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CharlieM1958

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1120 days ago

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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patron

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#1 posted 1120 days ago

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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sedcokid

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#2 posted 1120 days ago

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

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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ClayandNancy

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#3 posted 1120 days ago

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

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 1120 days ago

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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knotscott

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#5 posted 1120 days ago

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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HorizontalMike

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#6 posted 1120 days ago

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.

Before:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&rt=nc&nma=true&item=270723900034&si=FC1ZVyvud15hyL%252F2%252FILH9wmKLTY%253D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT

After (so far):
http://www.horizontalheavens.com/sargent_422_22in.htm

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

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 1120 days ago

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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HorizontalMike

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#8 posted 1120 days ago

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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HorizontalMike

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#9 posted 1120 days ago

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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 1119 days ago

Hi Charlie;

Nice buy!

That cleaned up really well.

Here’s to another 90 years of use.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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swirt

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#11 posted 1119 days ago

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 ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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canadianchips

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#12 posted 1119 days ago

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

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

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Woodwrecker

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#13 posted 1119 days ago

2 things Charlie:

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

and

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

That things looks 100 times nicer.

Way to go.

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 1119 days ago

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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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 1119 days ago

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.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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