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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-17-2015 06:43 PM 1566 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got this ugly looking thing in the mail today..

Yep, that be a sewing thread spool. The top of the bolt for the spool was from a saw nut. Went and ordered a new brass end for that bolt…

Not the best repair on the handle, but it is solid, maybe later I can re-do the repair….

Well, this is going to be fun….stuff that isn’t rusty, has a coat of clearcoat….hate clearcoat. Took the plane shaped item to the shop, and started a tear-down

Don’t be fooled by that shine…that is just the clearcoat showing up. I might have thrown the spool away. I got the power tools all ready to go….drill press and the wire wheels?

Check! Sander set up upside down in the vise?

Mainly used the sander to strip off that nasty clearcoat junk. It also help tune the sole up, and get the sides cleaned up. All the smaller parts came off. A small pair of visegrips to hold onto them. Have had one too many parts go into “orbit” trying to hold on with fingers. Kept the parts in a small pile, and clean each with the drill press.

A 1’ x 30” narrow beltsander was used on some of the flat parts. It also help tune the chipbreaker, and did some of the sharpening on the cutter. Big beltsander worked on the sides and sole

And the wire wheels worked on the inside. Until most of the rust had left..

Where the frog seated to the base got a little extra work..

After a few drops of oil into the threaded openings, a bit of black paint came onboard..

While awaiting the paint to dry, worked on the iron a bit more. Edge needed to be squared to the sides. Back needed flattened. Found a “new” front knob, and bolt. Once the overspray had been cleaned off, time to put the plane back together..

Brass now looks like brass. One patent date in front of the handle, frog adjust bolt is shined up.

Frog looks better. There is a STANLEY stamped into the lateral lever. Set the frog coplanar with the small ramp in the base. Added the iron and chipbreaker..

Chipbreaker is set 1/64” back from the edge. Added the lever cap

Keyhole shaped slot. STANLEY cast into the cap. No sign of any paint. Set up a test track

Not too bad, for now. There is a “BAILEY” in front of the knob, and a No. 4 behind the knob. Will spend a bit of time trying to “Type” this model…..and age?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 09-17-2015 09:08 PM

Well, here is what I can tell you, Stanley/ Bailey #4 smoother plane. By the looks of the frog seat my guess is that it’s a 50’s model? ... but check the Stanley Plane site to be sure, or ask Don on this site … He’s the guru of hand planes.
I have a couple of them that I use a lot.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 09-17-2015 09:21 PM

Well, found out the iron is from 1909 or so

Rest of the plane seems to be a Type 13.

Knob is a loaner, until I can find, or turn a proper type 13 high knob. The older iron is getting about used up. This plane should have had a SW iron in it.

Seems to work ok, all things considered….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 09-17-2015 09:52 PM

Another plane, brought back from the depths of despair.

Carry on…. Keep up the good work….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 09-17-2015 10:50 PM

I never tire of seeing new life put back in old planes.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#5 posted 09-17-2015 11:06 PM

Very nicely done.

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#6 posted 09-17-2015 11:30 PM

Bandit, maybe you need to start a topic: Hand Tool Repair FAIL! Sue has some pictures she could post on it!
You amaze me with how fast you get these wrecks back into working condition! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 09-18-2015 11:31 AM

Good to see another plane brought back to useable condition.
That thread spool knob was unique, gotta give previous owner points for that one !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 09-18-2015 12:59 PM

I really like the thread spool knob that came with it. I may just throw away all those ugly original knobs on my Stanley collection and replace them all with those. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 09-18-2015 04:40 PM

Even old wood thread spools are getting harder to find these days.
Nice plane refurb!

-- Ed

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