|Forum topic by harriw||posted 11-25-2015 06:15 AM||771 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
11-25-2015 06:15 AM
I started out on “team Norm,” but am finding more and more that handplanes, chisels, card scrapers, etc. are AWFULLY handy tools to have around. As such, I’m (very) slowly growing my stable of planes.
I’m looking for a Jack Plane next – a 5 or 5 1/2 would be fine I think. 2 options have presented themselves, and I’m curious what everyone thinks.
First, I found a craigslist ad for someone selling a Union #5: http://rochester.craigslist.org/tls/5284054651.html
From the pictures at least it all appears to be surface rust that should clean up nicely. I emailed and explained in detail that I was interested, but not anywhere near $40. I think I mentioned $10-$15. He wrote back and offered $25.
So this evening, before he wrote back to me I took a trip out to our local tool thrift store (fantastic local resource in Fairport, NY – look them up if you’re in the Rochester, NY area). They had a Craftsman Jack Plane on the shelf for $20 that I almost took home. This shop has someone who rehabs planes for them, and this looks like it had been gone over. All the rust was removed and it was oiled and sharpened, but would need to be adjusted still. The tote and knob looked solid, but the finish on them was completely shot – I’d expect to refinish them. The paint/finish on the chip breaker was peeling off too. I’d have no problem cleaning it up I’m sure, but it looked cheap, and a bit newer than I really wanted, as I was hoping for some “old iron.” And $20 sounded a bit too steep to me for what seemed at the time to have been a newer Craftsman plane… So I went home and did some google searching. I’m pretty sure that what they had was one made for Sears by Sargeant. It was very similar to this, but cleaner.
Here’s the Sargeant version:
So… What say you??? A Union #5 that needs the full treatment for $25? Or a Craftsman (made by Sargeant?) that’s halfway there for $20?
For what it’s worth, my current collection includes a knock-off #4 smoother that I think is also a Craftsman. I bought it for $4 at the thrift shop, and it was so rusty the adjusting knob was seized. But after cleaning up and sharpening, it’s actually quite pleasant to use.
I also have a Stanley #220 Block plane that I love, and a smaller block plane I use for shaving off dried squeeze-out on glue-ups.
Thanks a lot for your help guys!
-- Bill - Western NY