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Forum topic by RobAlden posted 10-29-2018 02:11 PM 766 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RobAlden

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10-29-2018 02:11 PM

Hi all, new to the forum. I just won a $6 plane on eBay. I have several and enjoy putting them right as users. It is a No.3 and doesn’t appear to to be marked in any other way. Because I don’t have it yet, all I have is pictures. I would have passed on this one Except that it has a frog adjustment screw. That usually means a higher quality, does it not. Any information would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 10-29-2018 02:59 PM

No markings on the iron?
Looks like a Stanley-made plane for a secondary seller.

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#2 posted 10-29-2018 03:17 PM


No markings on the iron?
Looks like a Stanley-made plane for a secondary seller.

- Bill White


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#3 posted 10-29-2018 03:30 PM

looking at a blowup of that last picture, it looks like the iron may be upside down. so I’m looking at the back of the iron. When I receive it the underside my show the marking?
Thanks

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#4 posted 10-29-2018 04:05 PM

I would stay away from planes like this, especially from eBay. Usually the price of a junk plane + shipping from eBay is equavelant to a good user you can find locally in garage sale.

For the plane itself, it looks very roughly made. The casting for the plane number is really crude, with that rectangular moulded shape visible. Also I have not seen any plane, no matter how cheaply made, with a totally flat end of the threaded depth adjustment rod – they are usually rounded. The cap iron is kind of shorter than normal, maybe to save material? There are just too many things showing lack of attention to details. I wouldn’t expect this to be a good user.

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#5 posted 10-29-2018 04:28 PM

I don’t disagree that you can get junk from Ebay. But the truth is you can also get some real gems.

This one does look rough, but that doesn’t make it bad. There may be a mix/match of parts (frankenplane), but that doesn’t disqualify it from being a user. When you get it, take it apart, lay all the parts out and examine them. Take pictures, and show them!

Not every city/town/county will have gemstones at garage sales. It’s fun to look at them, and it’s fun to look at flea markets/antique stores. If you have the time and the energy and gas in your car to spend the day hopping from place to place, you just MIGHT find that gem in the rough. Your time is worth something, as is the mileage on your vehicle.

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#6 posted 10-30-2018 02:14 AM

Sorry, I was too “attracted” by the photos, and I didn’t notice the OP has already won this plane for $6. My replay above is a bit irrelevant to OP’s ask.

My guess is that this plane was a crude copy of Stanley planes made in Asia for a budget tool chain like Harbor Freight. Those planes are perhaps a hit or miss depending on the particular one’s milling quality.

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#7 posted 10-30-2018 02:56 AM

The chipbreaker is off of a cheaper plane,,,and maybe the lever cap as well….Put the correct chipbreaker and lever cap on the plane….becomes a Stanley No. 3 plane. Handles look to be off of a Stanley Defiance plane. Maybe the OEMs were lost?....They look like versions of Millers falls handles.

Let’s see…correct lever cap, correct chipbreaker…..Stanley No. 3 handles….sometime after the patent dates were no longer cast? Plane can be a user, just sharpen it up. Then as time goes by, get a set of Stanley handles (nhplaneparts sells those) and the lever cap and the chipbreaker…..(also at nhplaneparts)....iron looks to be NOS, never been used, nor sharpened….May have the Stanley clipped corner box logo on the other side?

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#8 posted 11-02-2018 10:55 AM


I would have passed on this one Except that it has a frog adjustment screw. That usually means a higher quality, does it not. Any information would be appreciated.

- RobAlden

Some of the best planes on the market do not have frog adjustment screws, some of the worst do. That’s a bad way to judge a plane’s quality IMO.

For $6 it would be worth a try, for $6 plus $10 shipping, you’ll want to enjoy the challenge (and plenty of us do). I’m guessing you’ll have your work cut out for you, but you can probably make it work fairly well.

Let us know!

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#9 posted 11-03-2018 11:48 AM

At 70 yoa, it is so true that you are never to old to learn. l have never seen a real tool that was so poorly made. (should have studied the pictures the way you folks did). So the base, especially where the frog rides, was a blob of cast. The bottom of the frog not much better. I had a notion to visit a neighbor and have him mill it some. As I looked everything over it just wasn’t worth it. So I filed and scraped a little and called it good. I wasted an hour or so on the iron and tried to get the almost sheet metal chip breaker to seat on the iron.
I could go on, but bottom line, it will make a shaving. The sole (i took a few swipes on sand paper) is low at the mouth and if I decide to waste more paper and time it would be better, but it is a piece of s^^t and I learner a lot about chip breaker fitting to iron. (not a complete waste if you like stuff to just stay busy) :)

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