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Forum topic by jacob34 posted 01-11-2013 07:02 PM 801 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2013 07:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plane nor craft shelton

I have recently purchased two planes, well more than two but the others are Stanley and do not apply to this question. Has anyone got a website or info on Nor Craft or Shelton hand planes? I found some info that Shelton’s were built from 1924-1950 but one site says poor quality and another good. And I can’t find anything on Nor Craft.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log


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#1 posted 01-11-2013 08:37 PM

nor craft may be a “house brand” made by one of the larger makers. As for Shelton..

I have a block plane of their’s. Haven’t seen any of the other Shelton offerings to tell whether or not they are any good.

ps: Could use a photo, or three…

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#2 posted 01-11-2013 08:51 PM

I’ve restored a few Sheltons Jacob. I wouldn’t pay a lot of money for one, but they were decent planes typically. I had a #5 that I broke (dropped it 8’ to concrete) but it worked fairly well and I’ve restored and sold a few, and you know I won’t sell ‘em if they don’t work.

Here is some history http://www.wkfinetools.com/hUS-joinerTools/0-planes/Shelton/history/Shelton-history-1.asp

The nor kraft I’ve heard of but don’t know. I think they were along the harbor freight line of things.

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#3 posted 01-11-2013 09:22 PM

why thank you Don, bandit here you go

the shelton is in bad shape

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#4 posted 01-11-2013 09:38 PM

I have seen a lot worse ones come through my shop….

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#5 posted 01-12-2013 02:46 AM

no the real problems are the rust on the shelton which allows me to try electro thing you know with the battery charger and all. the other just needs cleaning up and tuning, a lot of rust tho

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#6 posted 01-12-2013 02:56 AM

Like I said:

As found for $5….

and a front view, of the “before’..

and the after photos…

and even when it was working on a plank

They will clean up nicely. This one was a Union #4G with a grooved bottom.

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#7 posted 01-12-2013 02:57 AM

yeah mine wasn’t that bad, nice job though

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#8 posted 01-12-2013 05:07 AM

like DonW, I also have a Blog on how I do re-habs. Unlike others, I don’t use chemicals to clean them with. Other than a paint stripper on some of the tote, and knobs….. Before and after of a painted tote..

Spray on Klean Stripper Premium. Stuff will burn ANY exposed skin, so be careful….

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