Just some planes restored #15: 2 new Sargent Hand Planes (#708, #415)

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Blog entry by Don W posted 09-09-2012 01:54 PM 7946 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 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.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 02:08 PM

Wow Don! As always these look amazing, I really like the Bloodwood

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 02:27 PM

Lukie pretty much said exactly what I was thinking… Great as usual Don!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 02:51 PM

Just the way they should be

The Bloodwood has class


-- 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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#4 posted 09-09-2012 03:18 PM

Those 415 shavings are amazing, nice work there. And the restores are certainly Don Yoda quality!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 03:46 PM

Nice job Don. So when are you opening your museum to the public.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 09-09-2012 04:34 PM

Well done. Very well done. Congratulations.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#7 posted 09-09-2012 09:41 PM

Beauties !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 09-10-2012 03:25 AM

That 708 is sexy man.

-- 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 09-10-2012 06:55 PM

The bloodwood tote and knob are beautiful.

I agree with Mauricio the #708 is a fine specimen, between it and your #5206 you have really opened my eyes to the aesthetics of the Sargent planes.

Thanks Don.

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 09-17-2012 12:52 AM

You are the KING!

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

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