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Bought an old wooden block plane at a car boot sale. got it cheap because it was black and dirty and had some woodworm, and the handle had fallen out but I only wanted it to square off edges.
Cleaned it up and got a makers name, investigated the name and I've become the owner of an Edward Preston trying plane.
a very respected English manufacturer from the mid 1800's to the 1930's, and mine is a 100 years old!

Not in good enough condition to make me rich, but nice enough to look after it and use it wisely.

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Oh my....
nice score...
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This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Great find, Bob.

As Stick so eloquently put it, "Nice score"...

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Long time ago, in a galaxy far away, I had a roommate whose father collected wooden colonial planes. Their house burned down, and he lost about 100 planes. All that was remaining was the irons. The fire was so intense his mom's wedding ring melted and encased the diamonds.

To find a good 100 year old wooden plane is an exceptional find. Clean it up, true it, sharpen the iron, and use it . Tools are meant to be used to make other things.

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Very Nice. Are you saying the iron was made by Edward Preston, or is that name on the wooden body or handle? I have a similar one that has "Baldwin Tool Co." stamped on the iron and another name, presumably the owner's, crudely stamped into the block of wood in 6 places. I thought back then woodworkers bought the iron but made the body themselves. Is that true? If so, does anyone known when the iron manufacturers started providing the body?
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Nice Plane, this type of rescue is a good thing, save them for the future. N
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Nice find. I love old tools like that. Wooden planes were around for a long time so they must have worked well or they would have scrapped the idea and we wouldn't know about them today. I've seen one or two makers of new ones lately so there is still a market for them.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.

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Great tool! You have encouraged me to check mine out. I have one that I found in an old tool cabinet that I inherited. now I want to go out to my shop and see what it is.
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Very Nice. Are you saying the iron was made by Edward Preston, or is that name on the wooden body or handle? I have a similar one that has "Baldwin Tool Co." stamped on the iron and another name, presumably the owner's, crudely stamped into the block of wood in 6 places. I thought back then woodworkers bought the iron but made the body themselves. Is that true? If so, does anyone known when the iron manufacturers started providing the body?
over the last few days, I have become an expert on wooden planes (lol).

I found the name stamped on the iron first, and asked for info from a UK woodworking forum, They came up with the links to the internet info.
My plane was made sometime between 1889 and 1909, decided by the fact preston became preston and sons in 1889 (which mine is so stamped) and the 1909 tool catalogue doesnt list it. It is in the 1901 catalogue.

Its impossible to narrow it down further, as the wooden planes had no serial numbers.
Edward Preston and sons was a very big company, making dozens of types of tools, mostly with their own steel bodies and blades.

Once I had cleaned the plane body of the worst of the old laquer and white paint spots (I can hear all the purists weeping in their beer now), I found the company name stamped into the front face of the plane body.

If your plane was from between the wars, so many companies went under and merged that its possible yours is from the block maker as he has most of the pieces, and a blade bought from another company.

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woodchip, is this what you have?

Baldwin

if so, its older then mine by quite a bit
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