Baby Coffin Smoother

A four inch Ward Coffin Smoother.

I was on eBay and found this little plane and had to have it. It is just over four inches long.

I have never seen one so small. I have seen them around six inches. It was in fine shape and a breeze to clean up and refurbish. All I had to do was flatten the back of the iron, square it up a bit and sharpen it. The body was in wonderful shape, no checks or cracks. The original finish was almost all there. It only had a bit of paint and glue on it.

The only little bit of information I can find on the maker was vague. I believe David Ward from Sheffield England made the little guy. I can find some evidence of him making joinery planes before 1840. My question is, is this a salesman’s sample?

A short video. Enjoy. All questions and comments are welcome.

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

8 Responses to Baby Coffin Smoother

  1. roger says:

    Mini tool, and maxi finish

    • David Bardin says:

      Ahh ha! There is Roger.
      Maxi complement from a great guy.
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      Hey everybody check out Rogers pens in the right hand side of the page. Christmas is coming and he will ship them wherever you need.

  2. Rand says:

    My grandfather always said that when it coms to common sense, one boy is one boy, two boys is a half a boy and three boys is no boy at all. lol. I can see this one coming. Be sure you insurance is paid up Dave, because when his mother and grand mother get done with you, there won’t be much left. lol.Best wishes to you, Rand

    • David Bardin says:

      Rand we have already had the “when he is going hunting” fight.
      I am going to win. He will have early respect for firearms.
      Its good to hear from you. I hope all is going well.
      Come again!

  3. JL7 says:

    How cool is that Dave? That really cleaned up nice……It will be interesting to hear what you learn about this little bugger…….

    It’s pocket sized so you can bring it to work and do some smoothing over lunch…….

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