Stanley Bailey No.6 Restore

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Blog entry by Justin posted 10-02-2012 04:28 AM 1817 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my first planes was given to me by my uncle, It was not in the greatest shape. But i knew i could try and clean it up into working order if I put some time into it. After doing some quick research and finding a blog entry by one of the Lumberjocks members about how he restores planes, I began to strip it down and work on it.

Here are some pictures before:

And After:

More plane restores to come :)

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#1 posted 10-02-2012 05:44 PM

Looking good! The difference in the tote is especially noticeable.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 10-02-2012 06:14 PM

Thanks alot, yeah it looks night and day compared to how it first looked. Amazing what just sanding, and a coat of beeswax wood polish will do :)

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#3 posted 10-02-2012 06:17 PM

Nice job Justin, but we need the money shot of shavings coming outta that bad boy. Welcome to the gang.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 10-02-2012 08:28 PM

I’m currently in the process of restoring 2 planes myself. Which process did you use to remove the rust and paint? Evaporust, electrolysis, or sandblasting?

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#5 posted 10-02-2012 08:58 PM

Money shot of shavings to come soon.

The best way I found to remove rust on most of the pieces was simply a fine wire brush wheel for a bench grinder. The only parts that may be tough to do on a grinder are screws, bolts and washers but you can hold them somewhat safely using needle nose pliers.

If you do not have a bench grinder or a wire brush wheel for it I would use Evaporust or whatever process is easiest for you. I never even discovered Evaporust until after completing my first plane restore, but since then I have bought some and it does work very well. There are many different ways of doing it though. The fine wire brush wheels are nice because they do not scratch the metal, but take the rust off quite easily. Removing paint I use Heirloom (Heavy Body Paint and Varnish Remover) the gelled formula seemed to work quite well, and wire brush attachments for the drill work great for hard to reach areas.

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#6 posted 10-03-2012 12:33 AM

Nice to see it finally working. Need to do a bit more work sharpening the blade though.

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