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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 06-24-2012 03:11 PM 1276 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2012 03:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question plane refurbishing sharpening

Two from a yard sale, one from a auction. The Auction Plane is just a Stanley #120. It needed a new cap, so I went back and got one. Might need a new iron as well. Clean him up, paint him nice and shiny, and back to work.

Plane #2: Same size as the Stanley #120, but a few things were quite different on this plane. For one thing, one strange looking iron:

Might be made by Sargent? Ever see a block plane iron with a cambered edge? There is a stamp on the iron as well. A large diamond shaped one. So, the iron says Diamond Edge. The cap was another matter, took a while to get it loose…

Needed a 5/32” allen wrench to get it loose. Under this cap…

Look Ma, no wheel! How would you adjust this then? It does have something the Stanley 120 doesn’t..

A bolted on knob! needs a bit of re-finish. So, a Scrub plane, in a Block plane size, with no adjustor wheel.

Third plane: Also a mystery plane. No makers marks, other than a “5” under the cap. The knob on this one is a fancy one, though..

Almost like it’s bigger relatives? It does have a wheel to tighten things down with, though

Just a might smaller than most. The iron is only 1-1/2” wide, the base is just under 6-1/2” long. The edge is different as well..

Not a camber, this time. A “toothing” blade? No marks have been found on this iron, as to who made it.

As for that 120”s iron, it IS marked for a Stanley. Instead of the clipped box, or the diamond shaped, or even the sweetheart shaped logo, this one has the STANLEY RULE & LEVEL Co. stamped around the rounded end of the iron. Across the bottom of this “arch” logo is MADE IN USA ( I think, still trying to bring it back out), so IF someone knows what it should look like, let me know. Three little planes…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 06-24-2012 04:09 PM

Good stuff Bandito.

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#2 posted 06-24-2012 05:02 PM

The first plane you have pictured looks a lot like my Sargent 107

Just a guess, but they might have cambered the iron to use it as a small smoother. It’s probably got about the same footprint as a stanley #2.

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#3 posted 06-24-2012 07:04 PM

The two from the yard sale seem to work just fine. The Sargent clone worked without even a trip over the stones

As for “Shorty”, a few swipes on some flat sandpaper and away he went…

As for that Stanley #120? Going to take a lot of sharpening to get it as good as these two..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 06-24-2012 09:52 PM

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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