Another weirder aluminum plane – “THE BOSTON”

“The BOSTON” is all that we know about this plane, apart from the “No.2” emblazoned on the toe of the plane, and the fact that it had a sibling – the No.2A, with a more conventional lever cap. What makes this plane weird *is* the lever cap. Again, little or no information on the net. As “THE BOSTON” appears on at least three planes, I would suspect it is the name of the company that manufactured these planes, but searching yields few results. The closest might be “THE BOSTON METALS COMPANY” – a company which was a member of the Drop Forging Association, at least up until the last 1950s.

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The body is aluminum, painted blue on the inside. The aluminum block which retains the depth adjustment screw is coloured black, and there are black flakes on the lever cap and front knob, implying they were originally coloured black as well.  The recessed part of the horn is likely designed to fit the portion of the hand between the index finger and the thumb, with the fingers wrapping around the right portion of the plane, and the thumb the left. Most of the plane is composed of cast aluminum excepting the screws (and associated threads), and thumbscrew. Other than the weird horn-like protrusion, the lever cap uses a traditional thumb-screw to apply tension to the blade.

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Below are details for the base and depth adjustment mechanism – the latter which also doubles as the lateral adjustment mechanism. The depth adjustment mechanism works through a thumbscrew, which screws into a rectangular block, which pivots on the plane body (in the cylindrical depression shown in the top-left photograph below) – allowing for lateral adjustment.

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SPECS:

Length: 6 7/8″
Width: 2″
Blade width: 1 5/8″
Weight: 550g (1 lb, 4 oz)
Material: cast aluminum
Markings: “THE BOSTON″, “No.2”

In addition it seems that “THE BOSTON” also created a small thumb-type block plane, also of cast aluminum.

NB: Other aluminum planes include one made by “Foster” (1 KINSEY BUFFALO NY).

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8 thoughts on “Another weirder aluminum plane – “THE BOSTON”

  1. Gerhard says:

    Thanks for diving into these planes 🙂 I just saw an salesadvert for a poorlooking 2A? On an Norwegian website. I look as if there is some structural damage on the sole, otherwise I would have bought it. Little on the web about this planes, and Yours is the only on place I could find that mentions the brand at all.

    Greetings from Norway,

    Gerhard

    http://m.finn.no/bap/forsale/ad.html?finnkode=77816181

  2. Greg Misenar says:

    I found a version of this plane; a double-ended block plane with a steel base and blade, but the same aluminum knob, cap and adjuster mechanism shown above. Since it’s been a while from the original post, did anyone come up with any additional information on these planes? Mine has “EVOSTRO” marked just behind the forward blade opening and “130” behind the knob.

    The body is similar to the Stanley #130, and doesn’t seem to be cheaply made, just odd.

    Greg

    • spqr says:

      Looking at the pictures, I would almost have believe that this is something someone has put together. Firstly the combination of a steel body and aluminum parts like the lever cap doesn’t make a lot of sense. Then as you pointed out, the depth adjustment mechanism only really works one way, and the hole in the plane body that the mechanism fits into seems off-centre (but I have seen off-centre before with the Boston’s). I have never seen a double-ended block plane with a depth adjustment mechanism. The marking EVOSTRO, could likely be someones name (E.Vostro), as it appears stamped, rather than raised, which is the more common way of marking planes (also it appears under the blade, which is also unusual).

  3. Greg Misenar says:

    I tend to agree, although there are quite a few contrary items with this little plane. The hole for the adjuster is off center, but it fits the adjuster mechanism very well, which would be very lucky for someone to have parts that fit so interchangeably. Same with the marking, as some of the letters don’t line up perfectly (the “R” is a little higher), but it’s located just beneath the horizontal bar that holds the blade, which would be very difficult for someone to add with a typical lettering punch unless it was offset (not to mention the little 5-dot logo pattern).
    However, There is a hole on the base where the screw from the knob has been seated too deep, and above all, it just doesn’t seem right. I any case, this will undoubtedly be one of those “conversation planes” that sits on a shelf and people pick up because it’s weird.
    Thanks for helping to identify it.

    • spqr says:

      Actually the one thing that really sticks out is the side of the plane. Most double-ended block planes, don’t have the double
      curves. So searching about I found this one on eBay
      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Antique-Stanley-1131-Double-Ended-Block-Plane-Woodworking-Tool-Inv-J27-/222633088725?hash=item33d5f756d5:g:9ogAAOSwImRYE8lJ
      It’s a Stanley No.1131, and its about the only one with the dual-curves. The other interesting thing about this plane is that
      it does have a very similar buttress configuration upon which the blade rests.

      • Greg Misenar says:

        I think you may be correct on the body of the plane. While the picture on Ebay gets a little fuzzy when zooming in on the adjuster knob, everything else looks exactly the same. Plus, the #1131 has two ridges that stand up to hold the bottom of the blade, that look like it could have been ground down and drilled for the Boston adjuster mechanism. The only other thought is that someone put a lot of work into a cheap little plane. I’m going to pursue other online graphics of the #1131 to get a closer look at that casting, but everything else matches.
        Thanks

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