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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 03-30-2011 03:14 PM 1339 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2011 03:14 PM

I ran across this #7 Type 13 (1925-28) on eBay, and the bid was only $29. It looked pretty bad, but the price was right. So with a couple of days left in the auction, I just entered a maximum bid of $35 and forgot about it. Whaddya know? A couple days later I get an email that it’s mine for 35 bucks!

It arrived pretty rough looking, as expected, but all the moving parts seemed to work. Aside from quite a bit of pitting on top of the body, the worst problems were a small chip on the corner of the cap iron which does not seem to impact functionality, and a decent size chip on top of the tote, which prompted me to sand and reshape it slightly.

It’s not going to win any beauty contests, but it’s a heck of a user for the price.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 03-30-2011 03:23 PM

nice score charlie

i got one just like it
the tote is broken in half
haven’t got around to fixing it

may never
as i don’t have any need for the plane itself
my block plane is all i use

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-30-2011 03:25 PM

Looks like a Great buy! Your redo makes it look like new.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 03:36 PM

Nice job on the refurb. I bought one almost new for a whole lot more than that, nice find

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 03:44 PM

U did good Chuck, both on the find and on the restore, great tool you got there.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 04:06 PM

That cleaned up nicely….great score!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 03-30-2011 04:07 PM

Dang Charlie! You’ve been readin’ my mind again! I also just picked up a #7 (actually Sargent 422) and it arrived yesterday! Spent a couple hours cleaning it with WD-40 and wire brushing some of the parts and soul. Still much to do but much fun doing it! Looks like mine is turning out to be a Type 2 and dates to 1907-09. I paid a bit more than you on fleaBay, got it for $50. Not sure if I am going to re-japan or not as it seems to be 85=90% as is and being a Type 2 and all… We’ll see.


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#7 posted 03-30-2011 04:18 PM

That’s looking good, Mike.

As you look at the details, there sure isn’t a whole lot of difference between the two brands.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 03-30-2011 04:39 PM

Man, I really like the looks of fresh black japanning on a restoration! And when you think of all those ‘57 Chevy restorations out there, they re-painted them! Why would anyone do anything less to a tool!?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#9 posted 03-30-2011 05:04 PM

Hey Charlie, how about updating your personal web page with your plane restoration images (this one and previous ones as well). It would be nice to see FULL size images, and since Martin has not communicated any decision about re-allowing handplane restorations on the PROJECTS page we will have to compensate until we hear something.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 03-30-2011 05:27 PM

Hi Charlie;

Nice buy!

That cleaned up really well.

Here’s to another 90 years of use.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 03-30-2011 05:49 PM

That came out great Charlie, and you got a good deal. Many run away from ugly/grungy tools on eBay, and that is alright by me ;)

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#12 posted 03-30-2011 06:05 PM

Good buy and nice cleanup . Another old plane has found a good home !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#13 posted 03-30-2011 06:45 PM

2 things Charlie:

1) You have been scoring mightily lately on E-Bay.


2) You are turning in to the Yoda of plane restorers.

That things looks 100 times nicer.

Way to go.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#14 posted 03-30-2011 07:09 PM

Eric: I’ve had a long dry spell finding decent deals on eBay. I guess the law of averages is finally catching up. I wasn’t looking to spend a lot of money, so when I bid $35 with 2 days to go, it was really just a wing-and-a-prayer. I never expected to actually wind up with it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 03-30-2011 07:53 PM

Charlie, I have a couple of those but I had to pay more than that. You got a good deal and it looks real pretty now. Good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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