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  1. I stumbled upon this earlier this week. Nothing fancy, but it beckoned me, "take me home. take me home." Thanks for your undivided attention. Donations always accepted at "Save the Plane-you sentimental, senile old tool fool." Millers-Falls #5~ 814B Smoothing Plane. ca. 1966-1974 as picked...$15 + 7% State of Indiana "buyer tax." The Phillips screw heads and painted tote & knob probably make it around 1967-68??? The lever cap may have initially been painted black??? The decal is not like the Mohawk-Shelburne so may have been a hardware retailer label? It is cast with Made in USA behind the frog which indicates the plane body may have been an early '66 or previous carry over 814 then the "B" added???? From what I've learned the 814B first appeared ~1966 and was discontinued ~1974 being replaced by 9814...This plane has variations of an earlier version 814 but also has features consistent with the V(value) Line or Economy homeowner version but inconsistent in that regard with the red frog and permanent stamp of model number. Lack of polishing on the sole & sides are consistent with the '67-68 & later time frame rather a Phillips head screws for the frog also indicate no earlier than 1966 as does the gray painted body and red frog. Only other marking on the plane is the C116 cast into the backside of the lever cap. No evidence of black paint bleeding over from from though??? The cap iron is more consistent with the value line but they were discontinued prior to the "B" series. It does resemble somewhat the 9814 which was produced after 1974. Iron is stamped with Made in the USA, but no tri-angle. Some had no markings on the iron, others only the Millers-Falls trademark tri-angle but without any date. Chip-breaker is consistent with an 814B of the '66-'74 era. Needs cleaned but make full contact on the iron and not bent. Iron has been re-sharpened; will need some work to get the proper angle and square to edge again. Good test for my new M-Power, Fasttrack sharpening system. It does look like the lever cap has been painted black??? Red frog and non-recessed, non-plated steel adjustment knob is also consistent with a later Type 5, 814(B) The tote (& knob) are hardwood, but painted black. In all honesty, this plane appears to be some "hybrid" from M-F...M-F was noted for using all parts especially as models changed. It has parts that might be from the end of the run of the Value line in the early 1960's, later Type 5 814B parts as well as early type 5 parts. It truly appears someone at M-F cleaned out parts bins until they were used up, then began with new runs. If warm weather ever returns where my tongue doesn't stick to the plane body, this one will be fun making into a user. The frog should be robust enough to support a thicker iron & chip breaker. Thanks for looking...
  2. Beginning the 2nd Friday of October each year and running for 10 consecutive days, Parke County, Indiana holds their annual Covered Bridge Festival. This little county of ~18,000 has and maintains 31 covered bridges, proclaims itself as the "Covered Bridge Capitol of the World" and is home to the single largest Festival held in Indiana. In the festival's heyday, estimated crowds for the ten day run were in the 1-1.5M range with people traveling from all over to attend. Some of the covered bridges are located in or very near extremely small communities. At least two of the communities still have operating mills powered by water wheels. You can learn more HERE During the festival, these small communities swell in size and commerce with vendors selling everything imaginable including many hand-crafted items. In addition, access roads to, from & near these areas often have fields, lots etc. where vendors gather. Large garage, barn, and yard sales are also the norm. However, the last 4 or 5 years it seems the popularity has waned somewhat. While I don't venture into the mass gatherings every year like I once did...(LOTS & LOTS of walking plus the traffic on narrow 2 lane highways, very narrow & winding county roads and even some gravel), I do attend some of the flea markets closer to home and along the main route (US 41). While I didn't take any pictures of the markets, below are the items I saved by paying their ransom. The ratcheting spiral screwdriver is a GlobeMaster (Made in Japan). For those who have been around the block a few times, you probably recall seeing GlobeMaster Tools at your local hardware, lumber yard, farm supply store and even in the aisles of some grocery stores from the late 1950's to the mid/late 1970's. The tools were knock-offs at the time, usually in a bin or rack with signage GLOBEMASTER. Anyways, this spiral is very similar to the Stanley it mimicked. The #2 straight bit would interchange with the Stanley's. I'm guessing this one is late 60's to early 70's. Marked a buck and was in the $1 bin pile. On the left (red) is a Millers-Falls No 100 (aka Buck Rogers), push drill. Also in the $1 bin as was the (black) Millers-Falls No 188A. The top plane (bottom in pic above) is marked BL, but may be a Dunlap, or Millers-Falls thumb plane similar to the Stanley 101?? It has some heft to it. The bottom (top above) is marked 102 and I immediately assumed a Stanley 102. It's identical to the Stanley 102 and the Defiance 102 (made by Stanley) I have...but.?.? ... the blade is marked "Lakeside." From what I know, Stanley made a line of planes for Montgomery Ward identified as "Lakeside." The thumb plane has only some surface rust on the body but the sole needs some work. The Lakeside (102) needs a soaking in Evap-O-Rust, probably a re-paint and sole work. Edges aren't to bad; neither appear to have been resharpened; a good soak in Evap-O-Rust, then we'll go from there. The 100 needs some TLC. I know thereis at least one bit in the handle; maybe more, but the body is stuck and it will not rotate. Worse than the one I bought last year. It's soaking now. The 188A needs TLC too, however, I did get it disassembled (I'll post a How-To/Refurb thread on both soon). There were no bits with it. It appears to have been disassembled before. The chuck jaws are missing the the return spring but I think I can match something up. The guy had $10/each on the planes and a $1/ea for the drills & screwdriver. He came down to $15 for the two planes + the $3 on the others. I offered $15 for the lot...he took it. Next up, different vendor, were these four treasures. Prices marked were not what I paid. As marked, total is $15...I paid $7.50 Sorry pictures is a bit fuzzy; middle item above is an Irwin 900 screw starter. Should clean-up nice. The two spiral, ratcheting screwdrivers taped together. The 133H is a North Bros, but after Stanley acquired their business. Just a later version of the 33H. Works fine and has an original #2 bit, albeit a bit chipped on the tip. Yep, the North Bros. Mfg. No 33H has the shaft broken. What remains is bent. IDK, someone must have used it as a jack handle. What a shame. This pre-dates Stanley's acquisition of North Bros. Note: Patent Pending in picture above. This is one of the earliest North Bros. Yankee Handyman tools of this type. Oh, well, it was worth 50 cents. The ratchet works...I may try to swap with the 133H And finally...a Taintor Mfg. Co, Positive No. 7, 5 position Saw Set in excellent condition with minor surface rust. The (P) in Positive sort of disappears due formed hole in the handle for a spring seat. Hard to see all here but marked with five Patent Dates beginning May 5, 91; May 24, 92; Jun 18, 93; Oct 23, 1900; July 30, 1907 Better here... It all works. Anvil is in great shape. I just need a good saw vise and oh, a lighted magnifier, then maybe I can tune up some saws. I'll practice on some old beaters first. Well, there you have it. Another Covered Bridge Festival pick in the books. A side note: I typically make a couple of trips but this year other commitments and the weather was less than favorable. Cold, rain and the last weekend we had the 60+ mph winds. Most probably packed up their tents & trailers before then. I went on Wednesday, a sunny day, cool, but comfortable...two days after the rain. I've gone to this site for years now. The total number of vendors were down 30-40% over previous years. Some had already left, others had items out, but covered with tarps and no one attending the space. A few of the long time vendors were not present this year either. It used to be a mecca pick site depending on how much you wanted to spend...Not so the past couple of years. Times have changed. I probably have too. Thanks for looking. I'll post some pictures once all have been reconditioned...may be next spring or summer though.
  3. Earlier this year I made a sashay through one of the in-door flea markets in the "Emerald City." Didn't need this one either but I didn't have one like it so...it followed me home I think I paid $1.95 plus tax...kinda crusty...here's the journey through the summer concluding about a month ago. Thanks for looking. Dunlap Model 4217 Push Drill...probably somewhere in the mid to late 50's. Very similar to Millers-falls of that era and uses the same Goodell-Pratt style chuck (four flutes) used by Millers-Falls when they purchased G-P. From the severe oxidation and corrosion on the handle, I suspect it laid in water or wet debris for some time... More on the planes and MF 100 (Buck Rogers) in future threads...The 4217 cleaned and polished pretty well and I was tempted to leave it that way however there was some severe pitting do I decided to paint. Not an exact paint match, but I have several spray bombs of International-Farmall red which seems pretty close. Purists will probably scream...I probably won't when they pry it out of my cold dead hands. Cleaned up pretty well...It had 7-1/2 of the original bits...1/16" usually broken if not missing . Used the Dremel & wire brush to clean surface rust, then coated with Johnson's. Poor man's storage containers I'll divulge in thier own thread. SinceI don't have access to VCI paper anymore, I wrap with wax paper before storing. I thought I had a picture with the cap reinstalled, but can't find it. When I get a round to-it I'll update.
  4. Not really a walk about, unless you count walking from the van, across the street and through the store...wound up spending a bit more than I planned on...$15! So, what "treasures" was inside the bag? Eight smallish chisels. The Red handles are Millers Falls ( stamped on the handles) and used to be a part of the No. 106 carving set. There are three Buck Brothers chisels, a Spear & Jackson gouge...and something by Schmidt & Co.? A "V" groover, a skew, and a fish tail....sharp as can be, and no rust ( RATS!!) Again, sharp as can be, I only had a couple spots to clean up..... The Spear & Jackson is about...1/2" wide, very shallow gouge. The other four are some form of skews. L-R big handles: Buck Brothers (3 of them) with two being octagonal in shape. Then the S&J, and then Fancy Pants. Still trying to find out about Schmidt & Co. chisels... Just under $2 a piece....and I left another 8 chisels behind....she was re-arraging the store...hard to find much the way she had things squirreled away.. Not sure IF I need to go back next Tuesday.....not too bad a day...
  5. Tried to do a bit of rust hunting this morning. Knee was feeling up to standing around, and haggling over a price. So, I actually paid what they had marked on the tag.. $0.75 for a red and silver handle? Plastic handle at that. The red plastic is made from Tennite, something that Millers Falls liked to use as a handle on a few of their tools... According the the logo near the top, this is a Millers Falls No. 100 Push Drill. Next question is how do you spell Buck Rogers..or, is it Buck Rodgers? Can't afford the BR planes, but, I think I could handle this price. Supposed to have 8 bits stored in the handle. So far, I have managed to coax ONE out. Fluted drill points. I think I may have paid...too much? I'll blame THAT on this bum knee...
  6. Bag it came in had a few holes in it. And what was inside was covered in bubble wrap.....with not a scratch on it.. Sears 107-37031 block plane. just a tad rusty....sides were unfinished and very rough. Sole wasn't too hateful... It did have a Cocobolo knob out in front.. Note the time stamp. Time to get this thing cleaned up, before Supper? Might be a bit better? The nickle plating was just flaking off, Cleaned the rest off. Those rough, painted sides were sanded down a bit. Wiped the grime off the knob. Sole is now cleaned up, and as flat as needed, for a block plane. iron has been rehabbed a bit. it even makes a shaving or two.. So, under all that rust and paint? Meet the Millers Falls No.75 Their version of a Stanley No.220 $9 with free shipping got this thing into the shop. that front knob is full of black and red stripes, Cocobolo wood for a knob. Fancy....
  7. Well, it is getting close to that date. Time to lighten the tool box at work, to make it easier to cart out when I do retire. Two items came home this time. A 12oz ball peanhammer i never used. Red headed, LONG handled, might be a Plumb, or a Buckeye brand. Then there was a hacksaw. Black plastic pistol grip. Someone had painted the metal parts a silver colour. At least it didn't rust, that way. Thought I would clean it up, to see what this thing really was And a close up of the handle. Looks like there was a place for a label? Fired up the drill press with the wire cup. Got a lot of the paint off, finally. A name started to appear on the frame Not sure how well this will turn out, but: Millers Falls Greenfield, MASS made in USA There is the Milers falls double diamond trade mark and....No. 1237. There was an ad in the 1960 Popular Mechanics with this for sale. around here, counting tax, it would be about $3...... not too bad? IF i remember, I think this was ONE of my late FIL's saws. Will need a new blade. Maybe add some M-F's red paint to the etch? Might have a few more years left in it.
  8. Today's patriot picking netted these great items. A metal Keen Kutter Termometer A Keen Kutter K-79 cabinet scraper And a Millers Falls No. 36 knuckle plane. Catch you all later. I'm back out Patriot Picking.
  9. Well, one did show up in the mail today. Auction price was $0.99 Looking a bit rough around the edges. Drawing is by one of the GrandBRATS. Sole was a little rusty So, maybe a trip through rehab for this plane? About an hour later, a test drive on some cherryand a look at how this plane cleaned upthen tried some squirrelly white Oak And a look at the resultsNot too bad for a dollar jack plane? Plane is by Millers Falls, about the last Good planes they made. Number stamped on the side is: Millers Falls No. 14-01B iron had a slight camber to it, chipbreaker had to be fixed, as it curved up like a smile. Needed a #3 Phillips screwdriver to tear things down. And a couple straight bladed ones too. Might be .....OK
  10. Last weekend I was attended the local auction and this Millers Falls hand plane came up for auction. I had looked it over before the auction and knew it had the wrong lever cap. I did a little checking before the auction and determined it was from the WWII era. Since the side of the body had the Millers Falls No 9 then I knew the Stanley lever cap didn't belong with this plane. Between 1936 and 1941 the number was removed from the front of the plane to the right side and stamped into the plane. So with that bit of information I knew the plane was at least in the era to begin with. But further information helped me to find a type study and get the plane closer. When the plane came up for auction I was able to purchase it for 11.00. When I got home I found a correct lever cap for 12.00 and purchased it. So now it has all of the correct parts for a Millers Falls No. 9, Type 3 made between 1941 and 1949. It has the red frog and steel adjustment knob. The logo on the blade has the inverted triangle and 1868 inside. They also had Since 1868 on some of them. So there is one on eBay listed for $150.00 right now. I guess it is only worth what someone will pay for it though. The one on eBay is not mine. Just love finding this when I am out Patriot Picking.
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