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42276 Walt Lane <walrus@k...> Apr-29-1998 Consolidated Tool Works - Bench Plane


Esteemed GG's

I sent out this request some time ago, 
but received only one response which
had no ID assistance.  Sorry to waste the
bandwidth again, but I have no other 
place to turn at this moment.  Any ideas
on this company, dates, location, length
of production, etc.?

Many thanks.

"I have come into possession of a #4 size bench plane
made by the Consolidated Tool Works, Inc. with
the PILOT brand in a ship's wheel on the iron.

I cannot seem to find any info on this company in my
meager library.  Do any of you have an idea of when
this plane may have been made?  MJD catalogue has
an entry for a caliper in both the 1996 and 1998 edition
indicating this was a New York company.

Thanks."

Walt
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Walt Lane              Member:  EAIA,  M-WTCA          
3 Pewter Lane           {Galoot - Maroon Cap}      
Johnstown, NY  12095    (518-762-8259)   

42291 TomPrice <TomPrice@a...> Apr-29-1998 Re: Consolidated Tool Works - Bench Plane

Walt wrote:

>"I have come into possession of a #4 size bench plane
>made by the Consolidated Tool Works, Inc. with
>the PILOT brand in a ship's wheel on the iron.
>
>I cannot seem to find any info on this company in my
>meager library. Do any of you have an idea of when
>this plane may have been made? MJD catalogue has
>an entry for a caliper in both the 1996 and 1998 edition
>indicating this was a New York company.

Someone else found a Pilot jack plane a year or so ago and Charlie 
Newbold wrote the following:

>>Made by The Consolidated Tool Company. Has a ship's wheel on the iron (very
>>thick) and on the lever cap, with the word "Pilot" between the spokes. It
>>is about the size of a Stanley/Bailey #5. Has a corrugated sole.
>
>The blade stamp indicates it is probably an original iron for the plane. 
>According to Roger Smith's book on metallic planes, the Pilot Brand was made 
>by The Consolidated Tool Co. of New York city circa 1925. The Stanley 
>planes 
>were made with corrugated soles starting in 1898, so I suspect it is an 
>imitation made after the Stanley patents expired. 
>
>I've never seen any of their planes, so I don't know about the quality or 
>value. Roger's book doesn't show any examples or discuss any patents 
>associated with them. In general, jack planes are very common. Corrugated 
>sole planes are worth a little more than smooth sole planes of the same 
>size. 

So Roger Smith does have some information on Pilot planes in one of the 
PTAMPIA editions. I don't have either of these so I can't be of further 
assistance. Can some kind soul check his/her PTAMPIA and tell us if there 
is any more information on Consolidated Tool?
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Tom Price 
Will Work For Tools
http://members.aol.com/tomprice/galootp/galtprog.html