ESTD 1999

Planing Asbestos

Posted: 12th January 2009
Box for a block plane with the text "for asbestos" on the side.
A bargain at 10 shillings!

This ancient block plane was found hanging around in the murky depths of my workshop. I'm not sure how old it is, but it is clearly from a time before the hazards of asbestos were well-known, beacuse on the side you can see it says "for asbestos", with an image of a happy-looking chap planing away at a corrugated sheet of the stuff. This is of course a really bad idea because the plane will produce plenty of toxic asbestos dust, ready to be inhaled.