As I catalog the photos of our trip to the region, my fascination with the old tools at the Sloane-Stanley Museum continues. In this entry I share some of the hand planes from Eric Sloane’s collection, a workbench from the late 19th century or early 20th century, and a few layout tools.
First up, some of the hand planes. The display of molding planes, and the Gallery of Planes Unusual follow:
While the display is striking, the illustrations are exceptional – the molding planes::
The illustration for the molding planes:
The Gallery of Planes Unusual:
The illustration helps identify the “unusual” planes:
The plow plane display:
The workbench, with a stash of hand planes on it:
The face (“horizontal”) vise on the workbench:
The box vise (tail vise):
Typical of the era, the strip containing the dog hole openings was screwed onto the top:
And, finally, some layout tools:
Acknowledgment: I thank Christopher Schwarz for his help identifying the age of the workbench, based on nothing else but these photographs. He stated that it “…is a typical workbench from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its bolted construction suggests that it is a later bench rather than an earlier bench.”
Acknowledgment: I thank Ms. Barbara Russ of the Sloane-Stanley Museum, for allowing me to take photographs for publication on this blog.