New Stanley Handles

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Blog entry by cpd011 posted 02-25-2013 09:35 PM 2025 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently discovered he joy of using a handplane. While building my workbench I used a small tuned up $9.99 HF plane which worked very well. I then went on to borrow a very rusted Sargent No. 5 that a friend had. After cleaning and tuning that one up I was amazed at how quickly a handplane works. Much faster than sanding.

So I was hooked, I hit ebay I found a Stanley no. 5 and no. 7 for $35 and $30 respectively. Both needed some love and both had broken rear totes. The no. 7 has some grinder marks along on side(hence the price) but I bought them to be users. I used the toilet bowl cleaner and wire brush method for cleaning them up. Both were repainted. The handles that were on them were certainly usable but they made me a little sad. I picked up some maple and a little bit of mahogany, sandwiched them together and this is what I ended up with.

I think they turned out pretty well. The blades still need a little work. I don’t know what it is about fixing up old tools that I love. I hate rusty things.

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 09:47 PM

Cool stuff. Way to be unique! They are users afterall!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 12:49 AM

Great work. Its good to get them back to what they do best.

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

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 03:03 AM

I really like the totes and knobs on the planes. They look like racing stripes. Are you planning to put flames on the sides of the planes (just kidding)?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 07:17 AM

Love it. About the only reason I would want a lathe is to turn plane knobs;-) Welcome to the slippery slope. My guess is….you won’t stop at 3.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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