View Full Version : You were right, I am hooked
10-30-2004, 10:12 PM
I just aquired 5 planes today that were my grandfathers. They are in rough condition but I am excited to see what I can do with them. The first one I am starting with is a Craftsman No 3704, the lowest end one. Practice there first before I do the 100 year old Stanleys. ;) It does have a Stanley blade in it. Is there anyway to roughly date the Craftsman? I can't find much info on them. BTW, pitures at http://www.thedragonslair.com/craftsman_3704_index.htm for those who are interested.
10-30-2004, 10:25 PM
Hoo boy, got your work cut out for you there.
Might be a good one to use electrolysis on.
Here is an old socket chisel I found at a junk sale in Rockport Mass., right by the ocean. electrolysis-ized it, sharpend it up and turned a handle. Pretty rusty to start, came out pretty nice, and very useable.
Good luck, keep updates coming.
10-31-2004, 07:58 AM
From the pics, I don't know that that one will be salvageable. If the pitting on the sole is very deep, it may have to end up in a shadow box on display. Even electrolysis can't put back missing metal. You need to be most concerned about any deep pitting around the mouth. While a lot of folks swear that you have to get the sole completely flat and smooth, I have not found that to be the case. Witness the corrugated planes. Some of those actually had corrugations that swirled in "S" shapes down the length of the sole. I've a Stanley block similar to that one which had deep gouges toward the toe end of the sole. Smoothed out the protrusions and it is a great user.
Anyway, would like to see of the others. Those that come from past generations of your family are treasures.