Anyone familiar with a Sargent No. 38 skew rabbet plane?

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02-09-2016 12:57 AM

I took a chance and bought this plane on Ebay today. It looks a bit like a Stanley 289 with the skewed iron. I’m guessing here but I think those are nickers screwed to the sides (both sides) It might also be for a non-included depth stop. I’ll still need to cobble a fence together but with some imagination that’s probably doable.

From the pictures it looks like it will need an electrolysis bath, stripping and fresh paint. Still, all of the body parts seem present. Thick iron on that bad boy.

The internet has nothing on these. Google it and you get a picture of this one. If anyone has some experience with the plane, I’d love to hear your story. Thanks, Skip

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 01:59 AM

Vertical groove looks like it’s for a depth stop. Can you give us more close up pictures of the area near where the nickers would be and on both sides? Interesting plane, sure does look a lot like the 289.

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 02:15 AM

He hasn’t received it, yet. Here’s the ebay listing with more pics –

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#3 posted 02-09-2016 02:32 AM

Sargent No. 38 Dado & Rabbet Plane

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Sargent No 38 Dado & Rabbet Rebate Plane
Sargent No. 38 Dado & Rabbet Plane as illustrated in the Sargent catalog of 1911.

Sargent V.B.M. Adjustable Iron Planes.

All Tools bearing the V.B.M. stamp are the Very Best Made and can be depended on as being made from the Very Best Tool Steel. They have justly obtained an enviable reputation for excellence of material, temper and workmanship.They are fully guaranteed, and all dealers are authorized to take back or exchange if found defective in any particular.

Dado & Rabbet Planes.

With Depth Gauge and Two Spurs.

Japanned Finish.

These Planes are used for cutting grooves away from the edge of a surface. As the Cutter is at an angle, the Plane in use gets a shearing cut; spurs directly in front of the Cutter serve to cut across the grain of the wood and insures a clean cut for that reason. The depth gauge is regulated by the forward thumb screw.

One in a box. Full cases contain 24 Planes.

No. 38, Japanned Finish, 8 Inches, 1 Inch Cutter . . . . each, $2 50

Note: The above information has been reproduced from an original catalog listing.


Plane Type: Dado & Rabbet Plane
Features: Adjustable, with depth gauge and two spurs
Manufactured: From 1910 to 1943
Length: 8 inches
Cutter Width: 1 inch
Construction: Cast Iron
Finish: Japanned
Uses: General purpose dado & rabbet work

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 02:34 AM

You’ll find your plane here, sowry forgot to post this in last post. Have fun, make some dust.

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 02:40 AM

Hi Tim,

Heavily edited based on new information from fellow Lumberjocks …

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#6 posted 02-09-2016 02:54 AM

Thanks Clarkie, The nicker is different but the picture really explains the depth-stop. Finding one will be another story. Should be a fun project just the same. sh

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