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    Avatar Of Red5HftRed5hft
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    This Fulton hand plane is equivalent to the Stanley Bailey No. 3. It was manufactured by Sargent Tools, a Stanley competitor in the 1930-50s. It follows the Stanley 1917 patent and has the frog and frog bed design of the Stanley type 8 planes circa 1899-1902. Fulton planes were the premier plane sold through the Sears Roebuck catalogs in the early 1920-30, prior to the introduction of the Craftsman line of handtools.

    I go well beyond restoration, finishing and polishing above what manufacturers were able to do and still sell tools at a profit. All the unjapanned metal parts are still cast iron, not plated, just polished to a mirror like finish. The sole of the plane is lapped to .0015” flat. The blade is hand lapped on an 8000 grit water stone. This plane makes wispy thin, transparent shaving. A joy to use.

    “Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right.”
    -Henry Ford.

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    • Avatar Of Mike In TnMike in TN
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      Lovely work Redsft. I normally just restore mine to prime functionality instead of “pretty” but that is some mighty fine work. I love the fact that you preserved the sticker on the handle.

      • Avatar Of Red5HftRed5hft
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        Thanks Mike

        Thanks Mike. It is amazing how many vintage tools, 90+ years old, are in use by craftsmen. I appreciate when someone has taken the time to care for their daily antique user tools and has the skills to create beautiful woodworking products with them. Brings back the skills of the craftsmen.

        “Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right.”
        -Henry Ford.

    • Avatar Of Joshua FarnsworthJoshua Farnsworth
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      Wowzers! How did you finish the handle without hurting the sticker?

      • Avatar Of Red5HftRed5hft
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        Patience

        Very carefully. Sanded around decal very carefully (some of of the decal was already missing). I then matched the original stain, again working around the
        Decal. 3 coats of spray on polyurethane. Lastly 2 coats of brush on high gloss poly and buffed the poly to high sheen.

        You can do wonders when you’re retired and have unlimited time on your hands.

        Here is an uncommon Fowler plane I just finished. Fowler plane were low cost planes with stamped steel frogs. This one was completely rusted over. The frog actually fits the frog bed very well on this one. I have restored similar planes that did not fit well. This Fowler is an awesome performer! It glides through the wood and can curl off transparent shavings with no effort. Going to find it a new home on eBay. Will make the new owner very happy.

        “Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right.”
        -Henry Ford.

    • Avatar Of Joshua FarnsworthJoshua Farnsworth
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      Wow, that’s a lot of work! And that’s a beautiful restoration job.

    • Avatar Of StephengidersonStephenGiderson
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      I would love to see this in action now that you’ve restored it. You must have put in a lot of work in order to get it back up to usability! And this is why guys in restoration should be getting paid a lot of money to bring things back to life! Definitely good work here man – I’m sure that there are people who would be interested to find out the techniques you used in detail so they can do their own restorations now!

      Stephen Giderson, manager at
      Super Easy Storage - Melbourne Central

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