I post this yesterday on my blog but didn’t get a chance to post it here, so I’ll add the 2 new Sargent planes together.
The #708 is posted here.
I bought this plane because it came with some others that I made a deal on. It didn’t have a iron and it sat for a while. After doing some research I found out these go for a quit a bit of money, so I figured I find a blade and get it working. The #708 is a #3 size smoother.
After looking around a bit and emailing a few people, Bob Kaune over at http://www.antique-used-tools.com emailed and said he had a blade, so I bought it.
The plane needed repainting so I sandblasted it and stripped it. Painted it with Dupli-Color Engine Enamel DUPDE1635 Ford Semi Gloss Black spray paint as I suggest in my restoration blog.
The Sargent 708 has a feature I haven’t had on any bench plane before. The front piece acts as the cap iron and its adjustable, so you can fine tune it for a very thin shaving, without taking anything apart.
This plane works amazingly well. This piece you see it sitting on is a piece od ash I use for testing. This is the first plane that totally eliminates tear on this stuff, including the Ulmia 25.
Note all the pictures(more on the blog). I just kept stopping what I was doing (restoring a Sargent 415) to take a few shavings. It was wonderful.
Next is the Sargent #415. The Sargent# 415 is like the Stanley# 5 1/2 size. This one I have before pictures of.
Note the condition of the knob and tote. They obviously needed replacement, and I wanted something other than rosewood. I decided on bloodwood. A lot of Sargent’s came with Mahogany, but I didn’t have any available. I thought this was a suitable replacement. And Of course I never make one at a time.
The japanning was shot as well, so it needed to be stripped and repainted. As with the #708 and all my repainting, I used Dupli-Color Engine Enamel DUPDE1635 Ford Semi Gloss Black spray paint
I put a modest camber on the blade, so no full width shavings, but a nice jack style plane for my collection.
And the two together
Thanks for looking and may all your irons stay sharp and your shaving stay crisp.
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