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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:04 pm 
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Next weekend is the semi-annual Brown's old tool auction near Harrisburg PA. Up for sale is a Brazilain Rosewood jointer plane, 26" long, 2-1/2" wide, and about 2-1/2" tall. It has the hollow escapement for the blade in the center, but there should be about 9-10" of solid wood in front of the blade and 10-12" behind. The auction estimate is $150-250. I am thinking there have to be a dozen bridges in there.

Depending on the grain orientation, how does this sound to you all?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:13 pm 
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There might be a dozed bridges in there - but on the other hand it would be so cool to joint your tops and backs using a BRW jointer plane! Think of how much better they will sound as a result. You have a difficult decision to make. But buying it - that is a no brainer


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:50 pm 
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I thought of that, but 26" is a gygundous (sp?) plane. With the French blade and shape of the tote it is probably mid-20th century so not valuable as a plane. I have a (non-instrumental) friend who is going and I will have him get me a description

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Scratches and a chip? Give them $85.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:19 pm 
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"I am thinking there have to be a dozen bridges in there."

I would think you could buy a dozen bridge blanks cheaper than $250. (but you might be able to turn it into a #4 smoother and get some bridge blanks to boot - Have you cake and eat it! laughing6-hehe )


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:09 pm 
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If it goes for $150, that's $12 per Brazilian Rosewood bridge. We'll see.

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There is probably less bridge wood behind the iron than you think. I bet the tote is seated in a fairly deep dado right in the middle of the usable wood. Personally, I’d Love like to see it stay as a cool plane.

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I've been collecting planes for 3 or more years now, and let me tell you, solid Brazilian planes can be very rare, especially a large jointer like that. I would very strongly urge you not to cut that up. First, it is an antique, or at the very least, vintage, the blade still has life left in it, it has a makers mark on the body (not all wood bodied planes have that), the blade manufacturer is a pretty well known one, it looks to be in great, clean, condition, it is from a lesser known, potentially rarer, maker. The list of reasons not to cut it up can go on and on.


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The biggest reason not to cut it up is economic. If you look around, BR bridge blanks can be bought for less than $10 each.

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I just think it's virtually vandalism, even if there was economic justification, which there isn't.
I would give my eye teeth (if I still had them) for a decent plane like that, been looking for quite a long time.

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I agree, whatever wood the thing is actually made of, it's not worth destroying the tool for. Sure, BRW is cool. But its not magical.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:41 am 
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I am of the opinion that if you own it, you get to do what you want with it. My friend Bill has fully restored tools that were a 9 out of 10 already. My friends Tony and Todd part out planes and other tools because they make more money with them. Colin, if you have been looking, I will back off and you can buy it.

I have been collecting tools since 1973 and have had a few over the years (still have a cool horned smoother in solid BRW) and they don't go as high as you might think. One of the reason to use a wooden jointer is the light weight.

I like the idea of making a small smoother out of it and harvesting the rest.

Best reason not to break it up is that you can buy blanks cheaply.

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If anyone can point me to some low cost BRW bridge blanks I'd be appreciative. I just used my last one.

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I am of the opinion that if you own it, you get to do ...........Colin, if you have been looking, I will back off and you can buy it.
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Thanks all

Ed

Appreciate it Ed, but I'm in UK.

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