Replacement frog for Sergeant 424 (Stanley #8 size)

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Forum topic by bohnsai posted 04-06-2011 03:25 AM 2105 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2011 03:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley 8 sergeant sargent plane

First off, I know next to nothing abut the Sergeant planes except they are OK but no Stanley. I got one for a steel off ebay and although the frog is decent enough, I didn’t know if is possible to retro fit a Stanley frog on it. As it is right now, there is no frog travel adjustment and the lateral blade adjustment is kind of not the best. The blade travel knob is right hand threaded, just opposite of Stanley’s which I don’t think I’m going to like. Already used to the left hand thread version.

Basically I wanted a #8 to put in my collection and just couldn’t see spending up to $200 for a plane I’d rarely use. I have a really nice Stanley #7 that gets me by just fine so this plane is just to complete the collection (still looking for that #1 and #2 plane ;-)

Anyone have any suggestions on improving this massive beast of a plane?

-- You're not a real wood worker until you've been to the Emergency one year...wait a minute, this isn't right.

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#1 posted 04-06-2011 05:26 AM

I wouldn’t turn a functional plane into a Frankenstein, personally.

I sold a bedrock #8 for about $125 on ebay a couple of years back,
and I’ve seen Baileys for a lot less, so I’m surprised if average prices
today are in the $200 range.

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#2 posted 04-06-2011 06:23 AM

Loren- Yes, the no 8 Stanley Bailey planes often do reach 150 or more. I have also been trying to get one but I keep waiting for one thats in super bad shape for much cheaper. Even in poor shape they often reach 100 dollars.

I am sure you could swap the frogs as long as the bottom fitting on the replacement frog matched the old one but I also think you should leave it as it is. I would think if you tune up the frog thats in it now it would be just as good as any other.

I guess the only way to tell is to look at the bottoms of the Stanley frogs and if you find one that matches then I dont see why not

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 04-06-2011 01:37 PM

I’m thinking one of the earlier Stanley non traversing frogs would match up OK. Again my biggest gripes about the Sargent are the opposite threaded blade adjustment knob and the cheap blade traverse adjustment lever.

Loren – Like Dan said, easily well over $150 and those that I saw were not the greatest. The Sargent I got cost me about $40 so that was hard to pass up. Even with a damaged tote not bad considering what the Stanleys were going for.

-- You're not a real wood worker until you've been to the Emergency one year...wait a minute, this isn't right.

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