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Forum topic by Don W posted 06-17-2014 12:45 PM 1251 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don W

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06-17-2014 12:45 PM

You guys know I don’t post my planes for sale here very often. My web site seems to generate enough traffic to sell what I can find, and I typically can’t keep up with restoration request.

But this isn’t just a “for sale” post. It’s a “holy cow, I’ve been ignoring these planes” post as well.

This is a Millers Falls made Sears. To me it looks like crap. Why would you paint a plane red? And I could get past the body red. As a matter of fact, done properly it may look good, but please, not the cap!

But this came in a bundle. You know, buy these for that much and I’ll throw in the sears kind of deal. I have thought on it for a few days, thinking I would just sit it on the shelf until some motivation to make a lamp or something struck. After all, I try real hard to only sell “usable” hand planes.

But I’ve made a few work I wasn’t sure about, so I picked this up and looked. Frog looks decent. Casting of the bed is ok. Jeez, maybe it’ll actually work.

And not only does it work, but I’ve done absolutely nothing to this except sharpen it. I know the expression, “sharp fixes everything” but come on!

So basically this is a Millers Falls plane, with a really crappy cap. I went as far as thinking about a brass cap, but thought it would clash with the red.

Now I’m not going to pretend this a top of the line plane. The cap and iron is not one of the finest I’ve ever seen, although it did take a decent edge. Its retention probably won’t rival a new Hock, but then, a new Hock is an option.

It also needs a bit more cleanup. It still has the rust that came on it, but its minor and should clean up quick.

So if your looking for a cheap plane with reasonable results. Look no further. Keep in mind, this is Ash I’m testing it on, not some nice clear cedar.

I’m asking $20 plus the USPS charge of $12.80.

Trades always welcome!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 06-17-2014 12:53 PM

And to think, I saw almost the same plane, well maybe a newer version, at a yard sale last week. They wanted just $10. Of course it was a Made in England version, with a plastic adjuster. Yep, I let it sit…

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

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 12:57 PM

And the moral of the story is never ditch a blind date just because she doesn’t look too good…. she may have hidden qualities that are worth hanging on to!

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

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#3 posted 06-17-2014 01:08 PM

Yikes, that red kinda clashes with my new shop draperies! LOL!

How much for the Type5 no.3 with the cocobolo knob?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Don W

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#4 posted 06-17-2014 01:17 PM

$125 is the “I don’t want to sell it” price. :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 01:19 PM

I kinda like that red color, it helps it to stand out a bit.

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#6 posted 06-17-2014 01:37 PM

^That’s a fair “I don’t wanna sell it price” considering the before and after photos!!!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 06-17-2014 01:46 PM

So Don, I read your description and protestations in Outlook and couldn’t resist clicking through to the photos to see what all the fuss was about.

Do you know of a good way to get diced carrots out from between the keys on my keyboard?

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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Don W

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#8 posted 06-17-2014 02:11 PM

Andy, I typically suggest keeping carrots somewhere other than the keyboard.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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Don W

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#9 posted 06-17-2014 02:17 PM

For those afraid to follow the Restoration before and after thread, thinking the restoration virus may be contagious, this is the post that Terry is referring to.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#10 posted 06-17-2014 06:52 PM

I think it looks good in red!

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#11 posted 06-17-2014 07:37 PM

Maybe the red paint was to distract one from the refined handle.

I see why Terry mentioned the #3, an amazing restoration.

Thanks Don.

-- ~Tony

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Don W

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#12 posted 06-18-2014 10:17 PM

Well, somebody make an offer!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#13 posted 06-18-2014 11:58 PM

I’ll make an offer …

You send ME five bucks and the plane and we’ll call it even! :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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