rehab or display trashed type 4 No 7

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mbb

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Howdy,

After seeing Insomniac's post in the Buy and Sell forum I decided to take a gallery opinion on what to do with an old type 4 No 7 I got off ebay.

I purchased this guy fairly blindly (single small grainy pic in poor light) off ebay for $20 a while ago. It arrived with the worst homemade handle I had ever seen (the tote base projected up to the frog, made of unfinished maple), a crack from the cheek through the mouth (making it nonfunctional), and the standard "rust coating" rather than jappaning. For fun, I repaired the crack via MIG (not the proper way to go; braising is better but wasn't available) and so far it is holding well. I also reshaped the tote it came with as practice for tote repair on other planes (I have 4 serious refinishings in progress: 4.5, 6, 7, & 7). What I'm trying to decide now is whether I want to go whole hog on it and rejappan, derust, and refinish the knob knowing that it won't ever be in as good a shape as my type 16 Stanley and low knob Union or if it would be better to part it out on ebay.

Anyway thanks for the input,

Mike
 

wapitiscat

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I'd part it or incorporate it into a bookend, doorstop, or other arty project. You've got the welder already. I don't know how rare the type 4's are, but it sounds like you've gotten your $20 out of it just messing around with the welding repair. Just my 2 cents worth which after adjusting for inflation is not worth very much.
 

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I'd vote for parting it out -- if the remaining parts are in reasonable shape. Just lightly clean things up, and post the frog/screws, the blade/cap iron, the lever cap, the knob/screws all as separate items. I'd be willing to bet you could easily make your money back.
 

mbb

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You're probably right. I just hate to rip apart a 130 year old plane. Maybe I will refinish it. Other than the two rat bites out of the right cheek, it might look good on a mantle.
 
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