Hand planes #4: Stanley SW no 5 Antique Mall resto

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Blog entry by Mike54Ohio posted 03-22-2017 03:08 PM 1054 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally got around to attacking the restoration on the SW no 5 I picked up at the antique mall last month. The biggest issue was that the tote was broken at the horn and I had never attempted a repair on that type of damage before. I only had to give $11 for the plane when I scored it – the blade and cap iron etc were pretty rusty.
Before pics:

I threw all the small stuff into evaporust for clean-up and decided to try something different on the plane sole for rust removal. I coated the whole bottom of the sole with TB III (thick layer) and let it cure overnight (Thanks to Tim I think). The next day I took a putty knife and started to lift one edge and then you can peel the entire layer of glue off in one pull basically with most of the rust coming with it. Finished up by a WD 40 and steel wool session to clean up any residual rust issues. It worked pretty well. On the tote, I just glued a chunk of wood to the broken section (did not have any rosewood-color mismatch patch) and then shaped it with block plane, rasps and sandpaper to desired shape.

Here is the finished product-I’m happy with it

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 03-22-2017 05:30 PM

Nice work. Your restoration on the tote looks very clean. If you ever attempt it again, it’s sometimes better to match grain direction for the strongest bond. As is, you’re gluing end grain to side grain, which can form a weaker bond. Yours will hopefully never come apart, though, since it’s such a small piece. Really good work with this one! Keep it up.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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