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Forum topic by TheTurtleCarpenter posted 09-21-2015 08:36 PM 993 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheTurtleCarpenter

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09-21-2015 08:36 PM

You don’t find them like this very often, 100 yr old and still has the milling lines on the sole. What I like the most about these 608 sizes is the way they fit your hand. They make a great little smoother and your fingers are clear of the adjustments. I’m almost tempted to put this one into service but better judgement says no.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky


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Don W

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#1 posted 09-22-2015 12:09 AM

The #708 was my first autoset. All I need is the 707 for a complete set.

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

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#2 posted 09-22-2015 12:30 AM

Hey Turtle, nice looking plane, no you don’t find them in that shape very often. I picked up an old block plane awhile back, from the 20’s, couldn’t believe it wasn’t brand new.

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#3 posted 09-22-2015 02:06 AM

Don, mine was the 714. I cant afford those No 2 size prices !!, but I sure would like to take a shaving with one.
No way I wasn’t gonna sharpen and tune it up.!

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#4 posted 09-22-2015 02:30 AM

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#5 posted 09-22-2015 02:32 AM

Those are real beautiful planes to say the least !

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#6 posted 09-22-2015 10:18 AM

My 708 was something like $7 but it didn’t have a blade. The blade then cost me $35.

I’d say still cheap enough, but when you figure in it started the whole “find the set” thing it was actually pretty expensive.

https://timetestedtools.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/the-sargent-708/

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

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#7 posted 09-22-2015 04:37 PM

“NICE SET” ,,,,,,, Don, I just ran across your post on the Handplane forum last night lookin for that plane iron. My 714 was missing the iron when I bought it also and I was lucky enough to buy it a week later with the frog and cap assembly for $35. Those are great looking totes on your 708.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#8 posted 09-22-2015 08:39 PM

I also have 2 #711. The second one I have doesn’t have a knob and tote. Because it came with the knob screw, I know its this one, so I want to try and find the originals. I know it’ll be tough.

It got the block plane like knob.

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

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#9 posted 09-22-2015 10:22 PM

Don I’ll keep an eye out. That is the first flat top knob I’ve seen on a Sargent.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#10 posted 09-23-2015 05:46 AM

I have seen the term a few times but what is a auto-set,How does it work,what does it auto set?the iron I figure,but what the depth or…

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#11 posted 09-23-2015 06:27 AM

@Daddywoofdawg. copied from Sargent-Planes.com
These planes have the superior features described below:
Thin Cutter.
These Planes have a thin cutter, but the support for the cutter is so solid below and the clamp so firm above that there is no tendency to chatter, hence it is possible to use the thin cutter (No. 14 gauge), and so get the slight advantage of the quicker grinding.
Auto-Set.
When once set, the clamp may be removed and when replaced it it will always return to its original position until reset. This feature is a great time saver. The clamp is provided with a regulating screw by the use of which the clamp is always set at just the same position after having removed it to grind the cutter. The clamp may be easily adjusted, by means of this screw, down close to the cutting edge when a fine cut is required, away from the cutting edge when a course cut is desired and may be set in as many intermediate positions as may be needed.
Rigidity.
The Frog is very rigid and the Frog and Bed at the mouth are in alignment so that the cutter has an even bearing down to the bevel of the cutter. The Plane combines solidity, compactness and simplicity. The meeting surfaces of the Frog and Bed are all machined so that the fit is absolute.
Ease Of Adjustment.
The lateral adjustment may be secured without removing the hand from the handle and the vertical adjustment obtained through a direct acting thumb screw at the back of the cutter, is positive and rapid.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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