Dave, thanks! I am definately interested. One question though ... I have been trying to figure out the length to determine if it would be good as a try or jointer plane. That is the main thing I *THINK* I need at this time. If it would be good for that, then I can stop looking for a Stanley #7 or #8.
One post closer to that magic 25 post threshold ... :)
You posted a link to an excellent site dedicated to Sargent planes in another thread.
I visited the site when I first got the plane. Scroll down to 3416. States a wood bottom jack plane, but no other information.
The sole is 15in long x 2 5/8in wide. It uses a 2in wide blade, same as a No 5. My Stanley No 5 is 14in long and a lot heavier, since it is all metal.
Mengtian has also expressed interest, so I will have to decide which one of you gets this.
I will provide the same information.
Please read my thread on the plane.
Sargent 3416 plane
What are you wanting to use the plane for?
I picked up this plane for its looks. After working on it, I am not a fan of the transitional planes.
I cleaned up and flattened the sole, that was easy.
I was having a lot of trouble with the cap iron. I tried the trick of Firemedic to bend the curved part. This was not easy. I do not have a good way to clamp and apply pressure. I was able to get some extra contact force, so the shavings no longer get stuck under the cap iron.
Now the shavings get stuck in the mouth. A pain to clear out after every pass. FireMedic recommended to file the throat open. I did not want to try this since "no undue".
I would not recommend this plane for a person new to hand planes, and who wants this to be usable. It can be used, but it is not easy.
My testing was only on a piece of pine. I started with the easy wood.
You can get replacement blades, but the depth of a transitional body means the cap iron is longer than the all metal Stanley Bailey, so the hole of replacement cap irons does not match.
Just wanting to provide the facts. I would not want you to be as frustrated with the plane as I feel.
I purchased this as part of a group of items from a local antique and collectables store, so I do not know what I paid for it. Likely less than $20. It was in the best shape of the group of hand planes. I later purchased the no-name "Latest bucket of rust" plane from the same place.
I will be looking to cover shipping costs. This would likely need a large size flat rate box from USPS.