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04-17-2014 01:13 PM

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Good Morning fellow LJ’s, I need some help with my first hand plane experience. I picked up the following plane from my grandfather’s shop this past weekend. I would like to get it back up and running if yall think that it is in good enough shape. I have absolutely no clue to what kind of plane this is, except it says Miller Falls on the front of it. As you can see in the pictures, the handle is cracked and probably needs to be replaced. Take a look and tell me what yall think. Thanks for looking.

And I also picked up the saws that you see in the pics. One is a Diston and the other says Superior Warranted.

-- Matt, Mississippi

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#1 posted 04-17-2014 01:27 PM

I believe that particular plane is the equivalent of a Stanley no. 4. I have a Millers Falls equivalent of the Stanley No. 5. I bought it at a garage sale and its condition wasn’t much better than yours. I cleaned it up, sharpened it, and tuned it and now it is a workhorse in my shop. I personally think any complete plane is worth at least some effort to restore. Sometimes you don’t know what you have until you clean it up a bit. A lot of people would rather have something new and shiny, but I take a bit of pride in bringing the old ones back to life. Good Luck.

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#2 posted 04-17-2014 03:53 PM

Thanks MrSmith, do you think it would be a good idea to put a new handle on or leave the cracked on one?

-- Matt, Mississippi

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#3 posted 04-17-2014 04:07 PM

The handle/tote looks salvageable to me. Id take it apart, clean any gunk out of the crack and epoxy it back together. It looks like it can be brought back but shes crusty for sure. It’ll take a bit of elbow grease but it will pale in comparison to being able to use one of your grandfathers old tools.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 04-17-2014 04:08 PM

Check out DonW's website on the restoring process, he has pretty much everything you need to know on getting that MF up and running. Those make pretty good users. I’d leave the tote alone, if you start using and it does break off, just epoxy it back together, I repaired one and Don suggested to drill a few tiny holes inside the broken area to allow epoxy to fill in there and give it some extra strength, just make sure no epoxy gets into the cylinder where the screw goes through the tote.

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#5 posted 04-17-2014 04:08 PM

MBD – you have what looks to be a Type 2 or 3 No 9 millers falls bench plane, a Stanley No. 4 equivalent. Hard to tell if the adjustment knob is steel or brass, Type 2 was brass, Type 3 steel. It was likely made between 1936-49. A lot of this information is available at Old Tool Heaven where you can find a wealth of Millers Falls related information. The plane should clean up very nicely, if you desire to do so, and the tote should be pretty easy to repair with some cleaning and your choice of glue or epoxy (epoxy is my preferred repair method).
I’d also suggest you check out the Restoration thread, started by a resident expert DonW. You’ll find lots of helpful information and people over there as well as DonW’s profile link, where he also keeps a wealth of information in his blog.

EDIT: I’d add that the fellas above me, crisstef and 7’, as well as myself have all put Don’s help to use. He and all the rest of us are happy to help you with questions.

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#6 posted 04-17-2014 04:19 PM

Thanks for the responses, I will try to and update yall as I go. This will be a fun restoration I’m sure.

-- Matt, Mississippi

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