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Another Hand Plane Rehab #4: Some Hardware Stuff

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Blog entry by HokieKen posted 09-13-2021 01:26 PM 1025 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Man, it’s been a while! I’ve had so little shop time lately and none of it has been unspoken for, so rehabbing this plane hasn’t been on the agenda. But, I had a couple of hours yesterday and I started to clean and straighten the shop up. The bench grinder that I use for wire brushing and buffing was sitting out and I was about to put it up. Then the little cup that was holding all the hardware for this plane caught my eye… So I figured it made sense to do a little cleanup and polishing before I put the grinder away :-)

For the most part, nothing I did with this stuff is any different from the way I did back when I wrote this blog post. So I’m not going to rehash the basics. But a few things came up that I felt warranted an addendum in this blog :-)

First I’ll touch on the brass bits since in my original blog series there weren’t any. I leave the cylindrical nuts from the knob and tote on the threaded rods and chuck them up in my drill press and use some fine scotchbrite to remove tarnish. Then I polish them on a cotton buffing wheel on my grinder. Sorry, didn’t think to take pics… But there are pics in the blog post I linked of steel parts done in the same fashion.

I normally use a wire brush in the drill press to clean up the depth adjuster. But I saw how Sansoo22 does it a while back and thought I’d give that a go. So I chucked a brush up in the drill press and put a little Brasso inside the recess.

I gently cleaned up the inside this way and repeated as Sansoo suggested with a different brush on the outside. Then I polished up the outside on my buffing wheel. I wasn’t happy with the swirl marks left in the recess (I probably need a finer brush with smaller wires) so I put the brush back on and put a blue paper towel over the end and repeated with a little more Brasso.

It didn’t polish out as nicely as the outside but it is plenty good enough. If I want it shinier, I’ll get out my dremel tool with a small cotton buffing bit and some compound. It’s not highly visible when the plane’s assembled though so I’m not worrying with it.

So then the brass bits were done.

I just realized those cylindrical nuts look horrible in that ^ picture :-( They’re actually slicker than eel snot and super shiny. Which is why they’re reflecting stuff in my shop and making ugly dark spots. We’ll try to remember another picture of those when the plane is done and assembled ;-)

All of the little steel bits were pretty straightforward with a couple of little quirks. Apparently a previous owner of this plane only had one screwdriver and tried to use it on all of the screws. The slots were in horrible shape on most of them. I rectified that on the non-visible screws with a needle file not being overly concerned with appearance. But, on the little round head screw that secures the toe of the tote, I went a little further. It looked pretty bad from an improper screw camming out of the slot:

So, I used a really fine belt on my belt grinder to try to smooth the shape of the screw head back as much as possible without removing too much material.

I was still left with a remnant of the injury but didn’t want to take any more material off.

The screw that holds the chipbreaker and iron together was inexplicably mangled.

Apparently a too-small screwdriver cammed out several times on this one. And pliers were maybe used to remove it a time or two? I hated to grind down far enough to remove all of that but this one’s not visible and it made me feel better to have it smooth so I did it anyway ;-p

The slot ended up pretty shallow but I don’t think it’ll be any issue at all using a properly sized screwdriver. If it is though, I’ll cut the slot a little deeper or make a replacement screw.

After all the steel bits are done, I put them back in a cup and soak them really good in some CRC-336 until it’s time to reassemble the plane.

I figured I might as well go ahead and put the completed components back together though so there are less bits and pieces floating about :-)

I didn’t take pictures but I also polished up the lever cap yesterday. It’s not as pretty as I’d like but the paint in the recess behind the name is complete and the nickel plating is well-preserved and nearly complete even if a little splotchy and dull. I’ve yet to find a good way to even out the appearance of the plating so I’m going to leave it as-is.

All that’s left to do now is check and tune the fit between the chipbreaker and the iron and refinish the wood. The horn is broken off the tote so that’s the biggest chore left to finish up this guy. Hopefully I’ll get to that before 2022…

Thanks for reading!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA



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Notw

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#1 posted 09-13-2021 03:00 PM

I like to put the screws in a drill (drill press would also work) and then i can run through several grits pretty quick to get them cleaned and somewhat polished.

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#2 posted 09-13-2021 03:33 PM

You “almost” make me want to get and restore more planes:) Must be the blurry Pic. thought I see some dust on the Hog?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 09-13-2021 03:59 PM

She’s a little dirty Andre but she’s got matte paint so she never shines ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#4 posted 09-13-2021 07:54 PM

I find that unless there is a bunch of grime on the surface, the brass polish (my bottle is about 30 years old) will get it plenty shiny. If there is some grime, especially in the knurling, I find that these bristle disks for a Dremel are gentle enough that they don’t make any scratches that the brass polish won’t buff out.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 09-13-2021 07:55 PM



You “almost” make me want to get and restore more planes:) Must be the blurry Pic. thought I see some dust on the Hog?

- Andre

I am surprised he hasn’t added at touch of red to his hog so that it fits in with his MF collection.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 09-14-2021 08:08 AM

That is beautiful!

-- Petey

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#7 posted 09-14-2021 11:54 AM


You “almost” make me want to get and restore more planes:) Must be the blurry Pic. thought I see some dust on the Hog?

- Andre

I am surprised he hasn t added at touch of red to his hog so that it fits in with his MF collection.

- Lazyman

My neck accents it nicely.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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489tad

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#8 posted 09-15-2021 01:15 PM

The same thing happens to me. I start cleaning the shop and I get sidetracked. It’s never as productive as your plane rehab. Good job.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 09-15-2021 11:36 PM

I haven’t attempted to make a new tote yet. I’d like to see what you come up with.

-- Nicholas

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HokieKen

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#10 posted 09-16-2021 12:23 PM



I haven t attempted to make a new tote yet. I d like to see what you come up with.

- nicksmurf111

I don’t intend to replace the tote on this one Nick. The only problem is a broken horn and I have some wood that will match up well so I’ll repair it by doing something along these lines.

I have made a tote in the past though and intend to make a few more in the future. It’s not as daunting as it seems once you get the method down. Order of operations is key to getting the holes drilled in the right spots. After that it’s just a little bandsaw work and whole lot of rasp/sandpaper work ;-) Here's a good tutorial from DonW on making one.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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Lazyman

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#11 posted 09-16-2021 12:53 PM

Kenny, do you know if it is really true that the Stanley #5 and up totes are all the same? The tote on my stanley number 7 is wonky and if I cannot de-wonk it, I may have to make another.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 09-16-2021 01:11 PM

Yes

-- Nicholas

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#13 posted 09-16-2021 01:34 PM



Kenny, do you know if it is really true that the Stanley #5 and up totes are all the same? The tote on my stanley number 7 is wonky and if I cannot de-wonk it, I may have to make another.

- Lazyman

I think probably so Nathan. The Lee Valley tenplates have a single template for #5 and up. And when I was looking for a model to pattern the horn on this plane after, it looks like everything from my #14 up through this #24 are identical. Which makes sense. Just because the planes get bigger, hands don’t;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#14 posted 09-16-2021 01:35 PM

Also look at the link to Don’s tutorial. He addresses “dewonking” if it’s the same issue you have.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#15 posted 09-16-2021 02:56 PM

Thanks. I will check Don’s tutorial but I think that this is probably a tote that a previous owner made or possibly was made for another plane. It looks nice but they made it so it sits a little too far forward AND they didn’t put the forward screw in it so it swivels ever so slightly, which is a little disconcerting with its heft when I pick it up from the rack I just made for it. It does have a small hole just in the bottom presumably for a plane that has the little nub instead of a screw. Of course that is in the wrong place for the screw so I can’t just drill it through.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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