Hand Plane ID / Can't Get Blade and Chip Breaker Apart

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Forum topic by TTH posted 08-24-2020 05:44 PM 735 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2020 05:44 PM

Howdy Folks!

I was rummaging through a garage sale a while back and found a rusted carcass of an old hand plane that I bought for two bucks. I disassembled it as much as I could and soaked the parts overnight in WD-40 Specialist. It’s looking much better, but one big problems is that I can’t get the chip breaker and blade apart. Even after the soak and hitting it with some PB Blaster, the chip breaker screw will not turn at all. I thought about heating it up with a torch and letting it cool back down, which is what I would do with rusted out parts on a car, but I wasn’t sure if doing it here would screw something up. Is this okay to do? Any other suggestions?

Second question: does anyone know who might have made this plane? I know it’s not a Stanley plane. It doesn’t have any maker ID stamped on it that I can see. The toe is stamped “Made in USA,” it’s got a red lever cap, and the number 44 is stamped on the underside of the frog. The frog adjustment wheel and the fittings for the knob and tote are all brass. Guessing it might be a frankenstein plane, but appreciate any insights anyone has.

-- Travis, DFW

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#1 posted 08-24-2020 06:15 PM

The red cap is making me think its a Mohawk Shelburne which was a less expensive line from Miller’s Falls. I sold the #5 I had cleaned up and tuned, so I can’t check the stamping. As for the rust, Evapo-Rust is amazing stuff, recently saw that WD-40 also put out a similar product. I got a tool box of tools for free because they went under water when a neighbor’s basement flooded, 24 hours in the Evapo-Rust and it freed a completely frozen Miller’s Falls hand drill, and a slew of old pipe wrenches. Great thing too is that after you use it you can put it back in the jug for use another time.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#2 posted 08-24-2020 06:30 PM

Throw a torch at it. Just keep the business end of the cutter cool and you won’t hurt anything.

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#3 posted 08-24-2020 08:36 PM

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