Coffin Smoother part 1

This is a 9” coffin smoother purchased from eBay. It is a Cassy Clark and Co. from Auburn NY with a Clover Leaf iron.

Cassy Clark and CO.

The firm is known to exist from 1864 to 1893. George Casey reorganized the firm of Casey, Clark and Company as a joint stock company in 1864, under the firm name of Auburn Tool Company, capitalized at $700, 000. The 1865 New York State Census noted the firm as a manufacturer of plane, plane irons, and skates.

During 1864-65 and from 1874-77 the company used prison labor at the Auburn Prison The 1865 NY census reported that 50 men were employed, producing 35,000 planes worth $35,000, 25,000 dozen plane irons worth $12,000 and 30,000 pairs of ice skates worth $45,000 utilizing steam power.


Clover Leaf Irons

Reynolds & Co., manufacturers of steel cultivator teeth and workers in all kinds of sheet metal, are located on Washington Street near Barber’s mills. The business was established in 1861, on Mechanic Street, near the Auburn City Mills, by Asa R. Reynolds and his sons Samuel P., Mark and Napoleon.



There is a bit of history on the plane and iron manufacture.

I intended to make this a user. The body was cracked bad. The plane needed a lot of care. The iron had been chipped and put on a grinder in a poor fashion.

I broke the plane down and assessed my approach to the repair and rebuilding of it.

I used super glue gel to repair the body. Electrolysis to derust the irons and a worksharp 3000, tormek combination to true up the iron and chip breaker.

I still need to finish the iron and square the bottom. After I test it I will assest if I need to replace the bottom. Part 2 is on its way.

Thank you for your time.

Part 2 coming soon.

Please comment!

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.

5 Responses to Coffin Smoother part 1

  1. Candy says:

    Hey, Dave! Hope you, and yours, are doing well. I am working on a poor coffin smoother that has this exact same crack/split. The crack on the wedge support (does that have another name?) may be a little worse. OR just may be the color contrast between the shadow and the white paint slathered on the body of the plane. UGH! In the video, did you put a clamp on this part? Looks like the clamps were both placed on the outsides? How has your repair held up over the last year or so? Anything you’d do differently? Thanks.

    • David Bardin says:

      Hello Candy! We are fine thank you. It does have a name and for the life of me I can not recall it. Oh well age…..
      I did clamp it.Most important part is to get the epoxy or super glue all the way down the crack.And yes it is still chugging right along. Most people have a tenancy to over tighten the wedge. This is not necessary. I clamped it from the outside only.

  2. roger says:

    git er done super. Awesome! Coffin plane, looks like one, but, a lil creepy… haha

  3. Jay says:

    You do good work.

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