Restoring Hand Planes.. My methods #19: An Extremely Rough Stanley #22 brought back to life...

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Blog entry by Dan posted 10-17-2011 01:17 AM 6862 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a rough one. Looking at it on the outside it looked pretty decent but once I took a peak on the inside I realized I was in for a challenge. There were times I didn’t think this one was going to see life again but that only made me work a little harder at saving it…

The metal parts of this plane were badly rusted. Possibly the worst I have seen personally. However it had a couple good things going for it. One good this was it was complete. All the parts and pieces were there and for the most part didn’t look damaged besides the rust… Another positive is the wood base was in rather good shape. I have restored about 6 other trans wood bottom planes and usually the wood has a lot of dents, paint splats and dirt covering it. This one was either sanded down long ago or it just was not used all that much. The wood was a grey color from age but it only took me a few min of sanding and it looked new again. That was nice because it gave me more time to work on the metal..

Here is what I had to work with..

The breaker was rusted solid to the iron.. The cap screw would not budge so I had to soak it with WD40 for a while before I was able to break it loose. The other big issue was the brass adjustment wheel. The screw that it turns on was so rusted that some of the threads rusted away making it impossible to remove the brass wheel without damaging it. I soaked that in WD40 and cleaned the threads with a wire brush. I managed to get the brass wheel to turn just far enough on the threads to still have it usable. Of coarse in time as the iron shortens it will no longer work as the wheel can only be backed up so far. I wont be using the plane enough for me to have to ever worry about it though.

All the metal parts were soaked over night in EvapoRust. As they soaked the wood part of the plane was finished with a few coats of Shellac.

The EvapoRust worked great. Best product ever for rust. The EvapoRust took care of most of the rust and the rest I took off with wire brush and sand paper… Once I could see the iron I realized this is now probably my oldest plane. The iron is a very early type and its the first time I have got a plane with that type iron.

I had to lap the back of the iron for a while to get through all the pitting and get it flat. That took me a few hours. I just waxed all the metal parts and put it back together. After a little while I got it all adjusted and the plane works great.

I really like the size of this plane.. I don’t really use any of my wood bottom planes because they are very tricky to adjust and get to cut right… This one however seems to work pretty well and its very comfortable to hold in one hand. Its almost like a big block plane.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Don W

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 01:44 AM

that was one nasty rust bucket. Nice restoration.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 01:49 AM

Wow, great restore job. You have a vision for what they can be.

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#3 posted 10-17-2011 01:57 AM

You are very good at restoring hand planes. I tip my hat to you Sir.
Here is a tip, when searching craigslist under tools search for – plains seems that many people spell plane that way. Also they get far fewer hits because of the spelling and you have a better chance of getting a bargain, worked for me, could work for you.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 10-17-2011 04:08 AM

Well done, I would have probably chucked that one. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 10-17-2011 05:24 AM

Ugly Duckling 4 sure, nice rebirth enjoy using…BC

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Joe Watson

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#6 posted 10-17-2011 05:26 PM

wow that was in terrible shape good job getting it back in shaving form. i have one just like it i still have issues with it and chatter.

-- Got Wood?

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#7 posted 10-17-2011 09:43 PM

I’m afraid I’m with Wayne, it would gone in the bin. Nice job Dan.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 10-17-2011 09:51 PM

Dan, I wouldn’t have even given that plane a first look let a lone bought it and if I got it in a box lot, it would not have even got in the garage. Nice job, you are amazing!!!

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#9 posted 10-17-2011 10:43 PM

niiiice job with that one Dan :-)
you deffently knows your magic formula spells
but where is your magic wand


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#10 posted 10-17-2011 10:45 PM

I got the plane off ebay and the seller only had a single photo of the plane together. From the outside it looked like it was in fair shape. Had I seen the rust damage to the frog and other metal parts I would have passed on it. I don’t blame the seller because I was the one who took the gamble bidding on the item with the one photo.. It was also pretty cheap.

I also like a good challenge… Had parts been missing or broken I doubt I would have tried to replace or fix them.

The other thing that interested me was the age of the plane. I don’t have a type study for the trans planes but I know thats a really old iron thats seen in the earliest types of the metal planes.

The evapo rust really did the brunt of the work…. Thats why I put that product over so much…

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#11 posted 10-17-2011 11:00 PM

The uglier the better! This made me smile.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 10-18-2011 02:58 PM

This one also made me smile.
I am not sure I would have not just trashed it (given up), but now it is a real gem, you really managed to bring life to it.
Really wonderful!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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