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/
I might have crossed a line today. I had picked up a Kunz #80 scraper for $7.50 and a Sargent 409 for $12 at an auction a couple of weeks ago. There was a real nice Stanley #5 but it sold for $65 and I do have one of those. I tried out the scraper yesterday after learning which was the front. Turns out I’m a puller, not a pusher. All it would do is make a tiny pile of sawdust from the left end of the blade. Figured today would be a good time to learn setting up the #80, so...
So again I find myself engrossed in the type information found in Dave Heckel’s guide, and HMike's Blog. I bought this because real early corrugated planes are not as common place as some others. And as usually dating them can be a bit of a challenge. The lever cap has the number and the cap, which means it could be a type 1, 2 or 3. The frog puts it around a type 3, assuming all type 2’s had the horseshoe lateral. The base also put it at a type 3. The thin cas...
I picked up a type 1 #409. I thought it was a Stanley when I first picked it up because it had a Stanley Iron of the correct vintage. A quickly noticed some markings behind the frog that shouldn’t be there. A little rubbing and a number 409 immerged. At that point I knew the plane was coming home with me. The day before I bought this plane I was fishing through a tool box and came across an old 2” Sargent iron. I thought, I may need that someday, so I asked the guy what he wanted for...
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