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Forum topic by ClaireJL posted 08-24-2019 01:04 AM 273 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2019 01:04 AM

Hey all,

So I have finally found some recurring freetime in my schedule to actually start learning about fine-woodworking as a hobby. I picked up a #3 (I believe) bench plane at an estate sale the other day for $5, and it seems like it is in good enough shape to put some work in and clean up. However, it is missing the bolt that connects the iron to the chip breaker, as well, there is no lateral adjustment lever – though there appears to be a receiving bed for one at the top of the frog.

I would like to replace these with original parts if possible, but first I need to A) identify the plane, and B) find a resource to purchase said parts. So, any help with that would be absolutely wonderful.

For identification all that I can offer so far is “MADE IN USA” behind the front knob, 44 (not C44 as I have read about on others) stamped on bottom of frog, and a scrap of a sticker on the handle (blue with gold line, might be irrelevant).



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#1 posted 08-25-2019 07:19 AM

The bolt to the chipbreaker can be replaced by a cheaper plane. Buying parts would possibly cost more than the plane itself. As for the lateral adjustment you can still use a hammer to adjust it. Not necessary to fix that part.

You can find parts in ebay but very few sellers know which part to which plane. It is a gamble there.

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#2 posted 08-25-2019 04:20 PM

nhplaneparts….knows his stuff.

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#3 posted 08-25-2019 05:11 PM

C is going to pertain to a plane with a corrugated sole. A smooth bottom has no designation except model number.

Flea Bay is another source of parts, or beater planes you can glean parts from.

nhplaneparts….knows his stuff.

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#4 posted 08-25-2019 07:18 PM

Ah, these resources are exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. Thank you!

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