Edwin Hahn #6 restoration before and after.

Edwin Hahn is one of the Wilkes-Barre PA plane makers. John Rumpf wrote an excellent book on the subject titled “Plane Makers Of Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania” which includes Jacob Siegley, Edwin Hahn and the Keystone Tool Works, all seemingly working together. I hope to have some more history on them posted to Timetestedtools shortley.

In the mean time here is my latest find, and First Edwin Hahn. A nice #6.




And after the restoration. (you may have noticed the original post had the wrong pictures)


If you have any information outside of the book, I’d be interested in hearing it.

Post questions or comments here or on the forum.

Can you save that cutter

This was written as a subset of Buying a Vintage Plane.

Its not unusual to find pitted cutters on vintage planes. The question becomes “can you save them”?

In some cases its possible. There are two approaches. One is the ruler trick. by applying the ruler trick, many of these cutters become usable again.





Another approach is use it for a jack. Put a camber on it and sharpen it up. But first take as much of the pitting out as you can.




Then camber it.




Then sharpen it




The use it!


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A #4 surprise and its for sale.

We’ll call this a a “holy cow, I’ve been ignoring these planes” post.

This is a Millers Falls made Sears. To me it looks like crap. Why would you paint a plane red? And I could get past the body red. As a matter of fact, done properly it may look good, but please, not the cap!

But this came in a bundle. You know, buy these for that much and I’ll throw in the sears kind of deal. I have thought on it for a few days, thinking I would just sit it on the shelf until some motivation to make a lamp or something struck. After all, I try real hard to only sell “usable” hand planes.

But I’ve made a few work I wasn’t sure about, so I picked this up and looked. Frog looks decent. Casting of the bed is ok. Jeez, maybe it’ll actually work.

And not only does it work, but I’ve done absolutely nothing to this except sharpen it. I know the expression, “sharp fixes everything” but come on!

So basically this is a Millers Falls plane, with a really crappy cap. I went as far as thinking about a brass cap, but thought it would clash with the red.

Now I’m not going to pretend this a top of the line plane. The cap and iron is not one of the finest I’ve ever seen, although it did take a decent edge. Its retention probably won’t rival a new Hock, but then, a new Hock is an option.

It also needs a bit more cleanup. It still has the rust that came on it, but its minor and should clean up quick.

So if your looking for a cheap plane with reasonable results. Look no further. Keep in mind, this is Ash I’m testing it on, not some nice clear cedar.

I’m asking $25 plus the USPS charge of $12.80. See others for sale as well.

Trades always welcome!

The Sargent #411

Back to Sargent Type Study Home Page 

I’m sure the Sargent #411 was introduced to compete with the Stanley #5 1/4. The Stanley #5 1/4 came out in 1922, so subsequently the Sargent #411 and #411C was introduced in 1926. The #411 was produced until 1947 and the #411C stopped in 1943.

HMike posted a #411C here, http://lumberjocks.com/replies/851679

I classified mine as a type 5. About the only variation off of a type 5 is the cutter adjusting knob is steel on this one (which I just figured out this morning during clean up).

Its Also got a cutter that doesn’t fall into any of Heckel’s type studies.


So far the #411 is the only size I’ve seen with the plane size in front of the knob. If this changes, I’ll post it here. If you have one, let me know.




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My June #5 restore

A recent restore I thought I’d share.

The before


And as it is for sale



And if you haven’t done so already, please take a look at the new web site.


Its Spring. First 2014 Antique show

finally proof that the long winter is over. Our first local flea market of 2014. Maybe not one of my best days, but definitely not my worst either. We had some fun, some sun, some rain, and just good old spring weather.

My first find is my favorite. As you may know, I’ve started a healthy admiration for Sargent bench planes. My goal was to obtain a #400 series in every size type 3 or older. This was the last one I needed to complete that set. A beautiful type 2 #424. All period correct as well, including the cutter.

next up is an item that has nothing to do with hand planes. A fully functional hand operated drill press. I’ve wanted one of these for a while, but they usually tote a price tag in the hundreds, so its never fit the bill. When the vendor said $50, I didn’t even dicker.

Finally a reasonably priced #203.

A Stanley type 3 #35. This has seen better days, and will never be a user again, but after showing the vendor the shortcomings of the old girl, we came to a reasonable offer.

And since I’ve completed the #400 bench plane series, and these were there, well priced and in decent shape, we might as well head down a new road with a new set of goals. How about all Sargent Transitionals. Also, twisted lat or older.

A few others, a couple nice user #4’s, a restorable Simmons, and an Eagle label Stanley level that I’m pretty sure is made from oak.

A good day to be a “collector, restorer, and a typical rust hunter.”

G Davies Infill Plane

Some time ago I got and infill from an LJ friend Jamie asking me if I wanted an infill plane that needed some love. Of course I couldn’t resist and a short time later I received the package in the mail.


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Now it is true he told me it needed some love, and he made it a special note to add a lot of love, but I didn’t think he meant this:





But OK, challenge excepted.




It turned out the infill was held in with ground off screws. A bit of a challenge to remove.



The infill seems to be English Beech covered with some kind of plastic. A quick interent search on the G. Davies stamped on it brought me to a plane maker in Birmingham England some were around 1821-1876. I also read he sold out to Marples.




W. Marples marked on the chip breaker.


Thankfully my son-in-law is a welder, and with some prodding, I convinced him he could weld cast. He did a little research, learned to pre-heat and slow down the cooling, and what a great job he did.


I replaced the screws with some brass pins. And here is the results on some Ash.


So I ordered up some epoxy and put the pins in permanent. 


If I find more information on the maker (G. Davies) I will post it here. Also Any information on what the plastic like substance might be would be much appreciated.


Sargent #409 with a Brass name plate.

I saw a posting on Ebay that looked like this:

Besides the upside down lever cap, something looked different. I thought the logo looked brass, so I contacted the seller. These Sargent planes with brass inserts were produced in limited runs sometime between 1927 and 1939. I put a max bid and won it for the exact max amount. How lucky is that? This is the first time I’ve seen one on eBay, and there were 3 at the same time, all different sellers. Talk about coincidence. A #407 had a starting bid of $270 (it did not sell) and a 414 that I lost the bid on. I wasn’t as aggressive on the 414, but glad I got the #409. It’ll fit in my collection well. The #414 had the brass inlay in the sole.

You’ll note some of the inserts were rectangular and some were oval.

Here are the #407 and #414 off ebay just for documentation.


And finally here is my #409


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