Shelton #04 Scrub (My #04-010518-1)
These planes do not make great smoothing planes but they do make very good scrub planes. This one has had the blade cambered for rough work and works very well as a scrub plane.
The Shelton Plane and Tool Manufacturing was a division of a company that had existed as a maker of picnic baskets under one name or another since 1865, and as the Shelton Basket Company since 1911. Cornelius McAller persuaded Abraham Lavietes, president of the basket company, to finance the manufacture of this plane. This version was the commonly encountered thumblever-on-a-long-screw type adjuster normally associated with Shelton. MacAller died in 1940 but Shelton persevered under Lavietes and later came up with the single-piece enclosed lever cap design. The Stanley knock-offs with Bailey-type adjustments are considered on par with their Stanley-Bailey counterparts. Shelton sold all their plane stuff to Stanley in 1954.