Wards Master #4 Smoother (My # 4-122617-3)



Wards Master was a house brand of Montgomery Wards. Most of them were made by Stanley. This is made by Stanley, probably from their Victor or Union line.

This is a quality plane, with Rosewood knob and tote, and a frog adjustment screw.

The Sole took some work to get it flat. The frog face was flat, but the seat had red paint the needed to be removed.

The blade also took a quite a bit of work to get flat. It had the typical depressions on each edge that is common on Stanley made blades.

Now that it is tuned and sharpened it will make a fine smoother. It’s probably a better quality than later Stanley models.