Saturday, June 4, 2016

Woden No 0110

A slow day today, awaiting friends to go thru Heather stuff and sort it.
This morning I took Rudy to my usual local Week End Flea market. There is often tools hidden in there.

Rudy right away spotted this little block plane, it look promising, so took a closer look.

It is a Woden No 0110, Woden (who would be merged with Record later) copy of the ubiquitous Stanley No 110.

As block planes goes, the No 110 is rather crude, but there are multitudes of versions out there by whom ever made planes.
A solid built No 110 like a vintage Stanley or Record etc. is a good performer.
It also can minimize the wear on your "other" block plane: The No 65- 1/2 or equivalent.
Similarly if your work is smaller scale a No 102 or 103 would be a good choice.

A solid, basic block plane is a very handy tool to have around the house, not just in your shop!

So once Rudy and I came back home, I did my usual treatment for a "new" lump of rust. A bunch of pics, before and after initial treatment and assess its condition. The casting is solid, there are no broken parts, the only serious defect is the pitted and worn area in front of the mouth. That's bad and will have to be lapped down below it. Thankfully, this is a good solid and thick casting made in jolly old England :-)

Here are the before (as bought) and after (after initial clean up)
And... NO... I did not paid the sticker price -)

You can see the bad area in front of the mouth in this pic. Mostly middle of the mouth wear, which is very typical.

But for now, that is sufficient to go rejoin its brethren into my plane tills and update my files etc.
The blade would also be sharpen next time it is coming up to bat and there is a nick in it.

All in all, a perfect plane to put into my son's kit.

Bob, reeking of WD-40...hummm maybe I should let the ladies go thru her closets without me... :-) 


  1. When I saw the picture showing the pitting and wear on the sole in front of the mouth, I thought "bummer". But I'm not sure how important that is on a block plane. It's not a total loss, though, is it?

  2. Regardless of the plane types, that area just in front of the mouth is always critical.... If you want to make tissue thin shavings or minimize tear outs. On a Jack we would not care much if used mostly as a scrub.

    But in this case, no sweat, we have a very thick casting, I'm sure I would be able to fix that :-)

    Bob, the plane rescuer who brakes for rust

  3. Bob,

    Good work.....I had to stop rust hunting, either that or just rust hunt and forget making. It is like an obsession....My name is ken and I'm....I'm still paying the price of past sins trying to find a spot to store extra tools but can't bring myself to sell or give 'em away.

    I lean more to giving away than selling, there is just something wrong with selling good tools plus it isn't worth the hassle for the few bucks they bring.


  4. My name is Bob and I am addicted to rust :-)
    yes, IT IS an obsession allright :-)
    I would be lying if I claimed I used them all, or simply stated that they were all restored, sharpened and ready to go...
    It keeps me busy, and its a good thing.
    And believed it or not it was Rudy that insisted I bought that one
    Says Bob with a straight face and his fingers and toes crossed.

    I just can stop the thrill of the chase :-)