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American Wooden Planes

Scioto Works Scioto Works Scioto Works

WP210770 Scioto Works A 22" foreplane in much less used condition than most bench planes. There is some wear on the sole, but it is moderate. It has pleny of life let in the original Ohio Tool Co. marked iron, which does have some mushrooming on the upper edge.. The plane has a dark patina overa.. There is a chip on the wedge. The tote has no damage. If you want a wooden bench plane to use, this will make a great choice at a modest price. G+ $85

Auburn Tool Co. Auburn, NY Auburn Tool Co. Auburn, NY

WP210758 Auburn Tool Co. Auburn, NY A lightly used coffin smoothing plane with the near full original Auburn marked 2 1/4" wide iron. There are no cracks in the cheeks and I would have rated it higher but for a few scratches and nicks in the sole . It is super hard to find old smoothing planes this nice since they were workhorse planes and got used to death. G+ Sold

Unmarked Panel Raiser Unmarked Panel Raiser Unmarked Panel Raiser

WP210774 Unmarked Panel Raiser An attractive early Pennsylvania panel raiser with a round topped iron and a nicely chamfered wedge. The maximum cut width is about 1 3/4" and it will go down to well under an inch by using the second set of holes. The fence screws have been replaced with modern countersunk screws which should be replaced. The glue holding the tote has deteriorated and the tote has come out. It is right to put it back and I have not done so. You will need to clean off all of the old hide glue and glue it back in. The tote has no damage. This is one of the nicest cabinetmaker sized panel raisers that I have seen in ages. G++ $199

J. Denison J. Denison

WP20121 J. Denison A 7/8" dado plane in nice condition, as properly cleaned by a collector. Rates a strong G++ $69

C. Lindenberger C. Lindenberger C. Lindenberger

WP200155 C. Lindenberger Christopher Lindenberger was a son of the famous Rhode Island planemaker John Lindenberger. He migrated to Columbus Ohio and this plane was probably made in Ohio. The mark is quite a scarce mark and is ranked as a 3 star mark in Tom's book. This plane is in decent as found condition. It is missing the blade and wedge, as well as one of the arm wedges. I am suspicious that the existing arm wedge is replaced, but I can't see why anyone would replace just one wedge when both were missing. The back of the plane bears the dreaded "J.A. Moody" stamp and inventory number. J.A Moody was an early collector, who wrote the book, American Wooden Plow Planes. The edge of the fence is reeded, an unusual but attractive touch. An important plane for a collector of early Ohio tools, that can easily be restored to be quite presentable. G++ $99

W. Cooley, Blackstone St. Boston W. Cooley, Blackstone St. Boston

WP160322 W. Cooley, Blackstone St. Boston This is a very rare form by a rare maker. A 1/4" curved dado plane. This plane is not standard length, it is more coachmaker size. As found condition, it is quite crisp, but with a dirty, blotchy patina. This plane needs a careful cleaning. Highly recommended for the advanced collector. G+ $269

P. Chapin, Maker, Balto P. Chapin, Maker, Balto

WP150728 P. Chapin, Maker, Balto A massive panel raiser with the trademark Baltimore wedge, that is found on some Baltimore bench planes. This plane has a working width of up to 2 3/4" and the blade is 3 1/4" wide. It is a full original Butcher iron. The plane is a bit dirty, but shows very little wear and should clean up to better than G+ $299

H.L. Kendall, Washington, DC

WP150412 H.L. Kendall, Washington, DC A very scarce American meeting rail plane (for making double hung windows) with a rare Washington DC mark. Superb as found condition. For the connoisseur. G++ $295

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British, Canadian, European & Other Wooden Planes

W. Dibb, York W. Dibb, York

WP210270 W. Dibb, York A dirty as found spar plane that is from the North of England workshop tools that we bought. The actual profile is 1 1/2" wide. The plane should clean up nicely and make a great user. G+ $49

King & Compe, Hull King & Compe, Hull

WP210210 King & Compe, Hull A 1" spar plane in as found condition and needing a careful cleaning. It has double iron by Ibbottson that looks to be full length. From the North of England workshop that we bought. G+ $65

W. Dibb, York

WP210263 W. Dibb, York Two tongue planes for which I don't have the matching grooves. They are as found from the North of England workshop that we bought. Free to the first person who orders them and spends at least $100 on old tools. Good $0

Japanese Plane Japanese Plane Japanese Plane Japanese Plane Japanese Plane Japanese Plane

WP200916 Japanese Plane This is a Japanese bench plane that is probably from the 1960s or 70s. I reached out to our contact in Japan to help me identify it, and this was his response "The plane in question seems to be a brand of a wholesaler instead of blacksmith’s brand, and we do not know exactly who made it. My friendly plane maker says, it may be a product by the late Mr. Yamaguch in Miki city. The core blade is of Aogami No.1." It is 11 3/8" long and 3 1/2" wide. The blade is 2 1/2" wide. There are a few scratches in the sole and marks on the rear from being struck with a hammer. The blade also has some mushrooming at the top from being struck. For these reasons it did not make fine. This is a first quality vintage Japanese plane at a very reasonable price. G++ $399

I Scofield I Scofield

MP200447 I Scofield A nice as found right hand side rebate. G++ $45

Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane

WP110215 Unmarked A lovely fruitwood smoothing plane that I would guess is either south German, Swiss, or Austrian. Very nicely decorated, and with a very pleasing patina. I am not sure of the age, but it could be 18th Century. The iron is marked "FRHA" with a mark that certainly looks like it could be 18th Century. There is some old worming, primarily towards the front. Measures 11 3/8" long. I have had this plane for 20 years, and before that it was in the great Harold Prucha collection. Highly recommended. Good $399

Early Carved Plane Early Carved Plane

100420 Early Carved Plane A beautiful carved European smoothing plane, presumably 18th or possibly early 19th Century. These types of craftsperson made planes are notoriously hard to date, and while I don't think that it would be later, I could believe that it was earlier. This plane has a North Wind figure blowing up at the user as he planes. The plane has a horn in the front, that is carved with a scroll. The plane is hornbeam, the horn is beech, and there is an applied sole that was probably added to compensate for wear, and is maple. This plane has a wonderful patina, and has always been well cared for, but well used. The blade is all but worn out. The wedge is clearly period, but I have no way to tell for sure if is original or not. I would guess that this plane is either German, Swiss, or Austrian, but again this is just an educated guess. Formerly in the Dermot and Cynthia Roche collection, as sold by David Stanley some years ago, this is a museum quality tool. Measures 10 inches overall. G+ $495

Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane

WP80428 Unmarked This is a rare matched pair of Scottish door check planes. They have been in my collection for more than 15 years. They are uncleaned and could use a careful waxing. The right side plane is in perfect condition, little used with a full iron. The left side plane is more worn, and the iron is down below the top of the wedge, and the side is split from shrinkage on the blade. It is still perfectly useable and in fact I did use it once years ago. I don't recall ever seeing another pair of these rare planes. They are 4 3/8" long. G+ $179

Irons and Cap Irons (Blades and Chip Breakers)

John Green John Green

WP210727 John Green This is a little used 18th Century toothing plane iron that is 2 1/8" wide and 7" overall. It has the original surface as it left the blacksmith's shop. Fine $50

Roberts & Ash Roberts & Ash

WP210734 Roberts & Ash A 2 1/4" wide cap iron with a maker's mark that I have never seen before. It looks relatively early. It is the style where the hole was punched through hot and threaded. Light oxidation overall. G+ $18

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210743 Unmarked A 2 1/2" wide American chip breaker with a dark patina overall. There is a bit of deformation to the upper edge from being struck to adjust it. G+ $16

W. Butcher W. Butcher

WP210751 W. Butcher A 2 5/8" wide cap iron in as found condition. There is some rust on the upper right and surface, but it is otherwise in nice condition. G+ $19

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210753 Unmarked A lovely as found 2" cap iron. I think that it is relatively early. Fine- $24

Alexr Mathieson & Son, Glasgow Alexr Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

WP21078 Alexr Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A 2 1/8" cap iron in honest as found condition. Would clean to better than G+ $20

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210710 Unmarked A 2 1/4" cap iron in a bit dirty, as found, condition. G+ $16

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210714 Unmarked A nice as found American chip breaker in 2 1/8" size. This is the style where the steel is threaded and there is no bolster. G+ $20


WP210718 Unmarked A 2 3/16" wide cap iron in dark as found condition. The corners of the working edge have been radiused. The screw is missing. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $100 on old tools. Good $0


WP210722 Unmarked This is a horrible looking, but probably quite early, 2 3/16: wide cap iron. It is the early type where a hole was punched into it and threaded. The original hole is plugged with something, it might just be dirt, and there is a later second hole. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $50 on old tools. G- $0

A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

WP210639 A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A very nice as found 2 1/2" wide cap iron. G++ $30

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210645 Unmarked A 2 1/2" wide American made chip breaker with medium dark patina. Some mushrooming on the sides and top from being struck with a hammer to adjust. G+ $25

Atkinson & Sons Atkinson & Sons

WP210656 Atkins & Sons A 2 1/4" cap iron. It has some rust on the top but should clean to G+ $16

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210659 Unmarked A 2 1/4" American chip-breaker in as found condition. It needs only a light cleaning and it should rate at least G+ $19

Fred Green, Sheffield Fred Green, Sheffield

WP210665 Fred Green, Sheffield A 1 15/16" wide cap-iron with very light surface rust on the top side. It should clean up nicely. G+ $16

J& R. Dodge J& R. Dodge

WP210618 J& R. Dodge An unused double rabbet (rebate) iron. It measures 13/16" wide. Toland used irons like this one. Dodge is a scarce maker and I am not sure where they were based. I recall having a chisel by them years ago. Nice untouched and unused condition. Fine $45


WP210463 Illegible A 2 1/16" wide blade, cut on a skew for a panel raiser. 6 3/4" at its longest. It is pitted overall and the maker's name is not legible. I can make out "Warranted, Cast Steel". It has has a bend half way up, probably from being used as to pry something. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $45 on other blades. G- $0

Ohio Tool Co, Thistle Brand Ohio Tool Co, Thistle Brand

WP210471 Ohio Tool Co, Thistle Brand A 2 1/4" wide tapered iron with the original cap iron. This is the style of cap iron that does not have a bolster and will go into an infill plane much easier. The blade has 2 3/8" left to the hole and is 7 3/4" overall. There is some mionor deformation along the top edge. Fine- $38

W. Butcher W. Butcher

WP210474 W. Butcher An uncut tapered iron, 2 3/16" wide and 5 3/4" overall. The upper edge has moderate deformation. G+ $19


WP210476 Unmarked A 2 7/16" wide cap iron that is in nice as found condition, but the screw is missing. It is only marked Waranted Steel. It is lightly rusted where the wedge of a plane was not covering it. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $100 on old tools. G+ $0

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210480 Unmarked A 1 3/4" wide uncut tapered iron that is 5 5/16" overall. It looks like it was cleaned by a collector, perhaps a bit over zealously. G+ $26

James Cam James Cam

WP210445 James Cam A 2 1/2" wide round topped iron that measures 7 7/8" overall. It is ground for a panel raiser of the type that cuts a rounded edge rather than a step. Not a common plane. The blade is in great condition with the original surface from the forge and a nice crisp mark. Fine- $65

James Cam James Cam

WP210448 James Cam A 2 1/8" wide iron that has 1 1/8" remaining and is 5 15/16" overall. Presumably from a small smoothing plane. It has light pitting over much of its surface. Good $18

Humphreyville Manufacturing Co. Humphreyville Manufacturing Co.

WP210451 Humphreyville Manufacturing Co. An uncut iron that meaures just shy of 2 1/2" wide and 7 7/16" overall. There is some light pitting towards the top and the mark was not well struck, so you really can't read the mark. I just know what it is. The top edge has been cleaned up slightly to remove very light deformation. A much nicer iron than it sounds. G+ $35

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210454 Unmarked This is an uncut tapered iron that measures just over 2 1/8" wide and is 7 5/8" overall. It was probaly from a pattern maker's plane and has a curved edge. It is unmarked and it may have been made by a pattern maker. It is very fine quality, which supports that assumption. Fine- $29

Colonial Williamsburgh Colonial Williamsburgh

WP210457 Colonial Williamsburgh I had this blade forged at Colonial WIlliamsburgh, about 20 years ago. They left it for me to finish and it didn't fit for what I needed it for and I never used it. It is 3 inches wide and 8 3/4" overall. It would be great for an 18th Century corwn molder. It was about an eight inch too narrow for what I needed it for. This blade has not been ground at all and is just how it came from the forge. I don't believe that it has been heat treated yet but I am not sure about that. New/Unfinished $29

Whitman & Mill?, W. Fitchburg Whitman & Mill?, W. Fitchburg

WP210312 Whitman & Mill?, W. Fitchburg A 2 1/4" wide uncut iron that measures 8 1/8" overall. It has some kind of a preservative coating on it and looks to be very clean underneath. I have never seen this mark before. I can't make out what comes after Mill. It might end there, or it might be Mills or Miller, or who knows what. I am not sure if it was ever used or not. Probably not. G++ $69

L&I.J. White, 1837, Rochester, N.Y. L&I.J. White, 1837, Rochester, N.Y.

WP210194 L&I.J. White, 1837, Rochester, N.Y. A 2 1/2" uncut tapered iron that appears to be unused and is in wonderful untouched condtion. It measures 8 1/4" overall. Fine $59

Auburn Tool Co

WP201135 Auburn Tool Co A 2 1/8" wide un-cut tapered iron that meaures 6 7/8" overall. The edge is ground with a pronounced curvature, more than you would want for a jack plane. It was probably last used in a scrub configuration. G+ $25

I & H. Sorby

WP201138 I & H. Sorby A 2 1/2" wide blade that has been properly ground for use in a jack plane. It is 6 1/2" overall and is in nice as found condition. G+ $19

A.D. Green. Warwick

WP201139 A.D. Green. Warwick A 2 1/8" wide un-cut tapered iron that is ground for a jack plane, and is 7 inches overall. I have never seen this maker's mark before. Good honest as found condition. G+ $29

Unmarked Unmarked

WP201060 Unmarked A nice as found 2 3/16" wide cap iron. G+ Sold



WP201063 Unmarked A 2" wide cap-iron that has light oxidation. This is the kind were there is no protruding bolster. It is almost certainly American. G+ $18


WP2004116 Unmarked A nice as found 2" cap iron. It is missing the screw. G++ $9

Gleave & Son, Manchester

WP2004104 Gleave & Son, Manchester A nice as found 2" cap iron. The bolster has been ground down a bit to provide clearance for something. G+ $16


WP200433 Unmarked A 2 1/4" wide cap iron that has been cleaned and has some patches of light pitting. The bolster has been ground down a bit to clear a lever cap. G+ $16

A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

WP200438 A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow An as found cap-iron measuring just over 2 1/16" wide. The bolster has been ground down a bit. G+ $16

I. Sorby, Punch Brand

WP20044 I. Sorby, Punch Brand A 2 1/4" tapered iron with its original cap iron. About 2" remains one the blade. The pair are covered in light rust but hopefully should clean to better than. Good $29

W. Butcher

WP20047 W. Butcher A 2 7/16" wide iron that is ground for use in a panel raiser. It has 1 1/6" remaining. G+ $15


WP20048 Illegible A 2 1/4" wide tapered iron that is ground properly for a jack plane with a gentle curve to the edge. It has 1 7/8" remaining. The working end is OK but the top half of the blade is pitted. Still a great user. Good $19

W. Marples

WP20049 W. Marples A 2" wide tapered iron with 1 1/4" remaining. G+ $12

W. Butcher

WP200410 W. Butcher A tapered iron that masures just over 2 1/4" wide and has 1 1/2" remaining. The upper half is pitted and the lower half has some extremely light surface rust that will polish off without any issues. G+ $19

W. Butcher, Sheffield W. Butcher, Sheffield

WP200143 W. Butcher, Sheffield A 2 5/8" cap iron off of a big bench plane. Some surface rust but untouched and with a nice look. G+ $29

W. Marples

WP191156 W. Marples A 2 1/16" wide tapered iron with 1 3/4" remaining. Nice as found condition. G++ $25

W. Marples & Sons

WP191126 W. Marples & Sons A 2 1/2" cap iron with no screw. Some light rust. G+ $12

W. Butcher

WP190956 W. Butcher A 2 3/8" wide iron that measures 6 1/8" overall and has been ground with a curve, either for a gutter plane or a pattern maker's plane. Nice untouched condition. G++ $16

W. Gilpin

WP19092 W. Gilpin A 2 7/16" wide iron with orignal cap iron. Rusty overall. The blade has 1 3/8" left on it. The cap iron is the early type were a hole was punched into it and then threaded, rather than installing a bolster. The mark is an early mark with a crown over Gilpin. Good $15

Hancock Tool, Extra Steel

WP190125 Hancock Tool, Extra Steel A 2 1/4" tapered iron with its orginal cap iron. This is a good cap-iron for an infill plane because it doesn't have a bolster to interfere with the lever cap. This iron has 1 5/16" remaining. As found with light surface oxidation. G+ $29

Providence Tool Co.

WP181214 Providence Tool Co. A 2 1/8" wide tapered iron with its original cap iron. It has decorative semi-circles cut into the upper corners, an attractive touch often seen on Americna irons of the period. The cap iron has matching cuts. There is 1 5/8" left to the hole. The edge has light chips and will need grinding before you use it. Nice honest condition. It is also marked Extra, which implies that it was a top-of-the-line blade. G+ $49

Sandusky Tool Co

MI180823 Sandusky Tool Co A 2 1/8" tapered iron with a lovely untouched patina. 1 7/8" remains to the hole. There is moderate mushrooming to the top and a bit of rust on the back. G+ $30

Robert Sorby

WP190147 Robert Sorby A nice clean tapered iron that measures a bit under 2 1/4", really 2 7/32". It mics to 175 thousandths of an inch and has 1 3/8" remaining. Minor mushrooming to the top edge. G++ $19

Hearnshaw Brothers

WP190131 Hearnshaw Brothers A 2 1/4" wide iron that is tapered, but only not as much as most. It has a light taper and is still quite thick at the top. It mics to 200 thousandths at the cutting edge and 142 thousandths of an inch at the top. It has 2 1/2" left, which is about full length. The top has some light pitting, but the bottom is bright and while as found, will clean easily. G+ $28

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