Restoring Hand Planes.. My methods #7: Stanley Bailey #3 complete restore w before & after pics. I am on a role!

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Blog entry by Dan posted 03-09-2011 05:38 PM 8717 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just the other day I posted a blog on the completed restoration of my Stanley #6. Well last night I finished up my Stanley #3 and took some final after pictures for this blog.

I have been working on this plane for months. As with a lot of my planes I got this one off of ebay. The plane was in rough shape as you can see in the photos. All the pieces were heavily rusted, the rear handle was broke at the top and the top of the frog was broken off. You can see in the before pictures that the lateral adjustment is missing from the frog. I went ahead and restored the body and small parts and then set them aside. After a couple months of searching ebay I finally found and won an auction for a #3 frog that would fit my plane.

Due to the heavy rust there was some pitting on the sides of the body that I just couldn’t get out. Also the blade was to badly rusted to restore to user condition so I am going to be buying a replacement blade and breaker for this plane soon. I didn’t bother to fix or replace the handle. Even though the top is broke off it still works just fine for a user plane.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 05:55 PM

excellent restore. looks good to me

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 06:53 PM

That is nice. Looks far better than when you bought it. I like to see this happen .

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 08:17 PM

That looks like a type 11. Nice combination of features (frog adjustment screw, lateral adjuster, heavy casting). You should enjoy using that plane! Really nice job on the rehab…

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 08:22 PM

How do you level and polish the top of the frog?

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 08:22 PM

Dwain- Yes, it is a type 11. I have a couple others that are type 11s and I really like the design of them.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 09:25 PM

You could always color some epoxy resin and patch the end of the handle with it, just for looks.
I love seeing old tools given a new lease on life instead of going to the dump. It saves an excellent old tool, it keeps the energy needed to make a new one from being wasted and (at least in mt opinion) old tools are better that what’s being made today.

Keep up the good work. When you have your own collection vompleted, you can always start a cottage industry rebuilding these things for resale. Probably not much money per hour expended, but the pride and joy you get in seeing these old timers back doing productive work in some proud owner’s shop is something you can’t put a price on.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 03-09-2011 10:07 PM

Newplane- To level and polish the frogs I use the same method as you would on the sole of the plane. I use silicone carbide/wet dry sandpaper on a flat surface (I use a piece of glass). I start at 180 grit (sometimes 120 if its really rough) and then work up to which ever grit I desire from there. To get that mirror like shine I go up to 2000 grit. I don’t know that such a high polish effects the use, you should at least go to 400 grit. I just go higher for the look. It can take a while to get it flat depending on how off the frog is. Some have taken me an hour or longer. Once I am done sanding it flat I put a heavy coat of paste wax on it to prevent rust.

To sand it flat you will have to remove the york pin. I use a nail set and just hammer the pin out. Usually it will come out rather easy, if not I use vice grips to pull it the rest of the way. I also try and remove the lateral adjustment lever. This is also held into place by a pin. Sometimes you can just knock it out. Other times it may need to be filed out from the back. Taking this off makes it much easier to sand the frog flat but if the lever is a pain to get out then I just leave it and work around it as best as I can.

Big Tiny- I am actually doing that now. I have a hand full of planes I am restoring now and when I am finished I will be listing them on ebay. Your right in that they wont sell for much when compared to the hours spent but I do get a lot of joy out of cleaning them and it gives me something to do during the winter. I do the restoring in my house because my shop is not heated. It will be nice to sell them off and know they are going back out as new planes to people and will get great use for many many more years.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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