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Forum topic by RobS888 posted 07-13-2015 08:48 PM 662 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RobS888

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07-13-2015 08:48 PM

Went up to Ont. for a wedding and while there my brother-in-law gave me these 2 planes. One is a Record no 4 with a corrugated sole and a Winchester block plane. I have never heard of Winchester before.

They were his fathers and have been sitting for decades.

I have some old wooden planes that I have worked on but since these were his fathers I want to try and clean them up and use them. His father was in the Devils Brigade.

Where do I begin?

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.


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#1 posted 07-13-2015 08:54 PM

From the looks of them, sharpen them up, give them a coat of paste wax and start using them. They look to be in good shape and just in need of cleaning and tuning. Any surface rust can be removed with a wire wheel or just some elbow grease and a scotch brite pad.

Winchester didn’t manufacture planes, they contracted with the big boys to make them with the Winchester name on them. The bench planes were made by Stanley, but I haven’t seen a Winchester block plane before. It looks to me like yours was probably manufactured by Sargent. DonW or one of a couple other guys will probably know at a glance.

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

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#2 posted 07-13-2015 09:08 PM

Thanks JayT.

Wire brushing is definitely in my skill set.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#3 posted 07-13-2015 09:19 PM

The blade is very thin, it says Victory made in USA. I’m guessing it is an aftermarket blade. Shows .072” on my callipers.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#4 posted 07-13-2015 09:25 PM

JayT is correct. That’s a Sargent 306 or 307 depending if it 6” or 7”.

Winchester plane’s are somewhat collectable, but that will be a decent user as well. I like the mouth adjuster on the Sargent made better than the Stanley, but it doesn’t make a huge difference in use.

It doesn’t look like it will take much to get them back in shape at all.

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rwe2156

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#5 posted 07-13-2015 09:27 PM

I recommend before you try to use the plane, check the sole for flatness, paying particular attention the mouth area.
This is crucial to proper plane performance. To do this, make sure the blade is installed (and retracted) and tensioned down, then a few strokes on 80 grit paper over a dead flat surface will tell you where the low spots are.

Also, make sure you’ve got the back of the blade flat before you sharpen and off you go!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#6 posted 07-13-2015 09:37 PM

After blowing off the dust on the block plane I can see 3085 cast in the area under the adjuster wheel. It measures 6.5 inches.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#7 posted 07-13-2015 09:49 PM

That’s a Sargent 306 in Sargent speek. Winchester had its own numbers. I’ve never headed down that roads.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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