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Forum topic by Louden48 posted 10-23-2019 08:42 PM 291 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Louden48

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10-23-2019 08:42 PM

I have had this Craftsman equivalent of a number 4 for a while now and it is one of the best planes I’ve used. I have it set up for my smoother and it just feels like a premium quality plane. I came across this number 5 equivalent on eBay and I had to have it because they are the only 2 planes I have ever seen with jeweled sides. Now that I have the pair of them I would like to know how many others Craftsman sold and try and get my hands on them. Does anyone recognize them or happen to know who made them. The only marking I see other than “made in U.S.A.” or the Craftsman logo is the numbers “409 ” on the bottom of the frog of both planes. Any help would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 10-23-2019 11:08 PM

I suspect they were made for Craftsman by Sargent.

By the way, 409 corresponds to the Sargent number for a number 4-sized plane, and since the 4 and 5 share a frog, it makes sense that the number would appear on castings on both planes.

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#2 posted 10-23-2019 11:39 PM



I suspect they were made for Craftsman by Sargent.

By the way, 409 corresponds to the Sargent number for a number 4-sized plane, and since the 4 and 5 share a frog, it makes sense that the number would appear on castings on both planes.

- Johnny7

Thanks for the information. Do you happen to know which others they may have made with jeweled metal sides? Or do you happen to know of a site I could find that information? I appreciate the help.

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#3 posted 10-24-2019 01:45 AM

Looks more like grind marks than an intentional pattern.

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#4 posted 10-24-2019 09:20 AM

If they have the U shape lateral Sargent made them.

https://www.timetestedtools.net/2016/02/26/craftsman-hand-plane-model-number-comparison/

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