Overflow XXII

Up for grabs is a Stanley #194, which was designed to cut chamfers on the edges of fibreboard.


A razor blade is clamped to the bed with clamping plate and two slotted screws. Meanwhile, two thumbscrews secure the adjustable fence.


The plane features a corrugated sole.

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According to the hand tool reference site Blood and Gore, the Stanley #194 was manufactured between 1936 and 1958.

If you would like this plane, please leave a comment below with a description of its would-be new home (e.g. on a dusty shelf between my palm sander and tape measure). I’ll give you a bonus entry if you tell me your thoughts on wooden spokeshaves (I’m scheduled to teach a class making a wooden spokeshave at Lee Valley Tools Coquitlam on the 14th). You may enter until the end of Tuesday, February 10. I will then draw a winner at random. Even if you don’t get this tool, remember that there is still much more I want to give away.

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3 thoughts on “Overflow XXII

  1. I could use this plane in my one off work. I’m working on learning veneer an i think i cut my backer an sheets with it. Now wooden spoke shaves. They are great and easy to sharpen. No sanding they leave a smooth surface. Just takes a little learning and a soft touch.

  2. Hi Chris,
    Good to see your still sharing your talents with the up & coming woodworkers of tomorrow. The hours you spend patiently teaching your skills are rewarded with the knowledge of having some quality and sometimes quite unique pieces being created with confidence and importantly safety. The folks that are participating are there learning skills that will surely make them proud of the work they accomplish, also help to keep all their digits where they should be.

    Where I would keep this wonderful tool would be somewhere that it would not feel too crowded. It would be on a slightly inclined shelf with a front moulding that would guarantee that it would not tumble off. Elbow room left and right with a slight cushioned matt beneath. Oh ya! Comfy, secure, visible and handy.

    Now on the topic of spokeshaves and building one. A buddy of mine came to my old shop one day and was asking if I knew where he could go to purchase one close by. There wasn’t anyplace near that location and he seemed a bit disappointed as he was working on a project at his place next door. I suggested we make one with some stuff I had at the shop. An old, old file and some pieces of hardwood I had in my cutoff bin. We got to work on the file and in no time we had a pretty decent spokeshave to admire. That was some 15 years ago and he still uses it regularly. Say’s it’s one of his favorite tools. We had fun putting it together and he is still having fun using it and admiring our handy work, I’m sure.

    What was really fun though was that putting that spokeshave together like that seemed to have given him confidence to make all sorts of other homemade tools and jigs. He was the type that bought everything ready made before and after that afternoon in the old shop he became super creative with all sorts of ideas. Say’s he has great fun thinking up useful tools and stuff. Recycles and saves money at the same time.

    Till next, Ray Roy.

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