Vintage Tools #1: Stanley and Wards Smoothing Planes

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Blog entry by DJL1031 posted 06-07-2018 07:07 PM 713 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was on a quest to acquire a couple of brass shoulder planes I had spotted a while back at an antique place (huge). And, of course, they were gone. I asked one of the dealer/ attendants about them and he remembered selling the last one. I wanted to give him an eye poke, but resisted. Instead, I found a Stanley “Bailey” No 5 smoothing plane and a Wards “Master ”, probably a No 7. I’ve begun the restoration process. The pic shows one that is nearly flattened on sides and sole compared took the current state of the Wards. It is very evident that Stanley made the Wards: design, parts, details. Cannot wait to start making some shavings! Didn’t realize the amount of sandpaper these things eat up.

My Process:
1. After disassembling, lightly hit the sides and sole with a grinder to even the outside edges of the sole with the middle and to reduce materials to near the depth of deep scratches. This is a very delicate assignment. Hit it lightly and smoothly.
2. Sand using these grits: 100, 320, 600, 1200, 2000. .....on the 320+ I used the waterproof type. I used them dry and wet, and with some rubbing compound. And a lot of elbow grease!
You can see the reflection of my fingers.

-- Dave "It's not what the man makes out of wood, but what the wood makes out of the man"

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