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12-17-2008 03:00 AM

Picked up a Sargent plane from eBay and received it today. The seller’s description said little rust and some light pitting. He had a 99.6% approval rating and I have never been hurt on eBay before so I bought. I wasn’t afraid of a little restoration work but you tell me is this a little pitting? I know I should have asked for a picture of the sole. I will next time.


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#1 posted 12-17-2008 03:21 AM

Couldn’t get the picture to post. I got the link in alright but am somewhat of a technotard.


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#2 posted 12-17-2008 03:44 AM

That is quite a bit more than a little rust and yes there is some pitting. But to me it looks like it can be restored.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 12-17-2008 03:50 AM

Wow! Hours and hours with wet/dry paper on a glass plate. I seldom purchase anything on ebay anymore.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 12-17-2008 04:32 AM

I suppose if you were decorating a restaurant with a rustic theme all that rust would add “atmosphere.” That looks like a candidate for the electrolysis thing I read about, here, I think.

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#5 posted 12-17-2008 05:31 AM

Yeah, that’s pretty significant. Here is a great tutorial on restoring a plane and removing rust .

Here’s the photo you were trying to post …
Plane Sole

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#6 posted 12-17-2008 05:39 AM

Should lap out fine. Just get setup in front of the TV and go to town ;)

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#7 posted 12-17-2008 07:24 PM

Large stationary belt sander for the rough smoothing and you’ll be fine. Much faster too.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#8 posted 12-17-2008 08:13 PM

I don’t trust eBay’s approval ratings all that much myself, as the ratings are based as much on the customer as the seller. This comes from my days as a bookseller, when sellers would put books in shit condition on eBay and pack them poorly when they shipped them – and still have high (99%+) approval ratings.

Not to mention that eBay historically has been hostile to negative ratings, and now that is codified into the regulations – it’s impossible to negatively rate.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#9 posted 12-17-2008 10:22 PM

Just a little time and effort and could be a good plane.


-- He said wood...

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#10 posted 12-19-2008 01:30 AM

Listen to Greg about the stationary belt sander. It will save you a lot of work. Then do the scary sharp method to get it perfect.

-- "non illegitimis carborundum"

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#11 posted 12-19-2008 02:01 AM

I’ve had great result with wet sanding 400 git wet dry paper and mineral spirits this cut the rust and grime away fast with out removing a lot of metal. Stationary belt sander will remove way to much metal the object is to restore not destroy…Blkcherry

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#12 posted 12-19-2008 05:17 AM

The guy offered my money back but hasn’t replied since I asked if that included shipping. Return shipping would make it futile to return. This may be an exercise in just how bad a plane can one restore. I am finishing a project so should be able to start playing with the plane in a couple days.


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#13 posted 12-19-2008 07:14 PM

Here is another technique on the restoration side

Honestly on the sole pitting is only a real issue just in front of the Mouth. Based on the size of this plane it is a jack, so even that is not an issue since you aren’t pulling fine shavings. I say don’t worry yourself too much over it. Stabilize the rust, lap the sole, and get to work. If it gives you any trouble add some more camber to the blade and use it like a scrub. Lots of options and like you say there is not really any point to returning it since only party that is happy is the shippers.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#14 posted 12-19-2008 07:57 PM


That’s the direction I figured to go. I have looked for the Evapo-Rust here in Alaska but have not found a dealer that carries it. It looks like it would worth a go.


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#15 posted 12-21-2008 01:10 AM

I have found that most times on ebay you have a 50/50 chance of something being in the condition described. That is definitly more than a little pitted, but with some time, it should be able to be cleaned up nicely. Good luck!

-- Steve-o

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