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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-21-2010, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Been trying to figure out how to sharpen my plane freehand with the scary sharp and tune my plane. Came across this website with a lot of info.

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Got this plane of grandpa's from my dad. Got the blade straitened and sharpened and I have started flattening the table. It had a hollow in the middle and in front of the blade opening.

If anybody knows what model this is exactly I would really like to know.

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Hey Mike, looks like ya got a #4 or #5 there...(stanley's nominclature) it would be #9 were it a miller falls...Look on the blade/frog and chipbreaker for some kinda name or info. If there is no name stamped on it anywhere, chances are its an off brand. That isn't to say it won't be a good plane for ya. She looks like she might clean up real well for you. The tote and handle look solid.. thats a good thing. The sole needs to be perfectly flat and true...the mouth opening is very inportant as well and should be square to the blade.
Very cool to have a tool with a lil family history behind it...*S*
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This plane looks like a Stanley no. 35 smooth plane.
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I'm pretty sure this is the Stanely 35 smoother....
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Sorry should have put it in the first post.

The only marking on it is Fulton warented on the blade and Made in usa by the front knob.
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well there ya have it Mike.. Fulton was more or less a knock off of the old stanley line. Just one of many. However, In many cases better materials and production techniques were used therefore making a plane as good as, if not better than the stanley orginal.

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This is indeed a Fulton plane, the size is very close to the old Stanly # 4. It should clean up very nice and be a very good user. An after market blade would be the best thing you could purchase for it if you plan to use it often, Hoc makes a real nice blade. If it is only an ocassional user, just sharpen the blade, flatten the sole and enjoy. Robbie
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MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmm HOC blades...sweet.......................
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I plan to use it on a shooting board as it is the only big plane I have so far.
I got the blade sharp enough to shave end grain clean in soft wood last night.

What is with the replacement blades? Do they sharpen better or stay sharp longer or what?

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Mike.... all depends....on the blade you get...Typically A1 or A2 tool steel is the metal of choice. A1 sharpens up faster, but doesn't hold an edge as long as the A2. A2 take more time to sharpen, but holds an edge longer. HOC is just one mfg. of fine blades....they are on the expensive side though...40-75 depending on the blade of choice and application. Plenty of other quality mfg's out there at much more reaasonable prices. Either Rockler or Woodcraft or possibly both are now selling plane irons.....If you managed to get your iron sharp enough to shave endgrain you're good to go...
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