I’ve been having blogging withdrawals and was hoping to get started on my next plane restoration. Tonight, after I was able to free myself from my last meeting of the day, I inspected the #4 I had set aside for restoration. As you can see from the photo’s this plane is pretty rough.
This plane was in a box of planes I bought at an antique store for $50. There were a good 15 planes in the box and lots of other Misc tools. The owner had it in the back of the store and wanted to get rid of it. Some days it pays to ask about what your looking for.
I had been looking for a good number 4 for a while, but had not found one that I really like. I thought I would restore this one and wait for the right one to come along.
I dissassembled the plane and the following are my notes:
- The rear tote is pretty crudely shaped and appears to be home made. I was also unable to free the rear post from the bed of the plane.
- The lever cap is missing its spring and has damage to the lower end of the cap. The cap also has a U cast in it. There is damage to the lower part of the lever cap. It does not have a spring.
- The body has a #4 cast into the toe of the plane. No patent dates. Perhaps 65% of the jappanning remaining. Significant rust under the frog. Does not appear to be pitted.
- I could not find any markings on the blade. Most likely due to rust.The blade and chip breaker would not come apart.
- The frog is attached with round head screws that appear to have washers attached to them. It has “Stanley” stamped into the lateral adjuster. It does not have a frog adjustment screw.
- The blade asjustment knob is marked Bailey Patent Aug 6 1867 and Aug 31 1858.
Here are some photos of the plane apart.
After looking at the plane, I decided that I would not restore the plane. It is either an early plane or one assembled from a variety of parts and I do not belive in restoring very old or rare planes. I looked in the type study and had a hard time pinning down the specific type of the plane. The Type 3 or 4 is a guess.
The plane has a number of condition issues. I will continue to look for a good #4. I think I will target a #4C either here locally or get one off of ebay. Speaking of ebay, I am still waiting on the 5 1/4 I won last weekend. The seller did not take paypal and I had to send a check via snail mail. I’ll take some photos when it arrives.
Have a great weekend.
-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov