Just some planes restored #14: A Sargent Shaw Patent #15

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Blog entry by Don W posted 08-25-2012 11:16 PM 2466 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: My Stanley #8 Part 14 of Just some planes restored series Part 15: 2 new Sargent Hand Planes (#708, #415) »

I made some awesome scores at the Madison Bouckville antique festival this year. Maybe you’ve already seen the Stanley #1 I found, or the Sargent 307, or the Ulmia #25? Well today I cleaned up the Sargent #15. I’ve never had a Sargent #15, or any of the shaw patents before.

I’ve also started a sort of fondness for Sargent. I absolutely love their block planes. I’m not a big fan of the typical 40x series and thought the Sargent bench plane series was a bust until I snagged this little sweet heart.

The Shaw patent was put out similar to the Bedrock. It’s got a frog design that allows the frog to be adjusted without the blade being removed. If they are all like this one, they are a high quality hand plane.

The casting is heavy, the blade is thicker with a slight taper, the cap iron is heavier, and the knob and tote is nice. I don’t think its rosewood, but its something beautiful.

This is the way it came.

I’d love to determine its value, but so far I haven’t found one for sale, or thats been sold, so it’s still a mystery.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 08-25-2012 11:19 PM

I am beginning to understand why you fellas love planes – have just started using them – mine aren’t as pretty – or effective as this – these are lovely!

-- Terina C

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#2 posted 08-25-2012 11:20 PM


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#3 posted 08-25-2012 11:41 PM

I’m always amazed by what you can pull off with those old planes.

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#4 posted 08-25-2012 11:47 PM

Could it be Bubinga? Was anyone using that wood then. It is nice whatevere it is. Usually I prefer the looks of the stanley rosewood to all others. But, this one is right there.

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#5 posted 08-26-2012 12:54 AM

Nice save Don. Keep the Sargent info coming. It is getting more interesting.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 08-26-2012 07:13 AM

Oh Yes!

Looks sweet

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 08-26-2012 03:51 PM

I think the wood is goncalo. Same as this Millers Falls.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#8 posted 08-27-2012 07:01 PM

That wood is sweet, great restores as usual. Pretty cool frog adjustment.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 08-27-2012 07:47 PM

Wow, that came out beautifully Don. Have you formed an opinion on the Shaw versus the Bedrock adjustment? Do you have a clue as to its circa?

Thanks Don.

-- ~Tony

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Don W

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#10 posted 08-27-2012 08:05 PM

Manufactured from 1910 to 1918.

No real opinion yet. One either one the screws are a pain to get to. The Shaw seems to hold it squarer to the base, but thats with very little use. If I was going to use the shaw, I’d keep a right angle screw driver handy I think, but then, how often do you adjust the frog.

It seems the Sargent are worth more. I can’t even find a #15 for sale or history of sale on the internet.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#11 posted 08-28-2012 03:21 AM

You said “HOOKED” and I bet your right. Beautiful restoration Don.

-- I love Jeeps

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#12 posted 08-29-2012 04:30 PM

My Sargent Plane Identification Value Guide arrived today. According to the guide, the knob and tote is East India Mahogany.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#13 posted 03-16-2014 06:34 PM

Nice work! I picked up a No 15© last weekend, and its in SUPER shape. I use all my planes, so after looking this thing up (or trying to!) for information, value, etc, I decided to just leave it as is. Anyone found any more as to its collector interest or value? If a collector needs it, I don’t want to do anything to it. Thanks in advance…..

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#14 posted 03-16-2014 08:39 PM

former173rd, they seem to be going for $100 – $150. There was just one on ebay for $195 that didn’t sell.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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