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    number 7

    Alright all you hand tool aficionados tell me about this number 7. What year etc. I picked this up on craigslist for 30.00 this morning.

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    Based on the kidney shaped hole in the lever cap, the high knob, and the fact that the knob and tote are rosewood, I'd put manufacture somewhere between 1933 and 1941. That makes it a so-called "Type 16."

    This assumes that all the parts are original, and haven't been swapped out to make it a "Frankenplane."
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    With some fettling will make a great user. Congratulations on the adquisition. You will develop some muscles as well when you use it I have one with flat sole and it does tire my arms if I use it a lot.
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    Thanks Jim that's what I was looking for. It does look to be all original. These things don't come up often around here, or I don't see them.

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    Looks a LOT like mine. I believe I dated mine at 1929-1931

    There are details - tote, knob - base around knob and other markings.

    I did fettle mine and it works GREAT.

    Yes - Most Definately a sweat building workout.

    You will NOT need the gym with a good workout on that plane.

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    Did a little more cleaning on the plane. Found out that the blade is a millers falls. I got it sharpened up and it is cutting well. I haven't checked the sole for flatness yet. A question about flatness. How flat is flat enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Daugherty View Post
    ...Found out that the blade is a millers falls. I got it sharpened up and it is cutting well. I haven't checked the sole for flatness yet. A question about flatness. How flat is flat enough?
    The Millers Falls blades were of about the same quality as Stanleys, so you're okay there.

    As for flat - if it's cutting well, leave it alone! Too many people go straight to flattening without ever trying the plane 'as is.' If it's cutting well, it doesn't really need flattening.
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    Thanks Jim, I'll use it for awhile and see how she works before I try flattening the sole.

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    Theoretically all those used planes were used in their time by professional woodworkers, or hobbyist with a certain degree of knowledge. So I believe that many of them do not need fettling as the previous owner may have done it already. Sometimes I think that we all have been drawn to such precise objective measures about planitude, precision in length and so forth, aren't we overdoing it?
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    I suspect your are right, Toni.
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