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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 12-11-2015 04:10 PM 660 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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poopiekat

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12-11-2015 04:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shelton plane

Seems like there’s a bit of renewed curiosity about Shelton planes, so here goes: This company was quite proud of its patent, which was boldly cast into both the sole and lever cap, lest anyone forget what they have.

Well there is the standard Wickipedia story about yet another start-up toolmaker that got absorbed by the Stanley monolith, so I won’t go into detail about it here.

I really am intrigued with the quite ingenious method of raising and lowering the cutter, and that prominent lateral lever is one crazy contraption! Yet, I like a plane that has a cutter lift mechanism that is linear, as opposed to the inherently flawed Stanley/Bailey method of a pivoted engagement that travels in an arc in relation to the cutter.

So here’s some pics, which will either pique your interest, or perhaps turn you off. Ya gotta own at least one of these critters!!

Here’s a #3 and #5. As an independent company, their planes are astoundingly similar.

Some number fours. I really couldn’t see any variations between one and another.

Here’s a couple of Shelton #9’s, their designation AFTER Stanley took over. These have Bailey-style lever caps and conventional wheel-adjust and lateral lever. I see lots of variation between the two, such as: one has a raised heel and toe and a thicker casting, the #9 designation cast in the very edge of the plain toe, and straddling the knob boss on the other.
It appears that these two followed whatever Stanley was doing on their own line of planes. Oddly, they have screw-type frog adjusters! Lateral levers have “Shelton” stamped into them. One had a cutter stamped “Defiance-Made in Canada” which in itself is a fact I was not aware of. Probably a replacement.

My instinct in general for Sheltons and other planes of its ilk? ANY plane with flat sides on the tote is automatically a cheapo. I never paid much for any Shelton, though I see plenty out there for $60-$80 dollars, often by sellers who can’t even figure out who the manufacturer was!

Because they are designated #9, I’d thought they were a Millers Falls mutation, but now I know. I’ll rehab a early #4 Shelton and take it for a spin.

Thanks for looking!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 12-11-2015 04:34 PM

I have a #4, and I bought it for exactly the reason you mention; curiosity. Mine is a pre-Stanley model and I paid $17 for it. It sits on a shelf on the shop and is strictly a conversation piece.

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 04:39 PM

Thanks, Fred!
You bought it right, and I assume you’re going to re-hab it someday. My Sheltons will get a make-over too, but there’s a few others ahead of them in the queue.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 12-11-2015 04:49 PM

A detailed view of the cutter and cap iron/lever cap as it were.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 12-11-2015 06:21 PM

I may re-hab it someday, maybe even make it a user. Right now I just find it an interesting take on cast iron planes. Funny thing, when I bought it, I had never heard of them…..they’re not quite as unknown as I thought.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 12-12-2015 01:30 PM

I almost bought one yesterday, but the price was just beyond my need.

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

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#6 posted 12-12-2015 02:58 PM



I almost bought one yesterday, but the price was just beyond my need.

- Don W

Yep, understood, Don!
In my plans for a future resto of one of these, I think it would be cool to polish up the brass and give it a nice maroon paint, similar to the late Stanleys, or maybe a flashy bronze color. Then give the tote a severe rasping to improve its shape, I really dislike the appearance of totes made of flat blanks and cheap rounded-off edges. Then convert the knob and tote fasteners to brass barrel nuts and get rid of the obvious pan-head screws they used. All this to make up for a well-designed but poorly manufactured plane. Worth doing!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#7 posted 12-12-2015 03:17 PM

those thin bladed no frog planes never reaslly performed well. Shelton did make some halfway decent users though, so it depends which one your going for.

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

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#8 posted 12-12-2015 03:46 PM

At one time, I did have two of the no.4 sheltons

Just never got them to work right…..sold them both on the Bay of Fees….
That isn’t a crack in it’s side, merely a scratch. Both had all of their parts

Just never liked them….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#9 posted 12-12-2015 08:02 PM

Thanks, Bandit! Good info!
So I guess the big take-away from all this is that they just aren’t looked upon favorably. When I get a “Round Tuit” I’ll re-hab one, and see if I can get it to perform. If that doesn’t go well, I can send ‘em down the road.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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