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409-123017-1 Craftsman (Sargent made)

This is a Type 6 Sargent plane, but I believe by this time the quality of the craftsman planes has diminished quicker than the Sargents. I have no idea if Sears provided lesser specifications to cut the cost or Sargent did it to cut the cost fro Craftsman, but tuning a Craftsman plane seems much more of a roll of the dice, which the Type 6 Sargent’ need tuning, but its more consistent to the time it takes.

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Note this is how it came to me. The previous owner had tried and gave up to flatten the sole.

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It took substantial work to get it reasonable flat.

And below we see a before and after of the frog. The frog also took a lot of work to get it flat.

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But after the work is done, it’s a decent user plane. If you don’t mind putting in the effort, it will reward you with a good tool.

 

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