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US Patent: 3,355
Cast-Iron Plane Stock
Soapstone Oiler for Bench Plane
William Foster - Washington, DC

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Tool Categories:
woodworking tools : planes : plane accessories : plane oilers


The Savage Mill - Savage, MD
Dwights & Foster - Seymour, CT

J. J. Greenough
L. Caldwell

Patent Dates:
Granted: Nov. 24, 1843

Reissue Information:
Reissued as AI68 (Mar. 16, 1844)

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First patent to William Foster for a device for applying a lubricant to a plane sole. He discloses soapstone as the material to use to "occasion the plane to run light and easy". His Additional Improvement patent AI68 stretches the idea to more than one recess to hold lubricants such as beeswax and tallow.

In PTAMPIA2, Roger Smith conjectures that Foster or Hazard Knowles had planes of this patent made by The Savage Mill in Savage, Maryland using Knowles' plane 4859X as the basis. An example with a blade marked "DWIGHT'S & FOSTER/WARRANTED/CAST STEEL", and a capiron marked, "PHOENIX WORKS".

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