How perfect does a plane have to be before it will work? You’ve seen the still pictures
. You’ve seen that I sharpened the blade. The plane itself has had a pretty hard life. When I got this in a box with 16 other planes it averaged out to about $2.00 per plane. This is a Sargent brand. It actually has quite a few innovations.
Its got a little adjustment screw down here that we won’t go into because we don’t need to. It has the wheel adjustment. It actually anchors the frog down with 3 bolts. One more than Stanley uses. It makes it a little more secure. Evidently whoever had this plane before I did dropped it. They brazed up that crack. They also brazed up the frog. They must have dropped it pretty good. They snapped off the top of the frog and broke the front frame. The front of the bed is lined up pretty well with the back part of the bed You can see that there’s still a hollow spot right here and here’s a nick where they didn’t quite fill in whole thing with braze. I ran it over the same sandpaper that I used to sharpen the blade with and it came out fairly good. I haven’t even touched this. It’s used to clamp down the blade.
I’m going to assemble this right now. This blade is normally going to have about that much of the tool steel left on it beyond this notch. That says that this blade is about worn out. Its almost up to the point of the capsteel. Put it in there with the screw facing down into the pocket. The notch goes into the little slot there and that allows the adjustment bolt to reach up in there. That little lever arm right there goes into that notch and that allows the adjustment bolt to reach up in there That little lever arm right there reaches into that notch and allows you to slide the blade back and forth in the body of this tool. but make sure that that’s over the notch. The head of the screw is in the hole And that this little tab. here goes into that slot so you can wiggle the blade sideways back and forth. That helps you to align the blade This piece drops over the bolt head. slides down and clamps. That locks the blade in place. The blade wants to protrude just a little bit past that. We’re going to crank this and that’s going to pull on this lever, push that lever down and shove the blade out just a bit. now we’re going to try it on a piece of wood. Pretty hefty chunk I think I’ve got too much blade showing. I’m going to back it off just a little bit. Went to far the other way. When you’re cleaning off the chips make sure you go from this side to that side.
Going the other way you become part of the wood and you can actually end up planing off your fingers a little bit. Now we’re starting to make a chip. Not bad for two bucks. Totally worthless plane.
. This was put out as junk. The lever arm was bent. The toe on the tote was broken off. It doesn’t even have a front knob. The bolt is there but there’s no knob on it. The plane is broken The frog is broken and been brazed back together again. Which some people say is impossible but obviously it works. I didn’t even sharpen this blade. I just took the first whack at it with 220 sandpaper. Does a pretty good job Do you want to spend over $300.00 for a fancy plane? For a little one like this you can go really ridiculous and buy yourself a Number 1 Stanley. About $1500.00 and small enough it barely would fit in my hand. Doesn’t do a much better job than this one does. There’s all kinds of planes. You can get them in various conditions. You can get them in various conditions. Some pretty nice. This is a Fulton tool. Made by Montgomery Wards. Well not made by Montgomery Wards. Made for Montgomery Wards This is a Stanley. You look at the frame… other than the Stanley being considerably narrower because it’s a number 3and the Fulton is about a number 4 size . so it’s quite a bit bigger.
They’re very similar in the frame design. Might even be one was made by Stanley for Fulton. This one, this one, and this one, all three came in the same box. Along with 14 other planes in various stages of disrepair. Average price two bucks. I guess it all depends on what you want to spend your money on. Oh and by the way These were just as dirty as this one. . I just haven’t cleaned up the Sargent yet Might not kind of a reminder of just how good you can be from being pretty bad.