Monthly Archives: October 2018

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Stanley No. 100 Squirrel Tail Block Plane

The Lilliputian sized Stanley No. 100 squirrel tail plane is a cute little tool that is actually quite useful.  Its diminutive 3-1/2″ length and 1″ wide blade are much smaller than most metal planes, but they are still properly designed to make shavings. I inherited the red tailed plane...

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Razee Jack Plane Owned by L. Ruggles

I love razee woodworking planes because they’re just a little different and their design is a little more advanced than normal wood planes.  Razee is taken from the French words vaisseau razé which means a “razed” or cut down ship with fewer decks, and razee planes are cut down...

Leather Works Products Co. Strap Cutter

Modern Leather Strap Cutter

In last week’s post, I introduced the C.S. Osborne & Co. Draw Gauge.  It’s a beautiful antique and works well, but it has an exposed blade which makes it difficult to handle and store. However, there is an improved version of this tool that is marketed through leather supply...

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C. S. Osborne & Co. Leather Strap Cutter

This week’s antique is a #44 C.S. Osborne & Co. leather strap cutter or “draw gauge”.  These tools were used to cut straps (such as belts) by drawing the blade down a piece of leather with the edge of the leather riding against the tool body.  This tool works...

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Adjustable Spokeshave

This week’s antique is a 10″ wide, straight handled, cast iron spokeshave that bears no maker’s mark (“unmarked”).  It has an adjustable mouth plate with decorative scrollwork details.  The slotted screw secures the 2-1/8″ wide blade.  The “straight knurled” thumbscrew adjusts the mouth opening. As shown below, it is...