Wood Planer

Wood Planer

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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.
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Object Name
Date made
20th century
Camaron, Juan
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
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
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Daily Life
Puerto Rico
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Cultures & Communities
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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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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