Then, for some reason my UK roots took hold, because I turned my attention to collecting RECORD tools, a passion that still remains to this day.
My RECORD tool collecting then led me to collect WODEN tools (bought out by RECORD in 1961) and visit site dedicated to WODEN tools, authored with my friend Graham Dolan) A driving force for my interest in collecting and obtaining WS planes must be that the Bench planes have a BRASS lever cap, and this must be what peaks many people's interest in this brand.
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Wood (really, that was his name), the Woodwork Master, to whom I owe my total interest in Woodwork tools.
His instructions still guide me today to generally collect and use Hand Tools and to be involved in hand woodworking. Fast forward a few years and I am living in Canada, had started an interest in collecting STANLEY (USA) hand tools and then I collected this brand avidly for about 15 years.
Here is an example, showing two foundry markings, both “S” and “B” – which doesn’t really give any clarity to the situation.
Underneath the wheel there is a pinion (G), which turns with the thumbwheel and gears into another wheel (H), which has a cam-slot (J).These mechanisms relied on fine groves on the back of the blade meshing with corresponding grooves on the saddle of the “cage”.The lever “cage” is held in place at the pivoting point by a ball-and-socket type joint, and at the rear by a pin which anchors it to the planes sole.This is indicative of the Type 7 planes manufactured from 1893-1899 which has an “S” marking – some speculate this is from the Session Foundry in Boston.On the bench planes it is found on the bed, frog and sometimes the lever cap.These mechanisms are very jittery, and only offer a small range of movement, typically 1/8″.Because the cages saddle is curved to allow for movement, there is also limited contact point between it and the grooves in the blade.Dating (and identifying) block planes is also more challenging than bench planes because the adjustment and holding mechanisms were often more diverse, and parts were exchangeable, e.g.replacement of a knuckle-lever cap with a standard cam-clamp lever cap.It is also that Stanley’s timeline of planes is longer than most other manufacturers.Millers Falls also manufactured a whole series of block planes, but they did not appear until 1929, and were built until the early 1970s. Millers falls plane numbers were stamped into the sides of the plane, whilst Sargent often added the plane number to the markings on the blade.