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Manufactured/Badged by:
Sears | Craftsman

True Manufacturer:
Parks Woodworking Machine Co., Cincinnati, OH.
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Planer, Wood
Machine Size: 12" x 4"
Submitted By: Brian Kachadurian
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 112.23490
Date of Manufacturer: late 40s/50s...?
Serial Number: 22202 (View SN Registry Entry)
Last Updated 10/13/2017 7:07:12 PM

The ubiquitous Parks model 95 planer, sold under the Craftsman label.

In the late 1990s, a friend of mine worked part-time at a local auction house.
When the auction company unloads the contents of a house, the dealer gives him first shot at buying any tools, prior to auction.
My friend obtained this planer (along with a Boice-Crane 10" bench saw) from an old fellow's basement workshop.
The previous owner passed away and his estate was being liquidated.
Both the planer and saw were new and still in the original factory shipping crates.
The photo shows the first time the upper part of the crate was removed to inspect the planer (in my friend's barn).
It was shipped from Parks in Cincinnati Ohio to a Detroit Michigan Sears store (per the printing on the crate).
Note the block of wood and slip of paper on the bed.
The slip of paper explains that the enclosed block of wood was test planed as a final quality inspection.
The planer has a light amount of surface rust and is completely covered with dust.
My friend put it in his barn and it has been there for about 15 years.

UPDATE May 2013:
I purchased the planer from my friend, unused and still attached to the crate base.
Unfortunately, critters destroyed the original dirty paper, and the test block was lost.
Fortunately, the crate parts survived and I have those.
The planer also included a factory original cloth draw-string bag with two hex wrenches for machine adjustment.

Photo 1:

Comments: Uncreated for the first time in my friend's barn.
Source: My Canon Powershot S230, in his barn.
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Photo 2:

Comments: In my shop. OEM bag with adjustment hex wrenches.
Source: iPhone 6S camera-existing light
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Comments: Oringinal crate.
Source: iPhone 6S camera-existing light
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Comments: Craftsman logo tag--note four holes for Parks tag.
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Comments: Underside and elevation gear.
Source: iPhone 6S camera-with flash
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Comments: Shipping label on crate board.
Source: iPhone 4S camera-existing light
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