Old Sargent block plane...what do I do with it next?

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Forum topic by Cory posted 10-07-2010 08:34 PM 2356 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2010 08:34 PM

I was going through my Great Aunt’s chicken coop the other day, just curious to see what was in there. It had been about 10 years since I was at her property and I was just killing some time. I noticed a wooden box full of old tools so I started rummaging around to see what was there. As I pulled out this old block plane my Aunt said it was her father’s (my great grandfather). She took a bunch of his old tools and just kept them.

As you can see in the first pic, it was in terrible shape. I spent a little bit of time cleaning it just to see what was underneath all that rust. It’s a Sargent 207 block plane. I think this is from about 1900. My question is what to do with it next. Since it was my great grandfather’s, I have no intention of selling it. I’d really just like to clean it up a little more and have it sit on a shelf as a family momento. As you can see in the pictures, the pitting is significant and the paint is all gone. What’s my next move? Thanks in advance for the help.

Before an overnight bath in Evaporust

After a good scrubbing

One more tidbit: The pine board the plane is sitting on is allegedly over 100 years old. My Aunt said that it and a huge pile of poplar all came from the barn where her Dad would store lumber. I’m going to bring home a few of the poplar boards (smallest is about 1 1/2” thick, 14” wide and 12’ long) to see what they’re like under all the dust.

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#1 posted 10-07-2010 08:50 PM

I think you can bring it back to be a userplane and that wooood honour the old man more I think
take the plane apart in all the pieces you can give that frontknop some BLO just let it rest in it a cupple of hours
and bring that sole up to workingstandard by labing it so it is flat , labing the back of the iron
and give it a new bewel and sharpen the iron
that just to start with
but take a picture when the things lying side by side then people can tell more what to do

congrat´s with your tools
take care

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#2 posted 10-07-2010 09:41 PM

Cory, Good score on the antique plane….Good thing your Aunt didn’t toss it… Looks much better after soaking…...By the way, where do you get Evaporust? Paint store, hardware, etc.? Never used it before…

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#3 posted 10-07-2010 09:45 PM

Thanks, Rick. I got the Evaporust at Harbor Freight. The smaller size, which is what I used on the plane, was about $7 I think. It did most of the work for me. I just had to do a light scrubbing to get off the remnants.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#4 posted 10-07-2010 09:57 PM

Hi Cory,
great find.
I’ve several old tools that don’t work but have been passed down. I’m 4th generation Joiner.
Some cant be used, I just love having them knowing they were worn away to make a living that resulted in myself Sons & Grandson being here today.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 10-07-2010 10:05 PM

Sharpen it and put it to work. :) Nice cleaning job.

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#6 posted 10-07-2010 10:41 PM

You have convinced me to pick up some Evaporust! I have cleaned up/restored a couple rusted hand planes now and did them all by hand with WD40 and Sandpaper/wire brushes…. It looks like the Evaporust dose a good job.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#7 posted 10-08-2010 05:18 AM

A mix of turpentine and BLO will likely rejuvenate that knob.

-- Galootish log blog,

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