Car boot (trunk US) sales (bit like a combo garage/flea market or neighborhood garage sale US) are hit-and-miss venues for tool finding, but each week, in about an hour or so, I can find a handfull of good, old tools to restore and use. My apprentice, John Winter, was asking me about a plane in my tool chest and I told him it was a featured article in a recent issue of The Woodworker magazine. In the article, I restored a car-boot-find jack plane just like this one, which is the one I found last weekend and gave to John for him to restore and use.
£2 worth of history past
A man’s good eye no more to cast
Upon the warped wood to gauge
Its twisted shape and make it true
And ne’er again ‘is sweated hand upon the beech
To jerk into a stretching reach
Nor shavings rising from the throat
To fill the ground beneath his trampling feet
It’s amazing to me to see in such a short time how John can now restore a plane he never used before and whisk off perfect shimmering shavings just like an expert. All of this came from my training him to set up and use the basic Bailey-pattern smoothing plane. This older plane was made by ECE plane makers and has an Hearnshaw Brothers cutting iron. Here the results are evident, and all for just £2. Imagine!