First Bedrock Restoration

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Blog entry by ShaneA posted 01-03-2012 02:00 AM 3239 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a newcomer when it comes to planes, but I feel I have learned a lot on this site in the last few months. Thanks to all those who have helped/enabled me. This is the first time I have tried to restore and tune up a Stanley Bedrock plane. It is a 606c that I was able to but off of Ebay. When I got it, it was incredibly dirty and grimey. Kind of like the inside of a chainsaw where sawdust and grease come together. After I was I able to clean the plane, I sanded and removed the rusting japannig. I was able to remove the lateral adjustment lever, and pin from the yoke so that I could flatten the frog area where it mates with the blade and the sole as well. To my suprise when I began to flatten the sole area where the frog mates, there was very little contact. About 1/8” on both sides, but after some rubbing and sanding I had what looked to be a large flat mating area. I tried to remove the grind marks from the side of the plane, and in doing so, revealed what looks like a phone number on one side. The owner’s marks on the other side of the plane were way to deep to be removed or even attempted. I used naval jelly and sandpaper to get the sides cleaned and shined up. I went up to 1000 grit on the sides and lever cap. I repainted the sole of the plane, sanded and refinished the knob/tote with a coat of tung oil and sprayed it with lacquer.

I am also a newcomer to sharpening as well. I have a ws3000 but the iron is too wide to use without an attachment, which I do not have. So I made an attempt to use my waterstones. I have not tried to use a micro bevel before, but I put one on both sides of this iron. When I went to test it on the hair on the back of my hand, it shaved it clean and painless in one pass. Put the plane all back together and gave it a test run. To my suprise it performed way better than my expectation. Smooth, thin shavings, with no tear out. I love it.

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#1 posted 01-03-2012 02:02 AM

What a beauty!!!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 02:09 AM

Good job, Shane!!

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 02:18 AM


-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 02:36 AM


-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 02:50 AM

Nice one…wow….enjoy the shavings my friend.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 05:16 AM

You’ve set the bar high Shane. Simply gorgeous.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 01-03-2012 05:08 PM

Nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-04-2012 04:33 PM

Sounds like you restored this one after watching the dvd I sent you :) You did a great job, looks amazing. I put a micro bevel on most of my bench planes. It helps me know when I have reached the edge all the way.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 01-04-2012 04:34 PM

What an improvement!

Great job.


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#10 posted 01-05-2012 07:32 PM

Great refurb. You are hooked. There is no return or looking back. It never ends.
repeat after me
Hello my name is Shane I am a user not a collector.
The addiction has started. There is no 12 step program. hahahahahahahahahaha

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 07:40 PM

I agree Dave, there should be a program. Because I am thinking I already need help…nothing a new plane wont fix!

Thanks for all the kind words guys.

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