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E.C.STEARNS & CO Spokeshave

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  • Closed: Tue 29 Aug 2006, 9:04 pm
Listing #: 67748201
This is a wonderful bit of turn of the century engineering. Looks as so this was designed for both concave and convex planing as the sole is fully adjustable spring steel. The adjustment is by way of the quadrant stay and thumb screw. The leading edge and face plate is made of brass and is cast with "E.C.Stearns & CO, Syracuse, NY, U.S.A PAT'D Mar 27 1900"

Light surface rust on bare steel bits, all screws work and no damage other than normal wear and tear. I found the following written on the web about this tool.

One of the most ingenious spokeshaves ever to appear on the market was
invented by a dude from the Arizona Territories, back in 1900. He had to
go all the way to Syracuse, NY to find someone, E.C.Stearns, to make his
product. The design gets an A for effort, but an F for longevity.

The shave has all the bells and whistles one could ever hope to include
on such a simple tool - there is a cap iron that can be positioned as near
or as far on the cutting edge as the worker deems appropriate, the mouth
can be open or closed using the exact same yoke assembly as found on the
Stanley #53 and #54, and the real 'benefit' that this tool offered is an
adjustable sole.

This wasn't any common adjustment mechanism. This one was a full-blown
flexible sole that used a securing mechanism right off the Stanley #13.
A steel sole is bent to fit over the lowermost portion of the bed, on the
main casting. The sole extends backward some 2 1/4" where it rolls around
a pin, which in turn is fastened to a curved bar. This bar loops back to-
ward the front of the tool, and passes through a slotted and raised pro-
jection of the main casting, where a thumb screw secures the curved bar
in position. Thus, it's possible to lock the sole into an infinite number
of positions throughout the sole's range, be it concave or convex. Nice
idea, and nice try, but there's one fundamental problem - the sole can't
withstand repeated adjustment, and often tears, rendering the tool use-

Shipping details

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  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Porirua, Wellington, NZ

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Closes: Tue 29 Aug, 9:04 pm. 2006 This auction used auto-extend.