Jump to content

Men planing and sanding in Austin, 1890s


Recommended Posts

Traces of Texas reader Sean Forkner graciously sent in this fantastic photo of carpenters planning a floor with old-fashioned hand planes in Austin back in the 1890s. Sean found it while going through some old boxes at the Carpenter's Union Hall. Interesting comments written on the back:

"1890, Dick Coon's House, 14th @ West Ave.  The First 8 Hour Job in Austin. Carpenter work was day work, $2.50 to $3.00 per day for 8 hours work, which was the prevailing wage for Union men on all 10 hour jobs at the time."

Thank you, Sean! This photo is so good I can hardly believe it!


From Sean Forkner 1890, Dick Coons House, 14th @ West Ave planing the floor Austin found in Carpenter's Union Hall.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

As a lifelong woodworker, I find it interesting how they had their bench planes set up with push poles. Judging from the size and quantity of the shavings on the floor, they were taking fairly deep bites into the wood with each pass and the long poles gave them good leverage. The gentleman directly behind them is on his knees doing the finish planing in the usual manner. Lastly, the man in the back looks to be doing the finish sanding or perhaps scraping which would be the last step.

Great photo!

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Unfortunately, your content contains terms that we do not allow. Please edit your content to remove the highlighted words below.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use