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Forum topic by Grasshopper000 posted 07-14-2014 05:12 PM 1093 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-14-2014 05:12 PM

Hey, I have a very nice Craftsman 3728 combination plane (made by Sargent I believe) and I took off the knickers (nickers?) – not mine, but the little ones that cut across the grain before you cut a dado, etc., and the little tiny screw (see knicker and screw in pic)

that holds it in place is not gone forever – complete rookie mistake misplacing my hardware and likely swept up in shavings and thrown away. It’s killing me that now every piece is not original. Not looking to sell now but way to go on decreasing the value of the plane, right? That said, any ideas on replacement screws? I went to Lowe’s and they had nothing that even resembled this screw. Anyone know how I can get a replacement or does anyone have anything that will work or that they would sell? Help me diminish my current self-loathing over losing this piece! Any ideas are appreciated.


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#1 posted 07-14-2014 05:20 PM

Check out nhplaneparts.com Eric has a “store” on ebay of nothing but parts for planes.

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 05:22 PM

Thanks, Bandit

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 05:26 PM

Can you get a big Magnet and go over the shavings?

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#4 posted 07-14-2014 05:29 PM

Too late unfortunately, even without a magnet I would have gone through trash but that garbage bag has already gone out never to return. I’m not above going through the garbage to find it, just don’t have the bag anymore. Wish I did.

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#5 posted 07-14-2014 06:07 PM

Rarely do craftsman planes have collector value, so not having that part be original isn’t really going to take away from it’s value. besides replacing just that part, which might be expensive, your other option is to buy a new plane that is in bad shape, missing parts, or is otherwise just really cheap. Then you can take the part you need and resell the rest for break even, more if you get lucky, or close to it at least.

Stanley’s screw threads for these were pretty non standard. If yours is stanley made, you could use a Stanley replacement part. If it’s made by someone else you may have better luck replacing it with a more standard replacement screw if you can find out what the thread pitch is.

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#6 posted 07-14-2014 06:15 PM

Thanks, Tim. I’ll have to see if I can find that out. I believe it’s a Sargent-made plane. And thanks for the bit about value. I think I overpaid when I bought it but not looking to get rid of it any time soon so I’ll let my stress go about that. Yes, very non standard as far as I can tell.

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 12:00 AM

Oh right, you did say you thought it was made by Sargent. I don’t know much about their threads, but if no one with the info stops by here, you can post details of your plane and the missing part in the Handplane of your dreams thread, people might be able to help identify the threads for you. A picture of the plane would probably help.

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#8 posted 07-15-2014 12:27 AM

that looks like a Sargent nicker for sure. If your patient you will find one. Look out for a nasty old #79 with the nicker intact.

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#9 posted 07-15-2014 02:45 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, Don, I have a bid in now on an old #79, great call on the nicker on some of the 79s, looks the same.

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#10 posted 07-15-2014 03:38 PM

if you get 2, I need one to :-)

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#11 posted 07-15-2014 03:40 PM

LOL, i hear ya. Nice knowledge about the planes with the same nickers. Have to be careful, some have the spur like the Stanley 45s (guess these were the ones made by Stanley) and some had the Sargent style round, so need to check the pics closely. We’ll see if I get the bid accepted.

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#12 posted 07-15-2014 06:23 PM

to the best of my knowledge, none of the #79s were ever made by Stanley. Stanley did however make some of the 108x. And with Craftsman you never know. Some where made by everybody :-)

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#13 posted 07-15-2014 07:03 PM

Yeah i could certainly be wrong about that. Just don’t want to get a parts plane with a different nicker because for $20 it might not fit. Got a usable Sargent 79 with identical nicker for $18 plus shipping on ebay. Thanks for advice guys.

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#14 posted 07-15-2014 07:36 PM

yea bet, now you got a Sargent 79 that needs a nicker. Its cycle that never ends!!!

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#15 posted 07-15-2014 07:47 PM

I’ll start working on that soon…

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