Handplane Treasure Trove #2: The first couple of planes re-furbished

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Blog entry by DouginVa posted 03-01-2013 11:19 PM 1812 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I got to work on some of the #4s from my treasure box. Below is a Dunlap #4. Not a particularly nice plane and it didn’t have a “major rust” problem. But there was some rust and plenty of grime. The iron looked like it had been used to open paint cans and drive screws.

That’s paint on the sole of the plane.

So everything got a dip in to an electrolysis bath, some scrubing with a wire wheel on a drill press, some scoth brite pads after the bath, sole lapping, and sharpening. I also flattened the chip breaker so it would sit flush with the iron. The sole of the plane had a weird twist to it, like it had warped. The initial strokes left a diagonal line across the sole from the scratch pattern from the sand paper that revealed freshly sanded metal and the metal that had not been touched by the sandpaper.

This was the first plane I’ve had that did that. Most have a hollowed out center, from years of use I suspect, but never a diagonal twist. Anyway, after a little extra work I got it all flat. The the sides were lapped to make it mostly flat. Finally all parts were sprayed with Top Coat to protect them from rust until a new buyer comes along.

These Dunlap planes don’t perform as well as Stanley. I took it for a test ride of a piece of red oak with the grain direction changing along the length of the board. You do feel a little bit of chatter while planing. but it still does a decent job with a good sharp iron.

The end result:

Next up….some of the block planes.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#1 posted 03-02-2013 12:02 AM

Nice work Doug! It looks like you painted the inside of the body too. What did you finish the wood with?

-- $tudie

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 12:05 AM

Didn’t paint the body, just cleaned it real well. The tote and knob were sanded down to bare wood…the shellac or laquer that was on it originally was real thick and most had flaked off. I stained it with a dark stain, oiled it, then a thin coat of urethane. I’ve had better results on wood on previous plane re-furbs but considering the condition of this wood I’m satisfied.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 04:30 AM

Lookin good. I love my 4 s

-- Ron in Kokomo

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 06:31 AM

Teak oil over Minwax stain is what I used on my last planes, for the wood parts anyway but I may go to wipe on poly from now on as 8 coats of teak oil = 2 coats of wipe on poly. Teak oil may be more flexible tho, easier to touch up.

-- $tudie

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