How about a little on-topic post? Bought an old plane last weekend in
need of some moderate clean-up. $12 so what the hell. It looks like the
second large plane from the top in this e-bay post
In fact if you disassemble a bit you find the number "904" on it as
well as the made in USA and when I cleaned the iron it has "Hercules"
on it. Looks like the iron that should fit so I assume it's original.
Any info on this like date and such, value is, well, $12 since I plan
on cleaning it up, scary sharping and using it.
You're entering very dangerous territory. About 2 weeks ago I bought a
Stanley #4 from a flea market. About 10 hours later I ended up with a
polished piece of artwork with a blade you could shave with. What's worse, I
don't want to actually use it, that would "mess it up".
Now I have two Stanley #5's on the way from two ebay "wins", one at $13 and
another at $10. I also have bids on Stanley #3's. I'm afraid it has become
Here are some of my links to plane tuning sites, some specific to Stanley
planes, but still may be of interest to you.
I used the Scary Sharp method with a Veritas honing guide and can't believe
Good luck to you!
Sargent made the "hercules" series, as far as 904 dont know about that but
if the size of plane is like the pic looks like a smoothing plane.Have fun
Knowledge speaks, wisdom listen.....
Are you sure it doesn't say 409 on it? Sargent usually ends their
numbers with the length of the plane. It should be about 9 inches long,
which makes it the equivalent of a Stanley #4, the common smoother.
Sargents are good planes although the blade angle adjuster on that one
is folded metal rather than a casting. The Hercules line was positioned
against the Defiance and Handyman lines from Stanley as I recall.
O'Deen if you're out there, help please. At any rate, it's a perfectley
usable plane, enjoy it. i've got a handful aof Sargents and they all
Dave in Fairfax
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daveldr at att dot net
Excuse my mistake! That's what get for trying to remember a three digit
number from the basement to the confuser upstairs. You're right it's
actually a 409. I checked a few of the links Gary sent and it indeed
looks to be a smoothing plane similar to the Stanley number four. The
body and iron have now been cleaned up and look pretty good. Now for
the moving parts. It's been soaked in WD-40 then I used Naval Jelly to
reduce the rust film then some emery cloth seems to be going well.
Good job...I love taking an old forgotten hand plane and bring it back
to life....I always wonder who has used this tool before me and how
did it get "lost"
I had a student bring in an old #5 that was her fathers....we took it
all apart and let it soak over night and after class each day we
worked on it. When we finished, it looked like a champ and cut curly
maple like cutting hot butter. It almost made my student cry having
her fathers hand plane now to work with. Good luck.
Mike from American Sycamore
My apologies to you and the group. I should have posted the binary over on
"binaries.pictures.woodworking" and then referred to it here. No harm was
intended, just posting late in the PM after a long day. Sloppiness on my
part, sorry. Thanks for pointing out my error, Dave. It will not happen
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