech, or at least it was on the earlier models that Stanley made. The transitional planes are very common, and ought to be a dime a dozen. Antique stores who know nothing about tools frequently try to sell them for upwards of 75 bucks, when in reality I wouldn't give you 10 for one that's in good working condition.
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I broke it down and found that the yoke (not sure what its proper name is) had one arm broken off. Thankfully I paid $7.50 for it. The iron can be a nice scraper for that. :-) This is the second plane I've picked up at yard sales. I'll be a bit more investigative in the future.
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I watched Christopher Schwartz's video on hand planes. :-) :-)

I wonder what its best use might be. I thought about replacing the wood. The mouth looks pretty wide. Do you think if I made the plane a bit longer, say 18 inches or better, it could be used as a jointer plane. It also looks like the grain in the wood is parallel to the planing surface. I would think that the plane would be stiffer if that grain were set up vertically. I have some Beechwood that I could laminate three pieces together to get something over 3 inches in width.
Chuck,
My recommendation is don't alter the old plane.
Clean it up, sharpen it up and oil it up to keep as is.
Once this done, you can use it in your shop.
It is old and its value may increase with time. The value won't go down.
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with transitional planes as users. The idea of them is that you get the best of both worlds, the mechanical adjusters and the wood-on-wood sole. A good running transitional is a joy to use. That one looks to be in pretty rough shape, though.
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I've got one transitional plane, which is a 24" jointer. I like it a lot, but it is kind of picky.

The one you picture isn't in very good shape, though, and I probably wouldn't bother repairing it. Either scavenge the parts out of it for something else, or put it on a shelf as an art piece.
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My feelings as well. Thank you all! :-)
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