My 1927 Sargent #714

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Project by Dadoo posted 02-08-2008 08:36 PM 5448 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Stepson found this while cleaning out an old barn that was being used as a dumpster by the owners! Anyhow, the owner said to keep it. It was in bad shape. Covered in rust and you couldn’t tell if the handles were wood for all the dirt and grease. So I brought it to the lab and began the restorative process. Now, I’m not going far in restoring this just yet, because it is a “working tool” in my shop. When the day comes that I want to display it, then it will be totally restored. But I really like the way it turned out and how nice the handles glow! They are finished with Formby’s High gloss Tung Oil. (There’s a varnish mixed in). The blade was rusted to the frog, which had rusted to the base. Had to soak it in warmed oil for a couple days until it broke free. Some wire brushing and oil sanding greatly helped the sole. I left the Jappanning alone on the advice of some of our jocks here. The blade definately needs replaced. The edge was gone of course and is not square with the blade. As a matter of fact, it was like 10 degrees off meaning the previous owner had probably clamped it in the bench vise and sharpened it with a file, with emphasis from his strong right arm! Anyhow, I brought it to a 90 degree square and honed it for an hour or so. After a little tweaking, it’s cutting beautifully. Yes, those shavings are paper thin. I think I’ll replace the blade with one from Hock if I can find a match. Then look into buying one of those blade sharpening systems we see around here! Oh! I Googled “Sargent 714” and have found many dealers wanting to sell this same model for $200.00 or more! So I guess we have a keeper here huh?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#1 posted 02-08-2008 08:40 PM

Hey. Any of you know what kind of wood they used for the handles? I’m thinking rosewood.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#2 posted 02-08-2008 08:56 PM

Its a really nice looking plane, I would love to have it on my shelf. Now, i can’t be sure but if I had to guess I would say it is a rosewood. Also I would like to add that I enjoy taking a broken down rusty plane and bringing it back into working shape. I keep being told to be careful with what planes I choose to restore. I found a stanley No 2 that needs help badly but I’m afraid to touch it. Anyway yours looks great!

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#3 posted 02-08-2008 09:08 PM

Oh man, that is one nice looking plane! Great find!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 02-08-2008 09:18 PM

Beautiful! I’d say the handles have got to be rosewood.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-08-2008 09:21 PM

Lookin’ good, Dadoo. Rosewood

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 02-08-2008 09:43 PM

Looks nice Dadoo….... and since it’s working, that makes it even better. It’s amazing how many tools get tossed like that. I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but I can’t throw away anything, especially when it comes to a tool. It has to be badly busted up before I’ll pitch it.

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#7 posted 02-08-2008 09:58 PM

Great user Dadoo. Nice find by your stepson. Did you give him the $200.00

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 02-08-2008 10:29 PM

Great find Dadoo. And a beautiful restoration. I am sure that Tomcat will have something to say about this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 02-08-2008 10:43 PM

Wow nice find and you sound like a very happy new owner…as far as a sharping system check out the MKll made by Veritas it takes a little trial and error but when you master it the results are amazing and a floor full of shaving…Enjoy Blkcherry

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#10 posted 02-08-2008 10:47 PM

Looks Fantoodadoodly Fine! I need a better stepson.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 02-08-2008 10:47 PM

Looks magnificent. Could you blog a llittle on the “auto-set” part of your jack plane?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 02-08-2008 11:02 PM

It looks great. It shows that you put a lot of work into it. It would be nice to have a “before” picture to contrast with.

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#13 posted 02-08-2008 11:12 PM

Man, ones man trash…. Great job DADOO it’s looking real good, those handles look great. Nothing like restroing an old treasure. Nice work.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#14 posted 02-08-2008 11:24 PM

As noted above, the handles are Rosewood and can be found if some day you find an other one that needs handles at If you go thru the listings you will find the handles for planes. I started to restore my Dad’s old plane but the rear handle broke (By Me) but it still awaits to be finished. A few days ago I had to clean off some Florida Humidity. I will finish it soon after seeing your great job, and it will feel great putting my hand in there again. Great Job.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#15 posted 02-09-2008 12:08 AM

Scott knows me to well. Nice find, and at the perfect price, to say nothing of a great restoration for a working tool! Very nice!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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