Chaplin patent wood planes were sold by the hardware company Tower & Lyon (1884 – 1916). Arril R Chaplin was a pattern maker by trade residing in Boston. He held several patents for wood working, shoe, and metal working machinery. Patent number 126,519 was issued May 7, 1872. This plane used a screw to set the blade depth rather than a cam & lever. The later planes used a hard rubber tote and knob. This was introduced in 1904 and proved quite durable.
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