This plane was purchased at auction recently: I do my usual triage, assign it a number for my spreadsheet, from whence it gets put away for my after-retirement hobby. But I found this one intriguing enough to tackle right away. First, the tote. The shark-fin was snapped off, and so I pieced in some replacement stock, and faired it in to the original contours. Strip off all the cast iron parts, sandblast them, and use a 3-M deburring wheel to a smooth finish: ...
In between getting a bunch of new old planes ready for resale I decided to resurrect this Sargent #5418. This was one of those impulse buys. It was just a base and frog that had already been refinished. Anything in the #5400 series is fairly scarce, so I snapped it up. This one has the 2 piece adjuster. I remade the tote from a piece of Honduras Rosewood. Unfortunately the cutter is not the right vintage. It’s a bit newer than the plane itself.
This is an ebay find. I took a chance thinking it might be a type 1. This time it paid off. The before: And the now: It’s complete and all look parts are period correct.
You will find more information and more pictures on my blog. The problem with being on a quest for knowledge is the endless circles you often get stuck in, and the off roads that follow. I’m always looking for information on older Sargent hand planes. So recently I bought a hand plane off ebay that is an obvious early Sargent 409. It’s got Rosewood, a type 4 base, with a type 3 frog, and a “Fulton Tool Co” cutter. The type 4 base dates it to 1911 to 1918. I know Sargent made ...
I’m going to call this one a type 6 #408 1942-1950 Its got a type 5 cutter. 1942-1950A type 4 cap.A mahogany knob and tote. And here is what seems a little different. Its got a brass cutter adjuster knob, and brass nuts on the knob and tote.Typical for this time frame? Lets take a poll.
An ongoing blog on dating a 400 series Sargent bench plane http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/determining-a-sargent-bench-plane-vintage/
I replaced the old screws that holds the iron and ship-breaker with some of brass. Flattened their heads and gave them a nice chamfered ring. A wile ago i got some pieces of Norwegian west coast grown apple from a friend. Having saved it to make a new handle and knob to a jackplane I restored this summer (another project soon to come) and decided to match up the filletster. It has an beautiful warm glow to it and I think it would ad both warmth and enjoyment to the touch and feel to th...
When living in Oslo you´re not really swimming in woodworking stores. Talking to fellow woodworkers about tool-selection and experiences is left to internet, books and magazines in the subject. To feel and test a handle is to order and, if totally of, return. So getting back to woodworking this past year has been all reading and listening, comparing different views and hoping for the best outcome to orders made to dealers outside Norway. The best tool shopping in Oslo is the overpriced tra...
I bought this hoping it was a 5408, but knowing I would love to add it to my collection even as a type 3 #408. If you look at my last blog, in this series I compared what I believe to be a 409 and a 5409. So lets look at this new 408. Working through the criteria for a 5400 series.Here is what this 408 has.- corrugated sole- a blank cap (should have the number and a dot on the back though)- Cutter marked with Oval Trademark with U.S.A. in center (type 2 Iron)- Two-piece cutter adjusting nu...
This is the first post of three relating to cloned planes – vintage planes made by the likes of Stanley, Sargent and Millers Falls for catalog companies such as Sears. http://workingbyhand.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/the-clone-wars-part-i/
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