Restoring Hand Planes.. My methods #24: A collection of before/after photos of planes I have restored

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Blog entry by Dan posted 08-09-2012 08:48 PM 9743 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 23: Stanley #34 completely restored. The longest jointer that Stanley made. Part 24 of Restoring Hand Planes.. My methods series Part 25: Very rough horned wood plane given a new life. »

Rather then doing a separate blog on all of these I figured it would be easier to just post a blog of before and after shots of some of my plane restorations… Some of these have been completely restored and some just cleaned up and tuned.

Stanley #40 1/2 Scrub Plane

Stanley #10 Bench Rabbet Plane

Stanley #113 Compass Plane

Stanley #78 Rabbet Plane

Wooden Skew Rabbet plane (Gift from fellow LJ Member)

Stanley #45 Combination Plane

Sargent #2204 Small Steel Block Plane

Vaughn & Bushnell #703? (iron and lever cap are not original to plane) No before picture.

Thats all for now… I will finish with a family photo of my growing collection.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 09:02 PM

Nice! Dan I’m actually surprised that all of your planes would fit on that bench. Are you sure there arent some more stashed away somewhere?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 09:10 PM

Outstanding resurrections as always Dan.

That family shot is still impressive.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 09:19 PM

That is quite the family photo.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 10:22 PM

Looks like 70+ in your family. Ain’t it fun ? And it doesn’t take all that long to get that many…....I KNOW all to well.
Hope you enjoy adding to the family of planes as much as I did.

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

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 10:23 PM

nice work Dan. I love the photos. Your building quit a collection.

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

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 10:58 PM

Bravo, bravo! great work on these sir. Your family is growing quickly, thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 08-09-2012 11:17 PM

Dan you need a intervention or my mailing address…lol nice collection of planes…Blkcherry

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#8 posted 08-10-2012 12:04 AM

Yer jus plane good Dan. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 08-10-2012 12:54 AM

Nice collection,, I suffer from the same “sickness” I dont have nearly that many, but am working on it.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#10 posted 08-10-2012 03:27 AM

WOW Dan, that is quite a collection. I bet you never have time to use them all… lol.
Your #40 and #10 are on my wish list too. Nice restores on all of them.
Unfortunately, I have been bitten by the hand plane bug myself and am just starting out. Just bought a #3 and #5 1/2C in the past month. I have a lot more I want. DARN sickness. Glad to see I don’t have it as bad as others….yet.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#11 posted 08-16-2012 08:00 PM

Interesting that you did away with the handle on the wooden skew rabbet.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#12 posted 08-16-2012 08:23 PM

Scott, you cant really tell from the before picture but the tote on the skewed rabbet was toast. It had been broken in 3 places and it was also nailed back together in a couple spots. Chunks of the bottom were missing and there was no way I could have restored the tote. I started making a new one and it was a little tricky because the bottom of the tote fits in a mortise thats cut in the plane. I spent a good deal of time getting a blank cut out to fit the mortise but when I went to shape it the damn thing snapped on me. I was being a bit rough with the rasp I guess… I didn’t want to spend another min on it so I just cut it off even with the body and decided to go toteless… Its perfectly comfortable to hold while using it without the tote there though.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#13 posted 10-08-2014 03:21 PM

I’m restoring a bailey #5 and am having difficulty shining and polishing the blade, chip breaker and lever cap. Can you offer any insight as to what you’ve done to address steel components that gave you trouble? How do you evaluate/determine if these components have the potential to shine? Which factors make you temper your expectations about how shiny these components will get? Pitting, etc?
Thank you!

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