Bedrock 603 - Flawed Beauty

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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 11-25-2012 01:21 AM 1741 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2012 01:21 AM

I picked up this rusty 603 because I sensed there was not much wrong with it (apart from the obvious…. do you see it?)

This is a Type 3, which dates it between 1900 and 1908. A couple of hours work really showed this beauty to be in excellent shape for the most part. The thing that struck me most about it was the condition of the knob and tote. I’ve never seen 100+ year-old rosewood parts in such great shape, with hardly a nick on them. In fact, all I did was clean and buff them. Gosh these old planes are sexy. :-)

So now if anyone happens to have a 603 Type 3 frog lying around, please let me know. :-)

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

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#1 posted 11-25-2012 01:27 AM

it is a beauty. whats wrong with the frog? is it chipped off at the top? have you tried kissing it?

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

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#2 posted 11-25-2012 01:30 AM

You could likely use it that way. Just use hammer taps to make lateral adjustments as though it were a wooden plane. Obviously the blade isn’t as fully supported at the top as it should be, but I don’t think that would affect the performance too much.


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#3 posted 11-25-2012 01:42 AM

That’s a sweet looking plane, exempt for the obvious. Nice clean up.

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

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#4 posted 11-25-2012 02:04 AM

Oh, I thought it was pre-lateral!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 11-25-2012 03:35 AM

charlie I wish I was still in uptown and you could show me how to fix up a plane…ive got several that need some tlc and haven’t ever done one

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#6 posted 11-25-2012 04:24 AM

“I sensed there was not much wrong with it”

You pick up some clairvoyant voe-doo from the local plane-priestess down there?

Soyez prudent avec ce que mon ami.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#7 posted 11-25-2012 05:15 AM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 11-25-2012 02:28 PM

Poopie: When I first saw the listing, I was hoping there was such a thing as a pre-lateral Bedrock and that this was one of them.

Ben: Just send me your planes, bro…. I promise to send them back when they’re done. :-)

Eric: Too bad I can’t predict the winning lotto numbers.

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

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#9 posted 11-25-2012 10:08 PM

You certainly have a knack for bringing back the glory of theses old planes and this is another beauty. Well done Charlie.

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#10 posted 11-25-2012 11:44 PM

Nice plane, Charlie.

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#11 posted 11-26-2012 01:45 AM

That’s a really pretty job there, Charlie. Try E-Bay. There used to be a guy in California who must have had a garage full of parts. I’ll bet it will work just fine the way it is.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 11-26-2012 02:48 AM

Thos. Angle! There is a name from the past. Good to hear from you!

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

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