|Project by Randall Sly||posted 05-05-2013 08:21 PM||1780 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
Decided to clean up an old plane of my Great Grandfathers this weekend.
The lever cap logo suggests it’s vintage 1942 – 1950 (which is the right time frame for my family history)
The cleanup was simply a vinegar bath/soak followed by a very light brushing with a soft brass hand brush and a light oiled rubbing. The handles cleansed with spirits and a quick spray clear coat. I gave the sole a couple passes on some 320 grit paper and it’s very true. The blade is sharp enough for display so I left it alone.
Picture 1 & 2 – After clean up
Picture 3 – Before clean up
Picture 4 – The Bath
Picture 5 – The frog # that doesn’t match the length
Picture 6 – The Blades says # 40 with a logo that dates it 1919 – 1942
Technically this should be a Jack Plane measuring in at 14” and compared to some old Sargent literature.
A # 409 plane is much smaller, and the stamping on the cutter dates back much older.
Is this a FrankenPlane?
1 of 2 things cross my mind here, and that is none of the research on-line is totally accurate, and knowing how mass production works it’s quite possible 2 planes could share the same parts.
Frankenplane or not, I’m not much of a plane user and I enjoyed cleaning up one of the few tools we have from my Great Grandfather.
-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.