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    Old Craftsman Planes

    Hey all I just picked up some old handplanes. They were 10 bucks for the both of them so I thought it couldnt hurt. One looks about the size of a stanely #3 and the other about a stanley #5 maybe. Does anyone know anything about them? They are solid, all parts work, and seem to be pretty good. I dont know if they will hold up to my Bailey's but hey one can never have too many hand tools. Looks like i will be doing some rust removal and restoring. I also have a Bailey #7 that will need a total rehab when it gets here. Got it off of ebay for 20.00, but looked a bit rusty. The sole seemed fine, will have to check it out when it gets here. Be blessed friends.

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    Re: Old Craftsman Planes

    Pictures, pictures ....I would like to see your rust find.

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    Honestly Honey, that will cost around $100 $150 $200, and I need a few more tools.

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    Re: Old Craftsman Planes

    http://www.ncwoodworker.net/gallery/...ages.php?c=206

    LoL,, you know being a computer nerd for the army you would think that I would take the time to figure out how to change the size of my pic's so that I can post them on this thread,,lol. Well anyway they are in my Photo Gallerie, It will be a couple days untill I get everything to refurb them. Be blessed friends.
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    Re: Old Craftsman Planes

    Craftsman planes - just like the Stanley's - most likely will be just fine for users. As I understand it, the older Craftman's were made by Stanley or Sargent or some other reputable company. Quality probably not as good with newer Craftsman's (and Stanley's for that matter). Regardless, you should be able to tune 'em up and put 'em to good use!

    You got a Bailey No 7 on ebay for $20? You da man!!! I'll bet it will need some cleaning and tuning... but worth the gamble for that price! It's a fun project, anyway -- enjoy!






    EDIT: Just saw your pics. I have been asked this before, but I'm not aware of any type studies on Craftsman planes... I guess due to different manufacturers over the years? Perhaps someone else has a good link to share.
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    Re: Old Craftsman Planes

    well the price was 20.00, 15 for shipping and insurance. I saw a thread about rust removal with a battery charger. Cant remember where I saw it at. Anyone have the info or a link handy? Thanks much

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    Re: Old Craftsman Planes

    Insom is right, the older Sears & Roebuck "Craftsman" brand name planes were made by Stanley and Sargent for the most part. Every major tool manufacturer has made tools for Sears at one time or another. Most of the Sargent made planes for Sears & Roebuck were marketed under the "Fulton" brand name. Fulton was Sears & Roebuck's first tool brand name taken from their main office location on Fulton Street in Chicago. Michaelgarner's new Craftsman planes were made by Millers Falls and are pretty good planes. These were Millers Falls quality line of planes without their cadillac 2-piece lever caps. Notice the red frogs and mahogany wood. I've had several of them over the years, and they usually tune and sharpen pretty good. A lot of folks prefer Millers Falls over Stanley. Millers Falls made good quality tools for the most part, but had inexpensive models also like the other mfgrs.

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    Re: Old Craftsman Planes

    Quote Originally Posted by michaelgarner
    http://www.ncwoodworker.net/gallery/...ages.php?c=206

    LoL,, you know being a computer nerd for the army you would think that I would take the time to figure out how to change the size of my pic's so that I can post them on this thread,,lol. Well anyway they are in my Photo Gallerie, It will be a couple days untill I get everything to refurb them. Be blessed friends.
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    Michael, if you are going to upload your pictures to the gallery, it may not be necessary to re-size your pics. As long as your pictures are less than 2MB in size, you can upload them regardless of resolution. The system will keep your pictures at the uploaded size and produce a copy at 800 max in one diminsion and use that as the default.

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    Sweet score there Michael.

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    Re: Old Craftsman Planes

    Michael,

    I would like to know your source for the craftsman planes you found. I will be picking up a craftsman stanley-ish 7 or 8 when I drive back home next time. Grampa used it to build houses with it back in the 30's. It would be fun to make a complete set.
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    Re: Old Craftsman Planes

    Hey Pete I picked them up at a local second hand store here in hope mills. I have been in there a couple times and try to stop by the pawn shops and flea markets on a regular basis so that I can get good deals when they come along. If I run into anymore I will snatch them up for you. No problem.
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    Re: Old Craftsman Planes

    Hey NCpete,
    here is one on ebay its a low price.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1

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    Thanks, I 've got it bookmarked/added to my watchlist, and I am perusing the entire category now. considering there are 2100 items listed, this could take a while.
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    Re: Old Craftsman Planes

    Thanks for the pictures.
    I got a MF #4 sized plane the other day. It sure didn't have the 2-piece
    cap iron. The frog is red, the "Millers Falls" is on the left side.

    Don't have time to take and post pictures, though I knew I should.

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    Re: Old Craftsman Planes

    If you're going to try to accumulate a collection of Craftsman planes, just be sure you know what you're getting. Different manufacturers over the years... the quality varies widely. As a result, these tools do tend to go for pretty cheap. Take a look at these recently completed ebay auctions. As you can see, the Craftsman planes tend to go for very little, and more than a few don't even make the opening bid.
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