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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-25-2012 08:21 PM 1647 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two very different planes. A Shelton Block plane

Just a little on the rusty side. Another look?

Being steel instead of cast iron, yep, it do get a bit orange.

The second plane is a little bit bigger, though..

Looks like a new knob will have to be turned. A nice RED frog..

Seems to be alright. Big silver adjuster wheel.

Chrome everywhere. Blue paint around the Craftsman logo. Looks like i will have some fun with this clean up. Got out the tools, the belt sander, a drill with a couple wire wheels, and a “Dremel” from Harbor Freight. Got to working the steel plane over. Still a lot of rust, but a spray de-ruster will hit it tonight at my “Day job”.

Like I said, just a little rusty..

Cap iron has the number “10” stamped into it. Box around the top hole has SHELTON inside. Below the top hole is a stamped “PATENT PEND”, this is all the marks on the iron. I would polish the knobs a little better, but, I can’t get them off the plane. All three are stuck in their spots, either as a rivet, or keeper rings.

Now, about that BIG plane:

It may be a Number 4 size, but the base is a very thick casting. It maybe more like a #4H. Yep, it is a Craftsman. The handles are wood, not plastic. The frog cleaned up nicely, though..

Under the lever cap is just the letter “O”. Iron and chip breaker seemed to be chrome plated as well.

Base is all cleaned up, and flat. This is one heavy plane. The front porch has a sticker, right behind the knob..

Thinking this MIGHT be a Sargent made for Sears plane. Iron is stamped as a CRAFTSMAN MADE IN USA BL. Total cost of these two treasures? Just under $20

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

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#1 posted 10-26-2012 08:23 PM

Took the Shelton to work. Gave it a soak&brushing three times, just to get all the crud off of it. Front knob WAS loose, so a trip to the vise to tighten that up. Knob is a press-fit, no threads. Might epoxy it in place if it comes loose again. Maybe this weekend I can get out to the lathe, I need a few knobs and a tote made. More fun…

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

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#2 posted 10-28-2012 08:33 PM

Now, about that Craftsman #4H sized plane. Went out to use my lathe for a little while. Had a couple knobs to make.

A high knob to match, by eye balling, the high knob on the Craftsman. I had some room left on the blank, so I turned a block plane knob as well…

Yep, got a bit crowded there. Cut the knobs loose, and drilled a few holes. Then a test fit or three..

Since i had some 4/4 walnut sitting around as well as that walnut blank, I laid out for a new tote for the Craftsman plane…

Somehow, it just made sense to make a tote to match the new knob, right? Before i sent the blank to the bandsaw, I set up the drill press for a few chores. easier to drill the bolt hole this way….

Just drill from both ends. That is the reason that line is there. After the two holes met, I chased the hole with a Rat-tail file, chucked into the Drill press…

That way, IF the holes are just slightly off ( a Harbor Freight DP off????) the file would smooth the inside out. Still at the Drill Press, Chucked up a Forstner bit, and drilled out the tighter curved areas.

Makes it easier to turn a corner with my Benchtop Bandsaw. Then it was a matter of shaping and sanding and more sanding. The wedge i got when the bottom of the tote was trimmed to it’s mounting angle? I saved it. Needed it on the drill press for more drilling. I used the brass nut to check the depth of the counter bore in the top of the tote. I also needed a couple holes in the tote bottom. One was for the nub in the base, where the bolt screws into the base. A forstner bit again ( same one as before) and wiggle it around a bit, I wanted a looser fit. Once that hole fit, I pressed down, hard, to make a mark for the second “hole”. More of a “pimple” than a nub. A 1/4” drill bit took care of that. More test fits for the tote…

I think I’m getting pretty close. Still need some more sanding, though..

As for that little block plane knob?

Little bit of sanding, and some finish. Maybe more of that SMELLY BLO????

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

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 07:09 PM

All finished up and ready for some wood to work over…

two coats of BLO on the Walnut handles.

one more look at this heavy #4?

As for that Shelton Block plane…

cleans up nicely. Even works some Pine..Supposed to be a #118 clone…

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

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#4 posted 10-31-2012 08:34 PM

Very nice handiwork with that Craftsman knob, Bandit. I like the shape of that one particularly, well done.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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