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My new Craftsman Plane
« on: October 05, 2019, 11:12:34 AM »
I was at The ReStore in West Bend a week or two ago and found this plane from the early sixties.
it was in a pretty good box and was very close to new. I bought it mostly for the patented blade feature that I had never seen before.  Does anyone know any more about it?
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Re: My new Craftsman Plane
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2019, 11:20:32 AM »
2nd batch of photos
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Re: My new Craftsman Plane
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2019, 11:32:15 AM »
Hello, John. That is a fine looking plane!!! I like the corrugated sides, what does the sole look like? I went through a couple of old Sears catalogs, nothing in a Jack Plane with a 4 edge cutter. They offered a cast aluminum body plane with a 4 edge cutter, but it looked more like a Surform. First one I have seen, great score, with the box to boot!!! Regards, Lou
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Re: My new Craftsman Plane
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2019, 12:05:22 PM »
No knowledge.  It's pretty trick, and they thoughtfully numbered the sides so that, when you find side No. 4 is dull, you know it's time for a sharpening session.

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Re: My new Craftsman Plane
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2019, 02:05:19 PM »
The box has the patent feature added as a sticker. I saw the same catalog with the sure form looking plane, but not this one. The sole shows no wear, but signs of white paint. Like you get from planing storm windows. There was a little bit of rust. I removed it and the paint on the sole. The ad came from the same catalog as the aluminum plane. I can’t find my Gary Lauver vendor list for Craftsman. If anyone has it, I would be curious as to who made it.
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Re: My new Craftsman Plane
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2019, 05:17:43 PM »
And yet it didn't revolutionize the industry!  The market is fickle.
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Re: My new Craftsman Plane
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2019, 06:42:04 PM »
I have not tried it yet, but I suspect that it will chatter a bit more than a traditional blade.
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Re: My new Craftsman Plane
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2019, 01:22:51 PM »
Maybe four times as much  :grin:

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Re: My new Craftsman Plane
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2019, 08:31:12 PM »
I was hoping that JimC would weigh in on this one. Perhaps he knows who made it.
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Re: My new Craftsman Plane
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2019, 05:08:48 AM »
Hey John
That is a hip find
4-in-1 would be a temptation
Just curious how you came up with 60's for the plane
I have a rabbet and fillister plane roughly equivalent
to my Stanley No. 78 which came in a box like yours.
Your box looks to be in significantly better condition.
As for corrugation: Have a Craftsman Jointer 22" Length/
No. 7 size in Stanley world. Sides and sole are corrugated.

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Re: My new Craftsman Plane
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2019, 09:47:58 AM »
Hey John
That is a hip find
4-in-1 would be a temptation
Just curious how you came up with 60's for the plane
I have a rabbet and fillister plane roughly equivalent
to my Stanley No. 78 which came in a box like yours.
Your box looks to be in significantly better condition.
As for corrugation: Have a Craftsman Jointer 22" Length/
No. 7 size in Stanley world. Sides and sole are corrugated.

I found the ad posted above in a 1963 catalog  below the “Sureform” with the 4 way blade.
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Re: My new Craftsman Plane
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2019, 03:27:20 PM »
Not sure what year that double rabbet (like the Stanley 78) is, but it was probably made by Sargent: the little "rhino horn" on the front is a giveaway, and helpful if you're using the plane without a fence (which is the right answer at times).

I'd speculate the 60/70s, but with no good grounding for the speculation.