Chris Craft Pre War Planer?

I am not sure how anyone could confirm this, and of course sadly not sure if there are any pre war employees still out there to confirm it either. And to add to that confusion, it really has no writing on it other than the Sandusky marking on the blade. There is of course a story. And an obscure story so one could say, who in the hell would make up a story like that? So, I am inclined to believe it. But then again?

So todays big question is? Does anyone have any more info on such an item? Any stories, any photos of tools from the pre war era? And of course if you are a gambling man. HERE IT IS ON EBAY.


And then again, one could even say. Would it be worth anymore even if it is proven? maybe, just maybe the story is the most fun part of the entire thing.


Antique 14″ hand made wooden plane from a craftsman at Chris craft until the war. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. This auction features a beautiful vintage wooden hand made plane with a back story. I bought this plane 2 yrs ago from and and older gentlemen who told me they were his father or grandfather who was a craftsman at Chris craft boats until he served his country in the 40s. . I did email Chris craft and offered the plane to I was going to give them away. They responded asked for photos and I sent them and that Is the end of story. I believe I may have makers name in the email if I find ill added . But you look at the pictures and ask questions. Unsure what species of wood the plane is made from. Planes solid and functional. The knob is 2 pieces and the top spins again look at the pictures as they are part of the description and ask questions if you need before you bid. This is a no reserve auction so good luck bidders

8 replies
  1. Jimmy
    Jimmy says:

    The lever cap is from a Stanley transitional plane, they were made from the 1800s into WWII.
    The plane itself looks like someone decided to build a wood plane shaped like a Stanley Bailey plane.

  2. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    I hate to correct your header Matt. That is a plane not a planer. A planer is that monster / buffet table you have at the Railway. Very neat tho. Having been made in Sandusky, I wold think there was a better chance that it was used at the Lyman boat works instead of Chris Craft, who knows. I know guys that collect those and have a lot of different types. They take up less room than boats, but to me not as cool.

  3. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    Agree with Jimmy, it looks like it was patterned after a much later Stanley Bailey all metal plane and also it looks too good to have been used to plane thousands of board feet of wood. A true transitional wood/metal plane’s wood sole would look very used for a true factory tool. If it stays at $13.50, it would be a nice conversation piece for the headquarters tool display.

  4. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    A quick internet search about Sandusky Tool Company catalogs has nothing like this one shown, however just because the iron was made by them does not mean the plane body was. It was also listed that the factory was struck by a tornado in 1924 and closed five years later.

  5. mahoganymadness
    mahoganymadness says:

    I once got the scoop on a per-estate sale.. “all tool came from the plant in Algonac….I did buy a nice saw 1980’s vintage…..The only thing there Chris Craft was the ground it was on in downtown Algonac

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