Handplane restoration

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Blog entry by Reinan posted 03-02-2019 03:15 PM 450 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A year or so ago my dad decided it was time for me to have my great grandfathers planes, a Stanley no. 3 and a Siegley no. 7. Both had been sitting in his shed for the better part of 2 decades and had been largely forgotten about.

They were it pretty rough shape, though considering they are 80-100 years old, I suppose that could be expected somewhat. Recently, I decided it was time to do something about it.

After disassembly and a soak in evaporust, I could see that I was in for a longer project than I initially envisioned. With broken totes, areas of rust that were more than surface, and badly chipped paint these were going to need a complete restoration. A call to my uncle and a couple hours using his blasting cabinet I had them down to bare castings.

I have the Stanley leveled and ready to paint, and am still working on leveling the Seigley.

It’s a tedious process, but bring back to life my great grandfathers tools is something that is really important to me as a fellow woodworker.

-- -Russ

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#1 posted 03-11-2019 05:17 PM

You have done a great job of illustrating your restoration process, especially the parts photos taken on a green towel. They will probably be around in another 80-100 years.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#2 posted 03-11-2019 07:04 PM

Looks like you’re making good progress.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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