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he was one of Sargent's idea men, whose innovations were crucial for his company's hope to battle the big kid on the block, Stanley. was one of Stanley's largest rivals and operated (stilll does) south of New Britain, CT, Stanley's turf, in New Haven, CT. had built its reputation on hardware, and now set its sights on manufacturing tools for the woodworking trade.His first, a lateral adjustment mechanism which allowed the plane's iron to be tilted from side-to-side (to accomodate the minor deviance of the cutting edge being off from the desired 90 degrees to the cutter's sides) was granted February 7, 1888.It's Shaw's second patent which is the most clever, and the one that gained him some fame, at least among the collectors of woodworking tools.His idea of an adjustable frog is better than Stanley's since it doesn't change the irons set - it moves horizontally relative to the sole and not at an angle like the Bed Rock design.These planes are, for all intents and purposes, nothing but a variation of the more popular Bailey series.They all have an adjustable frog, the brass depth adjustment knob, the lateral lever, a lever cap, rosewood knob and tote, etc., just like the Bailey's.This was also Sargent's first plane patent, and was a necessary one since Stanley had quickly applied their patented design of the same adjustment feature to their Bailey planes ca. His final patent, of October 29, 1907, called for an adjustable plane tote (handle) that could be tilted from side-to-side and secured in a postion the workman found comfortable.

Whether soaking-wet from shower steam or freshly scrubbed and lazing about, model Haley Leach is equally easy on the eyes.It seems as though there was a mad-rush to design the best tilting tote, where each company thought (or perhaps could hoodwink 'em) that a public long-starved of such a gizmo, would line-up like lambs to a slaughter and mindlessly purchase whatever was tossed before them.None of the tilting totes ever proved to be that popular, and when reviewing the history of planes, it's obvious that these totes were just a passing fad.By about 1900, the frog design had pretty much evolved into the design that most of us handtool fundamentalists recognize - the angled bottom that mates to the bottom casting at two areas, one along the rear of the mouth and the other at a raised crossbar that spans the interior width of the bottom casting.In other words, the frog does not mate with the bottom casting over the entire area of the frog's bottom.

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