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Wood Planer

Wood Planer

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Description
This carpenter's wood planer was bought from Juan Camarón, a cabinet maker from Barrio Obrero in San Juan. It was made by another cabinet maker many years earlier. The objects collected by Teodoro Vidal illustrate many aspects of labor and production in Puerto Rico.
Description (Spanish)
Esta cepilladora de carpintero se obtuvo de Juan Camarón, un fabricante de armarios del Barrio Obrero de San Juan, pero ha sido fabricada años atrás por otro artesano de gabinetes.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
planer
Date made
20th century
user
Camaron, Juan
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14.5 cm x 60.9 cm x 7.5 cm; 5 11/16 in x 24 in x 2 15/16 in
ID Number
1997.0097.1190
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.1190
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
subject
Daily Life
Puerto Rico
Craftsman
Woodworking
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Cultures & Communities
Work
Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

Wood planers are such cool shaping tools. Good to see early transitional designs like this made up of a wooden and metal casting set to hold and adjust the blade. They were prized for their ability to smooth difficult grained woods when set very finely.

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