Plane restoration #8: Stanley No 921 10 inch Brace

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Blog entry by Alonso posted 01-19-2010 08:21 AM 13255 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey Lj’s

This is another tool that was part of the nice deal on the local flea market.

This is my first brace that I ever own, I haven’t try it yet, but I need it to restored before doing anything else.

After looking at the Stanley Catalog from 1914 I found out that the handles are made out of Cocobolo, nice…. let’s see how it came out….

I need to say that this restoration was a bit different, I ran out of Evaporust, and I really want it to try the electrolisys cleaning, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it work properly, so the only option that I got was wet/dry sandpaper and WD-40, it came out really nice but still I think I can improve it.

I really like how the wood came out, 3 coats of wipe on poly with 320 sanding in between and finished with Minwax paste wax and sanded with 0000 steel wool.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 02:07 PM

Nice job on this one as well. I would never have dreamed that it was manufactured using cocobola. This brace looks gorgeous.

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 03:07 PM

Very nice restoration. Have you tried it yet?

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 04:35 PM

Good job on the restores, thanks for sharing your pics. I have a couple braces in my workshop. They do come in handy every once in awhile. Difficult to find any decent newer ones so you definitely got a great deal there. My Ridgid cordless may have a lifetime service agreement, but sincerely doubt my grandkids will be admiring it in 2104 :)


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#4 posted 01-19-2010 04:51 PM

Great job, and you now have a hand brace that is superior in quality to most of the new braces being sold today.

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#5 posted 01-20-2010 07:09 PM

Looks stunning.

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