Craftsman Block Plane Restoration

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Project by Doug McPherson posted 05-16-2011 04:25 PM 5641 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I pick up this Craftsman Brand Block Plane at an estate/garage sale. It appeared to be mechanically sound and just in need of some attention, so that is what she received. I paid $15 for that and a 14 in smoothing plan (I’ll also post). Another item checked off my wishlist!

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 04:44 PM

Nice job! I have the same plane and get a lot of good use out of it.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#2 posted 05-16-2011 04:56 PM

beauty. I love beautiful tools. He probably about 50 years?

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 04:58 PM

Looks like a great restore.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 05-16-2011 06:04 PM

That is the same plane!? WOW! Great job!

-- christopheralan

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#5 posted 05-16-2011 06:05 PM

Great restoration! This one is obviously made by Stanley, because I have one that appears to be identical.

By the way, unless they have changed the rules again, be prepared to have this post removed by the moderators from the Project session because it is not made of wood. In the future, you should post plane restorations as a forum topic.

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

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#6 posted 05-16-2011 07:18 PM

very beautiful, wonderful, congratulations.

-- Brazjuca guarapari Brasil. All worth it when the soul is not small. (Fernando Pessoa)

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#7 posted 05-17-2011 12:17 AM

niiiice job :-)


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#8 posted 05-17-2011 12:31 AM

wow that came out very slick I like the idea of painting the cap red nice.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#9 posted 05-17-2011 05:09 AM

How did you get the metal to look brand new? I have a couple of old planers and would like mine to look as beautiful as your turned out. Thanks for the pictures.

-- "Well done is better than well said"

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#10 posted 05-17-2011 11:47 PM

Nice job on the plane. That plane could have been made for Craftsman by any number or manufacturers, as that same basic design was used by Stanley, Millers Falls and Sargent for sure and probably others also. I believe that plane was made by Sargent. My reason is the mechanism for the adjustable mouth. I have a few Sargent planes and they all have that same mechanism. They work quite well and make very nice planes. I’m sure you will get many years of great service out of that plane.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#11 posted 05-18-2011 12:42 AM

As Charlie says, this will probably get removed by Martin. I suggest copying not only your post but also the comments as well. Martin removed my Sargent #418VBM hand plane restoration 2 months ago and did NOT even bother letting me know in advance nor did he even preserve a copy of the post for me to place elsewhere. I found an even earlier Sargent #422 Type 2 that I have cleaned up but not sure if I want to replace the japanning or not since it is rare. I have not even attempted to post in Projects since the first deletion.

BTW, I like both of your restorations. Good job with the japanning and added color on both planes. This stuff sure is fun to do and to use in the shop later! Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#12 posted 05-18-2011 04:28 AM

This looks really good. I have a Stanley No. 220 that my grandfather gave to me that looks very similar to this one. I would love to know how you restored this plane to make it look new. Could you please explain how you did this so I can try it out on my hand plane? I’ve cleaned mine up a little bit, but it does not look as nearly good as yours.
Thank you very much,


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Doug McPherson

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#13 posted 05-18-2011 02:36 PM

Kyle- This is a site that you will find very helpful. I know I did.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#14 posted 05-18-2011 02:38 PM

Great restoration job – you will get lots of use out of that little plane I am sure.

All the best


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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