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Restorations #1: Mysterious bench plane.

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Blog entry by Combo Prof posted 02-08-2016 12:44 AM 1304 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I picked up this bench plane (after bargaining) for $10 at our local antique store. It has no makings. The iron has no markings. The unusual lever cap has no markings. It is 1/2 inch shorter then a Stanley 5 but has the same width. The knob is small, smaller then any I have seen. it measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter and is 1 13/16 inches high.
The iron is 2 inches wide (as expected).

Help me identify it. Here are some pictures.

Update March 6, 2016: Work, SWMBO, DWMBW and other projects got in the way. Finally git back to it this week end. The biggest obstacle was removing the knob bolt. I though I had the screw turning when it sheared off. But that tells more of the story. Apparently the original bolt had been replaced with 1/4-24 bolt machine screw and consequently the screw hole has been re-tapped. I will replace it with a new machine screw. I have all the parts cleaned up now I am waiting for paint and stain to dry. Spent a long time flattening the frog and lapping the sole. Longest I have ever spent on those operations. Pictures will follow later.

*Progress Photo March 7, 2016.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)



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bandit571

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#1 posted 02-08-2016 01:08 AM

Sargent made, either as a Fulton, or as a Hercules.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#2 posted 02-08-2016 01:27 AM

That’s purdy! Keep us updated.

-- still trying to think of a clever signature......

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#3 posted 02-08-2016 01:46 AM

My guess was Sargent made. It would be my first Sargent bench plane if it is. I’ll start cleaning it up.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#4 posted 02-08-2016 02:39 AM

Looking forward to seeing it all spiffied up, Don.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 02-08-2016 03:18 AM

Thanks. Candy, but I am afraid it will be slow going. I am very busy with work and editing.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#6 posted 02-08-2016 03:33 AM

That’s OK, Don. I’ve seen your restore pile. My hoard is big, too.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 02-08-2016 11:24 AM

I’ve never seen a Sargent with that type of cap, or that type of tote bolt, or that type of cutter adjuster.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#8 posted 02-08-2016 02:59 PM

For the record I added your post from the other thread where this started here.


t’s interesting. I think it’s a Defiance Jack. Defiance made that type of cap to, they just didn’t put it on a jack and I don’t think they put it on a 2” plane.

The adjuster is different as well.

- Don W

You are probably correct in this assessment.

Given that our local population is predominately from Finland could this plane be related to the one shown in this
patent link.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#9 posted 02-09-2016 06:05 AM


-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#10 posted 02-09-2016 06:10 AM

Note: I have a tote bolt with brass end. Switch out to a Sargent lever cap. I might have a run-of-the-mill lever cap. Can toss all the above into a small box, and send it your way….if you want.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#11 posted 03-06-2016 02:05 PM


Note: I have a tote bolt with brass end. Switch out to a Sargent lever cap. I might have a run-of-the-mill lever cap. Can toss all the above into a small box, and send it your way….if you want.

- bandit571

If you still have the tote bolt I will take it. I think the only reason to have retrieve this plane was because of its lever cap, so I will decline you moist generous offer of a Sargent lever cap. (Besides I have an extra too.)

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#12 posted 03-06-2016 02:06 PM


Note: I have a tote bolt with brass end. Switch out to a Sargent lever cap. I might have a run-of-the-mill lever cap. Can toss all the above into a small box, and send it your way….if you want.

- bandit571

If you still have the tote bolt I will take it. I assume you mean a one piece bolt.

- Combo Prof


-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#13 posted 03-06-2016 11:12 PM

What does it says on the blade adjuster nut?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#14 posted 03-06-2016 11:13 PM

Note: I have a tote bolt with brass end. Switch out to a Sargent lever cap. I might have a run-of-the-mill lever cap. Can toss all the above into a small box, and send it your way….if you want.

- bandit571

If you still have the tote bolt I will take it.

- Combo Prof


What does it says on the blade adjuster nut?

- Don W


It does not say anything.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#15 posted 03-07-2016 01:04 AM

Here are close ups of the adjuster nut. I’ve never seen one like it.




-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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