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Forum topic by Gaffneylumber posted 09-25-2017 03:43 PM 465 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gaffneylumber

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09-25-2017 03:43 PM

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So I picked up these two handplanes at a yardsale this weekend for $10. I’ve been wanting to get into hand planes for some time now but haven’t been able to afford ebay prices. I plan on restoring these two. The #4 I learned is a type 9 from 1902-07. As you see, part of the body of the plane on the side is chipped off. Does this make this plane useless or affect the performance at all? Thanks in advance for helping a plane novice out.

-- Grayson - South Carolina


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#1 posted 09-25-2017 03:50 PM

It impacts resale value. You could find a a replacement body from a parts plane or off of ebay and use it until the part is found.

Also looking at the plane, there is around $25 worth of parts (conservative) on the plane as it sits…

The #5 is later and would restore to be a good user.

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

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#2 posted 09-25-2017 03:50 PM

see other answers.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 09-25-2017 03:54 PM

Everything you might want to know about restoring planes can be found at the link below.

http://www.timetestedtools.net/2016/01/26/bench-plane-restoration-guide-part-1/

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

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TheFridge

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#4 posted 09-25-2017 03:57 PM

I might have a 3 patent sole with a hanger hole through it. I’ll check when I get home. You’re welcome to it if I have it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 09-25-2017 04:29 PM

Thanks WayneC that is helpful info. And @TheFridge that would be awesome!

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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#6 posted 10-02-2017 01:17 PM

Ouch! That made my heart hurt a little. There is nothing worse than finding a gorgeous ol’ rusty Stanley no. 4 at a great price, only to turn it around and see a broken cheek. :/

On a smoothing plane such as this, a person could possibly get away with using it, as long as the sole could be flattened with the cap iron locked in place. Metal bench planes have more flex to them than most people think…making a break like this on a number 7 a deal breaker.

Good luck with your restorations, but beware…it’s a rabbit hole that can result in dreams about old planes in need of some love.

-- I've never been accused of withholding my opinion ;)-- Walter M. ~ Missouri

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Gaffneylumber

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#7 posted 10-06-2017 01:14 PM

Thanks Walter. I’m guessing this happened from the previous guy pinching it in a vice? I’m hoping it will be a solid user still. You are right about getting the handplane fever!

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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