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oluf

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1642 days ago

I have some questions about planes. I have quite a few planes that were my fathers. My father was a woodworking craftsman, but it has been nearly eighty years since he worked daily with his tools. The last twenty five years of his life he supervised production in a large custom millwork and commercial furnishings business. I have been a machine oriented woodworker, so these planes have been resting for a long time. For those of you with a strong interest in hand tools I am listing the planes that I have in my shop. I am looking forward to putting these fine tools to work on my future projects. I know some of these planes are somewhat out of the ordinary, but for the craftsmen of my fathers day they raised the level of quality that could be achieved.

Stanley planes Numbers; 5, 40, 45, 71, 78, 80, 98, 99, 203
Millers Falls Number16
EOSIMMONS Keen Kutter K200 Convex/Concave flex sole plane
SARGENT VBM 722 This is a 22” long plane

Question #1 Does any one have any information on the company that manufactured the SARGENT plane?

Question #2 Could someone post a picture of a STANLEY 203 plane? Mine is broken and has been from before my time. I would like to see what is missing from it. It still works fine.

Thanks for reading and thanks for any help.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.


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Bovine

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#1 posted 1642 days ago

Hi Oluf -

I can’t help you with Question #1 other than I searched for that plane and it appears that it is a collector’s item. I found a couple people selling them for around $500.

I was able to find several pictures of the Stanley 203 block plane. This page several pictures towards the bottom.

This page has one picture but it describes the plane pretty good.

Anyone interested in doing some research on Stanley planes should start on this site. The volume of information is really impressive.

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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lou

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#2 posted 1642 days ago

Hi Oluf.If you go to www.supertool.com ,you can find out all about Stanley planes.

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hairy

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#3 posted 1642 days ago

Take a look at this:

http://roseantiquetools.com/id141.html

Lots of good info here. This will be the history of Sargent tools.

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#4 posted 1642 days ago

You did not ask, but Millers falls info can be found here

http://oldtoolheaven.com/blok/blok01.htm

From the list above your pretty well covered. I would suggest adding a #4 or 4 1/2 smoothing plane and a shoulder plane.

Your father chose well. All are quality tools.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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oluf

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#5 posted 1642 days ago

Thank you all for your responses. you gave me everything I was looking for. I had misread the number on my rabbit plane. It is a Stanley 90 not an 80.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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