|Stanley #7C in less-than-optimal condition|
|About 22" long|
|The corrugated sole|
I've never used a plane with a corrugated sole before. You know the story: it's supposed to have less friction with a board being planed, but some people complain that the grooves on the bottom can catch an edge of your workpiece and cause uneven planing. For me, it meant that I will need to remove less metal when flattening the sole - and that seems like a big advantage.
One of the first things you notice about this plane is the tote. The horn is broken off and there is tape around the mid-section. Turns out it was broken under the tape and a prior user hammered in a nail or two and wrapped it in tape to shore it up. The tote fix will be the subject of another post.
|The tote looking kinda rough|
The tote was interesting - it seems to have a slightly different shape than other totes of that period. In the following picture I have it next to a type 5 (1905-ish) Stanley #4 1/2 tote. The #7C tote seems to be a little shorter at the leading edge and possibly is canted forward a bit more. I don't know if that was intentional - I've never read or heard anything about totes of jointers being different from those of smoothers. Any reader comments about that?
|The #7C tote with a #4 1/2 tote behind it|
|#4 1/2 tote at left, #7C tote at right|
|The frog in need of a good cleaning|
|Under the frog|
|Frog screws and washers|
|The slot on the screw looks rounded over|
|Tote nut after peening some mangled brass back into shape|