Beginner Plane Restoration

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Blog series by bbasiaga updated 02-18-2018 08:35 PM 6 parts 8819 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Why I decided to do this, and my initial impressions of the plane

05-28-2015 06:11 AM by bbasiaga | 6 comments »

I recently came up with a project idea that will benefit from the use of a hand plane. Unfortunately, I don’t have one! After hours of research on old threads here, and soliciting some great feedback on a thread of my own, I had all but decided to buy a Veritas #3 low angle smoother. Then, my wife’s job situation became quite unstable. While we are working that out, I thought I could spend a small amount of money and give a restoration a try. I have the time (projects on ho...

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Part 2: Stanley No 65 Plane Clean Up and Rust Removal

05-31-2015 12:05 AM by bbasiaga | 0 comments »

Here is the next installment in my restoration. This time through, I will go through cleaning up the parts and rust removal. I will talk about what chemicals I used and you will see how it all worked out. Part 3 will follow sometime soon.

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Part 3: Polishing, and the Depth Adjustment Screw

06-02-2015 12:55 AM by bbasiaga | 0 comments »

In this one, you will see how I polished the knobs and other parts. I also walk through what I learned about the depth adjustment mechanism. Thanks! Brian

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Part 4: Flattening and Sharpening

06-03-2015 07:50 PM by bbasiaga | 0 comments »

Part 4. The restoration is basically complete. You can see me flatten the bottom, and begin my skill development in the sharpening department. Frustration and success abound! The last part will come along shortly with one more problem I didn’t realize I had until some fellow LJs helped me diagnose the problem. -Brian

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Part 5: Beginner Plane Restoration #5: Results and Conclusion

01-08-2017 02:28 PM by bbasiaga | 0 comments »

Its been a LONG time, but I’ve finally delivered on the final part of my hand plane restoration. Watch to see how it turned out, and to find out if the results led to deeper in to the use of hand planes or not. Thanks for watching!

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Part 6: Stanley No 5 1/2 type 16

02-18-2018 08:35 PM by bbasiaga | 1 comment »

Sometimes you want this: But all that’s in your wallet is this: So you buy this: And, with a bunch of sweat equity, turn it in to this: This is now the 3rd plane I’ve ‘restored’. As you can see, I don’t go full out. I still like them to look old and don’t mind if there is some (or a lot) of patina and missing paint. So why did I do this? The pictures above tell the story. I saw the LN 5 1/2 at their hand tool event. The...

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