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sqw

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07-01-2015 02:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plane question

I was given a #4 hand plane a few years back and have started looking at restoring it. I’m not sure who made it so I’m not sure of the quality when it was made. It’s pretty beat up in its current state. This is the logo on the lever cap — anyone know which company made this plane?


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#1 posted 07-01-2015 02:40 PM

Can you post a pic of the whole plane? For the major manufacturers, the shapes and construction of different parts can be good clues.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#2 posted 07-01-2015 02:46 PM

Looks like an E and a C in the pic. Could it be a Primus?

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#3 posted 07-01-2015 03:09 PM

I have a try square with that logo. It says “Made in Japan” but no other information. I read it as ETC or TEC. Think it is 20 years old. Remeber it as being fairly cheap bt it has held up well and i use it a lot.

Should be worth restoring. Good luck!

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#4 posted 07-01-2015 03:12 PM


Can you post a pic of the whole plane? For the major manufacturers, the shapes and construction of different parts can be good clues.

- JayT

Here are two images of it disassembled. If that’s no help I can put it back together and post another photo.



Looks like an E and a C in the pic. Could it be a Primus?

- chrisstef


It looks like either E and C or E, T, C.

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#5 posted 07-01-2015 03:34 PM

The base, frog and knob shape all have characteristics of a type 19 Stanley plane. The twisted lateral adjuster and steel depth adjuster, however, don’t really fit into that. I’d still guess that it was manufactured by Stanley in the 1950’s for a private label, but don’t recognize the logo. The construction shows characteristics of a pretty well made plane. Should be a good user.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#6 posted 07-01-2015 04:30 PM

Interesting. Hopefully it scrubs up well. Here are three photos of it reassembled.

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#7 posted 07-01-2015 08:22 PM

Whoo – that blade and chip breaker are going to need some work. Do you know what you will use to de-rust? I’ve had good luck with citric acid, followed by some scrubbing and sanding.

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#8 posted 07-02-2015 06:31 PM

it looks an awful lot like a 70’s style Stanley.

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#9 posted 07-09-2015 12:55 PM



Whoo – that blade and chip breaker are going to need some work. Do you know what you will use to de-rust? I ve had good luck with citric acid, followed by some scrubbing and sanding.

Yeah the plane is going to need a lot of work. I think I will give Evapo-rust a go and a Scotchbrite pad in the first instance and see how far that gets me.

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#10 posted 07-09-2015 01:05 PM



it looks an awful lot like a 70 s style Stanley.

https://timetestedtools.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/quickly-identify-your-hand-plane/


Thanks for the link. I think that’s the closest I’ve come. Looks very similar to the Union plane.

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#11 posted 07-09-2015 01:24 PM

I’ve found a similar plane here with the Sargent style lateral adjuster, not the Union style http://www.trademe.co.nz/building-renovation/tools/hand-tools/planes/auction-913104224.htm

It could be that ETC/TEC are knocking off Sargent and Union planes or the previous owner changed the lateral adjuster.

I guess it doesn’t matter. Will try and restore it and report back.

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#12 posted 07-09-2015 03:44 PM

Eclipse Tool Company???

I have a #5 that I eventually determined was made by Stanley for Montgomery Ward and marketed under the name Eclipse. The iron in mine is stamped Eclipse but I’ve never seen that logo. Is the iron tapered? I know some seek out the Eclipse planes because they like the tapered irons that identifies them. If the iron’s tapered you may follow the Eclipse trail.

There was also a Canadian department store that Seargant made planes for that were branded for the store. The stores were “Eatons” or “T. Eaton Company”. I know most of those planes were branded “Tecomaster” and had that name stamped on the lever iron. But maybe at some point T.E.C. was the branding???

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