So, before I give you the longer story, basically I'm looking for some
info on this plane. The "5CBB" is stamped in the side of the sole, and
the "BB" strangely seems to be a smaller font than the "5C." I could
take a pic and post a link later.
This was my grandfathers - mom's dad. Not exactly sure where in time
he bought it - he died long before I was born. My mom, the oldest, was
born in '31. I also have a "Machinists Handbook" that was his that is
copyright 1919. He worked as a tool and die maker.
I'd like to get this plane back into serviceable condition, and I've
found a few links in other rec.ww threads on that. But it's mostly
sentimental; I have no desire to sell the plane, just thought someone
could tell me more about it.
Oh yeah, I did indeed DAGS - and got nada!
I think it's Dunlap -- a Jack plane. I've got a partial Dunlap that's
a 4<something> (4b? 4d? 4db? don't remember).
I've seen a few from time to time on *bay, but it's been a long while
since I've looked.
Clean it up, and use it ... and think of your Grandpa.
Thanks JT. I did some searching on Dunlap planes, found references and
some pics; not sure mine is (and now seeing DLs post below w/ the Ebay
link), because the Dunlaps I found pics of all said that on the wedge
iron; mine says Craftsman (though my pics don't show it).
But yes, the connection to the past is the most valuable part.
I should have been a bit more specific; Sears has (almost) all of their
stuff made by someone else -- I think Whirlpool makes (or made) Kenmore
washer/dryers, for example.
So while your plane says "Craftsman", I'm pretty sure it was made by
Dunlap -- as it looks just like the Dunlap plane that I've got, and
others that I've seen.
But as before, clean it up, use it, and smile!
Yeah, I did misunderstand you. But then, I've also found this:
Further down the page:
"In 1950, Sargent brought out their line of HERCULES Golden Cutter
Planes", a mid--priced competitor to the Stanley DEFIANCE brand.
Sargent also manufactured planes for Sears, Roebuck & Company under the
CRAFTSMAN and DUNLAP brands. After 1955, Sargent marked planes became
And here's another. Easier to find stuff now that I know to put
together the keywords "dunlap craftsman sargent planes" :^)
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