Craftsman 3742 (Stanley #4 style) Hand Plane

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Forum topic by youngd24 posted 02-22-2015 03:53 AM 1768 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2015 03:53 AM

I have an early 60’s era Craftsman 3742 hand plane for sale, it’s virtually the same as a Stanley #4 of the day. In fact, I would bet Stanley made this for Sears. It includes the original box and user manual. The box says the handle and tote are made out of plastic, they feel like bakelite to me. Odd part is the sole is flat and the sides are corrugated, no idea what prompted that from Sears. There’s a very light gold(ish) tint on the body, I’m not sure if it’s some type of japanning/finish or if it’s just patina.

It’s in nearly new condition, no rust, pitting, cracks or even dings on it. I cleaned it up a bit but concentrated on tuning. I cleaned up all of the mating surfaces on the frog & body to help reduce chatter and flattened the sole. The frog mates well to the body and iron now. There’s one stubborn spot on the sole that a bit of time on sandpaper could work out. The iron had some nasty nicks in it so I ground and honed it back to a 25 degree primary bevel and gave it a 30 degree micro-secondary. I flattened the back of the iron and worked on the chip breaker to get it to mate cleanly.

I’m asking $60 because it’s in almost new condition and includes the box & manual. Honestly, I debated about keeping this one but I’m trying to complete my set of Stanley type 11’s. I’ll trade as well, I’m in the market for a #5 Hock iron & chip breaker set but would also trade for a Stanley #4 type 11 that I can restore. PM if interested.

-- You can never have enough clamps. Can you please tell that to my wife?

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