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Blog entry by Kerry Drake posted 05-28-2010 04:02 PM 1410 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months back a member of my extended family (on my wife’s side) decided to sell their house and move south.  In the basement of the house was a collection of old tools from a grandfather who had passed away, and I bought a whole kitten-caboodle for $100.00 (see This Post from January).

Well, hidden in that lot was a little filthy dirty block plane that I didn’t really pay much attention to.  However I recently bought a set of dremel cleaning bits and decided to clean up some of this older stuff.

After really looking at this for first time I noted some unusual things about this block plane.  It has a lateral adjuster for the blade, the blade depth wheel is oriented horizontally:

And little tiny knob up front has some kind of adjuster I have never seen on a plane before:

I disassembled the plane, blew the dust out, and took every piece of it to my drill press that has a brass wire cleaning wheel installed in it right this second (I got it at the Big Blue store for $0.70).  After about 15 minutes I had everything de-gunked and pretty much rust free.

Imagine my surprise when I got enough gunk off of the cap iron to see the engraving stating this was a vintage Stanley Sweet Heart block plane.  I’m not sure exactly what the model is, I am pretty sure it is not a #102.

I’m also pretty sure it still works.

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#1 posted 05-28-2010 04:24 PM


-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 05-28-2010 04:41 PM

enjoy they should last for years and years.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-28-2010 05:55 PM

nice. looks like a very good user plane in great condition.

FYI: the adjuster on the front know is to open/close the toe to allow for finer/heavier cuts to go through the mouth opening, for a more controlled work.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 05-28-2010 06:35 PM

niiiice score
now restore all the other goodies
so we can envy you…


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#5 posted 05-28-2010 07:30 PM

Nice job. If it’s 6” long it’s a Stanley #18 & if it’s 7” long, it’s a #19. You might want to check out this site. You can go through the planes by number & the pics are good.

Careful not to get addicted to these things. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#6 posted 05-28-2010 08:27 PM

Nice job on the restoration. That can be so satisfying



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#7 posted 05-28-2010 09:51 PM

Awsome plane! Are there any other tools you have overlooked in there?

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#8 posted 05-29-2010 01:11 AM

Great find and the same goes for the restore. Enjoy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 05-29-2010 03:18 AM

That a wonderful find. Thats almost as good as Christmas

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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