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FULTON plane ID

Hi guys. Got my mystery plane sort of cleaned up...

The blade says "FULTON made in USA"

The lever cap has a "U" and what looks like 'OT"

In front of the rear tote, it has a "11" in a circle then the number 8 and then MADE IN USE

These are the only markings I can find. Pictures included. I will also Google search, but I know some of y'all like to play this game.




My other question.. I had it sitting in de-rust liquid for about 3 days, and the body is still quite rusty. What is my next step to remove this?
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-26-2019, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Well I guess it's a cheaper Stanley no 8?

Can I turn this into a smoothing or shooting plane? Or is it just to look at now?
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How long is it? It looks too short for a number 8, based on Stanley sizing.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-26-2019, 06:44 PM
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We need another photo

Take a photo with a 12" ruler next to it showing the entire plane body.


It looks like is about 8" long from those photos.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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How long is it? It looks too short for a number 8, based on Stanley sizing.


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Take a photo with a 12" ruler next to it showing the entire plane body.


It looks like is about 8" long from those photos. <img src="http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/images/WoodworkingTalk_2016/smilies/tango_face_plain.png" border="0" alt="" title="Serious" class="inlineimg" />

It's about 10" long. I can take photos of that in a bit of needed.
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Most likely a Fulton Household line plane made by Peck, Stow, & Wilcox Co. (PEXTO) and marked by Sears, Roebuck & Co. in 1940-41. PEXTO operated from roughly 1870-1950. The #4 Household smoother sold for $.69 in 1940. I assume your plane has a stamped steel frog rather than cast iron frog. The Household planes were a lower cost plane than the rest of the Fulton line. The majority of Fulton bench planes were made by Sargent Plane Co. and Millers Falls Tool Co.



I have restored several of the stamped steel frog planes with good success. Not as pleasing to the eye, nor feel of heft, but they can be perfectly good user planes.


Here are some photos of a Fulton Household plane and a Fowler (stamped steel frog) plane restored to well above factory new. Both planes are capable of transparent shavings.
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Most likely a Fulton Household line plane made by Peck, Stow, & Wilcox Co. (PEXTO) and marked by Sears, Roebuck & Co. in 1940-41. PEXTO operated from roughly 1870-1950. The #4 Household smoother sold for $.69 in 1940. I assume your plane has a stamped steel frog rather than cast iron frog. The Household planes were a lower cost plane than the rest of the Fulton line. The majority of Fulton bench planes were made by Sargent Plane Co. and Millers Falls Tool Co.



I have restored several of the stamped steel frog planes with good success. Not as pleasing to the eye, nor feel of heft, but they can be perfectly good user planes.


Here are some photos of a Fulton Household plane and a Fowler (stamped steel frog) plane restored to well above factory new. Both planes are capable of transparent shavings.
Yes it is a small frog... Will this guy work for shooting or smoothing?
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Shooting planes are typically 14Ē long planes (or longer). If you Plane is in the 8-10Ē range (Stanley #3-5 size), it was designed to be a smoothing plane. However, you can use it how you wish, depending on how it performs. A shooting plane must have machined sides that are square to the base. Not all PEXTO planes had machined sides. Some were left as rough castings. If the plane will not consistently produce smooth, even shavings after fettling, it may work as a scrub plane.

Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress.
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