The Rapier Block

See my other block plane post

This Rapier Block showed up in my shop one day, thanks to my LJ friend Poopiekat.

Rapier is an English made plane. I always thought it was a Stanley knock off, but this is a little different. The plane is much heavier than a similar Stanley. The cutter tightening nut is solid and much heavier.

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The cutter (marked “Best Sheffield Tool Steel) is harder and thicker than a similar Stanley. It works extremely well.

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I debated repainting this. I still may in the future. But for now, it rest along side my other block planes. At the ready, but unlikely to be uesed.

Stanley #65 type 1 restoration

See my other block plane post

This is a recent restoration of a type 1 Stanley #65. According to Virginia Tool Works this would have been manufactured in 1898 through 1900.

 

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Most folks are more familiar with the later type #65 with a knuckle cap and adjustable mouth.

The knuckle cap actually didn’t start until 1913.

The adjustable mouth came about in 1905.

 

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Edwin Hahn #9 restoration before and after.

 

After my recent success restoring a Stanley type 2, I went on to a restore of an early Edwin Hahn plane. This plane is earlier the the #6 I restored.

The only before picture I have. Its sitting right next to the Stanley type 2.

It looks like this plane was made between 1902 and 1906.

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And Compared to the #6

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A Bedrock #607 and a Keen Kutter #K7–All in a days play

Finally, a day in the shop. These were meant as winter projects, but it’s a cold raining fall Saturday. Let do some restores.

A Bedrock #607. Before:

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And after the full treatment. (If you haven’t seen it, here’s my restoration page)

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Here’s the current bedrock family.

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And a Keen Kutter #K7 also got the full treatment today

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No its not a Sargent 5409, but the other one?

I’ve got a very strict rule about computers. After the 2nd cocktail, I don’t return work emails and I don’t buy on ebay. But, who follows rules after the 2nd cocktail?

Apparently not me. The work rule is easy. Who wants to work once the fun starts. So I made this impulse purchase. Its 2 planes. I thought one was a Sargent #5409. It was all there, the thin casting, the steel insert in the adjustment knob, the twisted lateral and a corrugated bottom.

The problem!

The problem was the corrugated bottom was on the “other plane”.

A little bummed but I still had a decent type 3 Sargent 409. It’s got an American Beauty cutter, so I know that’s not original. I need to find out about the American Beauty part, but Sargent didn’t make a cutter back then with the round hole at the bottom of the cutter.

The other surprise was I was sure the other plane was a Defiance. But it had a corrugated sole and I didn’t think the Defiance came corrugated. Well come to find out, in 1939 (yep for 1 year) Defiance made a corrugated. Since the #1204 Defiance was made from 1932-1953, and the #1204C was only made in 1939 I’m going to assume it fairly rare.

But here is the Sargent type 3 #409 anyhow. Look for the Defiance in days to come.

If you know ANYTHING about the “American Beauty” Iron, I’d love to here from you. I know there is an American Beauty company in business today, I just don’t know if it’s the same, and they don’t do planes anymore.

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A Sargent #5418 ready for Service.

In between getting a bunch of new old planes ready for resale I decided to resurrect this Sargent #5418.

This was one of those impulse buys. It was just a base and frog that had already been refinished. Anything in the #5400 series  is fairly scarce, so I snapped it up.

This one has the 2 piece adjuster. I remade the tote from a piece of Honduras Rosewood.

Unfortunately the cutter is not the right vintage. It’s a bit newer than the plane itself.  

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What to do when you find #102 with a broken cap

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A Sargent #410 restoration

So last time we talked about making a new mahogany tote for a type 4 Sargent bench plane I found at a flea market.

This one was a little different. The tote screw had been replaced with a larger diameter version. I’ll assume what ever happened to the original tote, also stripped the threads so a larger on was fashioned.

Also a type 4 would typically have metal knob and tote screws, but this one has brass. Were they changed when the tote screw was re-made? I’m guessing we’ll never know.

Here is the before and after pictures.

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And here are the after.

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Making a Sargent Mahogany Tote

I picked up this nice #410, but it needed a Mahogany tote.

 

Comments welcomed on the forum.

Here is the original ‘Making a Tote’ page

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Keep in mind when making a Sargent tote the angle of the rod is different than a Stanley so a Stanley template will not work.

A piece of old mahogany from a friend needed some sizing.

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Comments welcomed on the forum.

Hancock Shaker Village

We took a Sunday drive. Stopped by a flea market and grabbed a nice restorable Sargent #410. A type 4 I believe.

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Then on to the Hancock Shaker Village. You have to look at the benches. What I wouldn’t give to have them in my shop. And the hand crank rotary planer is to die for.

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