Plane restoration #10: Shelton No4.. Very nice find

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Blog entry by Alonso posted 01-26-2010 08:22 AM 32466 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Now its turn for the hand drills... Part 10 of Plane restoration series Part 11: Stanley No 102 and a little bit of work on a No 220 »

Hey Folks,

Yesterday my dad and I went to a local flea market and we found several items that we really liked and of course we ended up taking home, among those there was a bench plane that caught the attention of my dad. I never heard anything about them before.

However I did my homework and this is what I found..
Shelton Plane & Tool Mfg. Co. made planes in Shelton , Conn., from 1932 until 1954..when they sold thier plane division to Stanley due to the basic fact that they could just not compete with them financially.They made what were called “industrial” planes as well as a higher quality Bailey type.

Well that sounds interesting… maybe I got a little gem and I don’t even know

Pretty much this is what I got in just about the same condition, I got to say that I forgot to take the “before” pictures again… silly me…

And know this is how it looks

I really think that this plane could use a new Hook blade to get the most out of it, also the main feature that make us keep the plane was the adjusting mechanism looks unique even thought it may not be the most practical system.

Thanks for looking.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#1 posted 01-26-2010 08:38 AM

Nice resto Alonso, well pretty good for a flea market find anyway!
Check out the no7 jointer I did recently if you’re interested.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#2 posted 01-26-2010 01:26 PM

Alonso, this is a nice restoration. This certainly gives the plane a new lease on life and it looks at least as good as it did when it was originally manufactured.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-26-2010 01:55 PM

damn that looks brand new

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 03:05 PM

Looks great!

How do you tape off the the planes when you are painting them? I would like to see some pictures of the planes while they are taped and during and immediately after the paint does on.


-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#5 posted 01-26-2010 05:20 PM


On this one, all the masking work was a bit more challenging, since all the brass hardware that you see on the pictures is riveted to the lever, it took somewhere around 1/2 hr just to have masked correctly before I started painting, but basically just some 3/8” wide strips of masking tape, should do the trick, a sharp exacto knife and thats about it.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#6 posted 01-26-2010 05:31 PM

good looking scrub plane. what are you using for the japaning? or is this paint?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 01-26-2010 05:44 PM

I’m noticing that hand plane restorations are becoming frequent posts here on LJ. Also interesting is the fact that they are intended to be working tools – not just a decoration on the shelf.

Is the hand plane making a comeback? Certainly every woodworking catalog now offers a selection. Maybe now is the time to purchase these old tools at garage sales, antique stores, and flea markets, before the dealears wise up to the demand and raise prices.

Chris Schwarz at “Popular Woodworking” has made a believer out of me. I now know that I don’t need to buy an 8” or 10” jointer in order to flatten a board.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#8 posted 01-26-2010 05:46 PM

Great job on the plane.

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#9 posted 01-27-2010 02:01 PM

Awesome restoration. I could hardly believe how well it came out. I’ve never seen a plane with an adjuster like that before. I’m especially glad you intend to actually use it. That’s what tools are for.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-26-2011 07:59 AM

I just won a Shelton #4 on ebay, and plan to put it back to work. I’m curious, is that another blade tucked under the Shelton blade? The “before” photo shows a short blade, but the “after” shots shows what looks like two blades, one of them much longer than the other.

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#11 posted 02-26-2011 03:42 PM

Fantastic restoration. Looks like a seriously well made plane to me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 04-25-2013 12:03 AM

Hey great job on the plane! Recently at an auction I won a pail full of planes! Among them, a shelton no.4! I plan to fix it up but the bald is shot! Do you know of any one who makes a replacement blade?

-- Sharpen up and be safe!

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