Stanley 51/52 Shooting Plane #2: Progress on the clean up

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Blog entry by Pjonesy posted 06-20-2017 05:22 AM 3199 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In between other things I have been cleaning this piece of treasure very carefully so as not to destroy the originality of the item. Cleaning the rust off and still leaving the original machine marks is quite time consuming. The following pictures show progress so far. I still need to clean up wing nuts and other small parts, probably use electrolysis to do this. to the parts that have no existing finishes like nickel or zinc.
Stanley 51/52 Shooting Plane. 5 photo IMG_7243_zpsoc4vcudf.jpg
Stanley 51/52 Shooting Plane. 2 photo IMG_7247_zps3lbcrtdn.jpg
Stanley 51/52 Shooting Plane. 1 photo IMG_7245_zpsdjasm11v.jpg
According to records I have checked the plane was manufactured between 1907-10 judging by the Stanley stamp on the blade, see below
Stanley 51/52 Shooting Plane. 3 photo IMG_7253_zpsaqow4gwd.jpg
Next picture is of the hold down bracket I have acquired. It is not original but is a copy off an original one. It is cast iron. Does any one have an original bracket like this that is japanned black, also with the wing nut and bolt?
Stanley 51/52 Shooting Plane. 4 photo IMG_7252_zpsgzz8rzbh.jpg
A plane in similar condition to mine just sold on E-Bay for $1130.00US or about $1490.00 AU

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#1 posted 06-20-2017 08:30 AM

It’s pleasing to see folk restore and save old tools which were quality built..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 06-20-2017 11:12 AM

That is an impressive plane…Will be watching your restoration.

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#3 posted 06-20-2017 01:54 PM

Wonderful plane. Lucky to have you as it’s steward.

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#4 posted 06-20-2017 04:05 PM

At least you have the T-bolt! Great find, and I agree with WayneC’s comments in full.

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#5 posted 06-20-2017 10:31 PM

Crikey , maybe I should take another look at some old planes I have above my bar
just in case they are more valueable than I thought

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#6 posted 06-20-2017 11:50 PM

If you have some old Stanley tools mainly the USA made items you should check the value of them.
Stanley No 1 Smoothing Planes depending on type can be worth between US$1000.00-2800.00.
Miller’s 1872 patent Carpenters Plow Planes in cast iron US$8000.00-16,000.00 and in bronze $10-20,000.00.

Crikey , maybe I should take another look at some old planes I have above my bar
just in case they are more valueable than I thought

- snapper1

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