Interesting story to tell. I was headed out this afternoon to run some errands. We stopped at an antique mall that we stop at a lot. Several of the vendors have some nice tools, but they are typically very pricey. Today I found this plane for $12, it was marked Solar Mfg Co. on the blade and that was the only marking. I can’t find any information on it. Its a little unusual to find a #3 like this. Something about this plane told me to take it home.
The real reason I wanted it was it looked exactly like a Stanley, it was a #3 (i’ve got 3 now) and the blade was thicker than everything I have now.
The frog is exactly like my broken #3. It fits perfect with one exception, the adjustment screw is right handed. The adjustment screw is also steel and not brass. It doesn’t have a lateral adjustment lever. If it wasn’t for the right handed screw I’d think about switching.
The lever cap is painted black. It also doesn’t have a spring on the back. There is no marking on the bed other than made in the us.
I just thought it was different. I’m sure it will work just like a stanley. I’ll clean it up and add it to the collection.
I decided to clean it up and see how it would come out. The handles were not rosewood, probably beech,
After sanding I gave them a coat of walnut stain to darken them a little. Then the typical BLO coat or three.
and the screw holding the handles where just regular tapered screws, not the Stanley type brass nuts.
Above I said the iron adjustment knob was steel. It wasn’t, it looked like brass, but didn’t come out as bright as a typical Stanley would have.
The cap was painted black. I planned to leave it unpainted but didn’t like the way it looked. For some reason the red can of paint jumped out at me, so that’s what it got.
It still came out fairly nice. It seems to work well.
-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com