|Forum topic by poopiekat||posted 12-11-2015 04:10 PM||674 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
12-11-2015 04:10 PM
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.
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!
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