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Blog series by Don W updated 12-20-2014 09:36 PM 29 parts 143892 reads 327 comments total

Part 1: My #6 Restore.

05-16-2011 10:48 PM by Don W | 7 comments »

I found this Stanley #6 in a flee market. I paid a whopping $10 for it. This is my first restore blog, but not my first plane restore. I’ve learned a little, and need to learn a lot more. So here it was: I haven’t totally figured out my way of doing all of this, so sometimes I try several different ways. To flatten the sole, I start with sandpaper on my table saw top. If it looks like its going to take a lot, I move to the Ryobi sander, then back to finish on the ta...

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Part 2: Millers Falls #18 a prelude to the #6

05-17-2011 01:55 AM by Don W | 5 comments »

So, I wanted a #6 but didn’t want to spend much on it. I bid $15 on this Millers Falls on ebay. My thought was to use it until I found a Stanley #6 and resell it, hopefully for a profit from the restore. Well you probably already know I found an even cheaper Stanley #6, but I’ve had this Millers Falls 18 for a while now. I love this plane. The #6 is to new to know how it compares, but this Millers Falls has found a place in my collection. It just seems to hang very nicely. So f...

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Part 3: A Scrub and Jack back to service

11-19-2011 08:08 PM by Don W | 10 comments »

I’ve been looking at the #40 Stanley for a while. When I saw a couple of planes on Ebay that needed some TLC and seemed to be a reasonable price, I pulled the trigger. They came as a lot, along with a very nice 220 block. I haven’t repainted the Stanley #40 yet. I’m not sure if I will or not. What you see in the picture that looks like rust is just the fluid film. I’m not sure why the picture make it a “rusty” color. Here are the before pictur...

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Part 4: Infill Jack (well almost)

02-25-2012 10:15 PM by Don W | 11 comments »

I’ve been working on this for 6 or 8 months. I’d do a little, loose interest, and set it back on the shelf. It sat so long I wound up using the frog, blade, cap iron and cap for another plane long since forgotten. The current frog has a broken top, so the lateral adjustment lever is gone. I will need to find 2. One for the nice #4 it came from and a replacement for this one. The infill is made from ash. The front knob was a broken knob off a transitional. I had originally plann...

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Part 5: Stanley A5

05-23-2011 01:13 PM by Don W | 4 comments »

I don’t have any “before” pictures of this one. It was in pretty rough shape, but cleaned up pretty easy. It works pretty well and I find myself reaching for it more than I anticipated. Someday I’d like to pick up the A4 and A6 as well, but they are a bit pricey and I have several #4’s and #6’s. It seems Patrick Leach didn’t seem to care for these aluminum versions, but this one stays in my collection.

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Part 6: Wood Bodied Fillister restored.

03-30-2012 03:29 PM by Don W | 9 comments »

Before More photo's and info

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Part 7: The #7

06-06-2011 03:48 PM by Don W | 15 comments »

I’ve been searching for a #7 for a while now. I finally stumbled onto one in and antique shop that was within my acceptable price range. My wife and I was riding the bike through southern Vermont and stopped at this small shop. I wound up walking away with a nice #3 and a #7. How great is it to combine two pleasurable pass-times in one afternoon. The nice thing about woodworking as a hobby, is you can work as inspiration strikes. Yesterday I was working on the drawers for my new (wel...

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Part 8: Solar Mfg Co #3

06-29-2011 01:15 AM by Don W | 7 comments »

Interesting story to tell. I was headed out this afternoon to run some errands. We stopped at an antique mall that we stop at a lot. Several of the vendors have some nice tools, but they are typically very pricey. Today I found this plane for $12, it was marked Solar Mfg Co. on the blade and that was the only marking. I can’t find any information on it. Its a little unusual to find a #3 like this. Something about this plane told me to take it home. The real reason I wanted it was...

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Part 9: The #4 FrankenPlane

08-29-2011 01:57 AM by Don W | 4 comments »

My Dad always kept a well used military rifle with a cheap scope sighted in and stuck away in the gun cabinet. Every year one of the neighbors, or neighbors kids would stop by wanting to borrow a deer rifle. Not wanting to let out one of his “good” deer rifles, he would gladly hand over the dully worn but fully functional piece put together for just that occasion. Well, just in case somebody stops by my shop and want to borrow a #4 smoother, I thought I’d put together a p...

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Part 10: Another #6, its the worst one yet.

07-31-2011 11:32 PM by Don W | 5 comments »

So, I decided to try to restore this Stanley #6 I picked up at a flee market. This was in the worst condition of anything I’ve restored yet, but I figured I’d give it a go. It’s my third Stanley #6, but it was the challenge calling my name. First I tried to remove the broken screw on the front knob. I tried an easy out and wound up with a broken easy out in the riser as well. Plan B, which was now being devised was to grind off the riser, and braze a bolt on in its...

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Part 11: Its a 4 1/2

07-01-2011 03:31 AM by Don W | 8 comments »

Today, when I buy tools it will usually be for one of two reasons. The first is the obvious. I need the tool to perform a function. The second reason, not quite as understandable, I like to rehab tools. I relate it to someone stopping after running over a squirrel, and nursing it back to health. I have a need to nurse some of these tool back to health. Hand planes are a perfect combination of usability, collectability, and rehabability. I never know what I’ll find, or what will need ...

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Part 12: Let's trick out a type 21 #4

07-03-2012 12:58 PM by Don W | 18 comments »

Ok, I know type 21 isn’t really a type, its actually the type after the last type, but then we know most types are a bit vague anyhow. I am always a little saddened by some statements I hear about the later Stanley planes. Although some of it is justified, most of it can be easily overcome and all can be fixed to make a great user plane. I think overlooking these later planes leaves a whole set of possibilities off the table. Some of the things I like about the later plane...

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Part 13: My Stanley #8

05-28-2011 01:33 AM by Don W | 14 comments »

Well, my sand blaster finally arrived and I managed to find some “shop” time to see how it worked. The plan was to test it out on the Stanley #8 I managed to win off of eBay. I paid about $28 for this, so I am hoping for the best. I setup a temporary booth for the sandblaster. And then off to the sandblasting. I used screened play sand. It worked fairly well. I had occasional clogs, but nothing that was too bad. It would be interesting to know if...

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Part 14: A Sargent Shaw Patent #15

08-25-2012 11:16 PM by Don W | 14 comments »

I made some awesome scores at the Madison Bouckville antique festival this year. Maybe you’ve already seen the Stanley #1 I found, or the Sargent 307, or the Ulmia #25? Well today I cleaned up the Sargent #15. I’ve never had a Sargent #15, or any of the shaw patents before. I’ve also started a sort of fondness for Sargent. I absolutely love their block planes. I’m not a big fan of the typical 40x series and thought the Sargent bench plane series was a bust until I s...

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Part 15: 2 new Sargent Hand Planes (#708, #415)

09-09-2012 01:54 PM by Don W | 10 comments »

I post this yesterday on my blog but didn’t get a chance to post it here, so I’ll add the 2 new Sargent planes together. The #708 is posted here. I bought this plane because it came with some others that I made a deal on. It didn’t have a iron and it sat for a while. After doing some research I found out these go for a quit a bit of money, so I figured I find a blade and get it working. The #708 is a #3 size smoother. After looking around a bit and emailing a few people, ...

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Part 16: An unexpected Stanley #4 type 11

09-09-2012 04:55 PM by Don W | 11 comments »

So my wife says to me this sunday morning, “I’ve got some cleaning to do” which is my queue to get lost. Thinking its a nice sunday afternoon coming and we might want to take a motorcycle ride, I wasn’t looking to start any large projects. In the pile of rust ridden planes looking to be restored was type 11 #4. Now I’ve got a nice type 11 #4C in my collection of type 11s, so the #4 would fit nicely. The tote was broke in half and the bottom half was totally m...

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Part 17: Taber Plane Company–New Bedford Ma.

09-13-2012 12:31 PM by Don W | 9 comments »

Once in a while, it takes some time to stumble onto the information to tie it together. What is it you say? Well sometimes it depend. A few month ago I bought this plane because it was cheap, and it just looked cool. More pictures and info here, It took some time to stumble onto information that led what I had. It seems this was manufactured by the Taber Plane Co. in New Bedford Ma. in ...

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Part 18: A Stanley #45. Finding a home.

11-23-2011 01:03 AM by Don W | 23 comments »

After posting that I was looking for a Stanley #45 on LJ’s, a fellow member mentioned he had one, but it needed all the accessories. It wasn’t long after it showed up in the mail. After a long time trying, I finally scored some additional cutters for the 45. I bid on a lot, and got beat a lot. But finally I prevailed and these showed up in the mail. Next was the longer rods. I recently won a set and they should be on their way here, so it was time to figure ...

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Part 19: A Stanley #45 resurrected.

12-12-2012 09:52 PM by Don W | 24 comments »

“What in the world was I thinkin”? My $7 #45 came, but man was it rusty. This will be the first restore I’ve done that required a massive amount of fire. Even after soaking some of the parts for 2 days in evapo-rust, it still took a hefty flame to convince them to come apart. -- --And me, trying to get it apart. Is it hot in here? -- - Only broke one bolt, and still managed to get the remnants of that out.-- - But after soakin...

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Part 20: Bailey Tool Co. #17 Restoration

06-07-2013 06:28 PM by Don W | 15 comments »

This is a sub-set of pictures posted on my blog I bought my first Bailey Tool Co hand plane . I’ve been researching the Bailey plane with little success finding information outside of the Stanley part of the story. Its a defiance #17. Made by Bailey Tool Co. which was owned by Selden A Bailey and William Bailey (no relation to Leonard Bailey). Located in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It’s 21” long, so I’d assume that’s like a #7. So I don’t really plan to use this plan...

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Part 21: Yes, the Pre-lateral may need some extra love.

07-09-2013 12:14 AM by Don W | 27 comments »

Its been a while since I’ve written a restoration blog, so I figured I’d document this possible save. I’ve started finding a few pre-laterals and kind of like them. My “collector” status has risen to a new level so I don’t mind working on something that will be for history’s sake only. I found this #5 in an antique shop. It wasn’t marked and I had a few other items so I asked the owner what he wanted. The conversation went something like thi...

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Part 22: Checkering the Tote

07-06-2012 11:23 PM by Don W | 33 comments »

So after posting this I had some request to show better detail on checkering. It had been a while since I checkered, but I have several firearms I did several years ago. This is just a few. So lets look at how we would do this on a plane tote. First we need some files. I have 2 sets, 18 lines per inch and 22 lines per inch. I’m using the 18, again, because its been a while. The four files are as follows, a 4 line cutt...

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Part 23: Expect the unexpected.

02-23-2014 06:53 PM by Don W | 11 comments »

I’ve gone through a few plane restores in the past. As time has passed I’ve learned a respect for the history and patina of some old and rare planes, but bringing planes back from the brink is still a lot of fun for me. I don’t really have a good before picture of this plane, simply because it was never intended to be restored. My goal for this plane was to see if I could salvage enough beech out of the middle of the deteriorated mess to use for repairs on future plane re...

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Part 24: G Davies Infill Plane

04-12-2014 06:40 PM by Don W | 4 comments »

See the complete story here Some time ago I got and infill from an LJ friend Jamie asking me if I wanted an infill plane that needed some love. Of course I couldn’t resist and a short time later I received the package in the mail.

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Part 25: A "B" Plane restoration

07-25-2014 01:11 AM by Don W | 5 comments »

A Birmingham Plane restoration. Here are some more pictures and some history Before And After

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Part 26: Saving a Stanley Type 2. Risk equals reward.

10-13-2014 04:00 PM by Don W | 7 comments »

I took a little risk buying this Stanley type 2 # 6. It had some condition issues. The issues included some pitting, one frog screw was broke completely off, and one had half the head broke so using a screw driver wasn’t a possibility. It was also missing the cutter and chip breaker. I will need to look for the correct cutter. Here is the whole article

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Part 27: A Rapier Block

10-18-2014 10:58 PM by Don W | 3 comments »

I’m a bit behind on posting, but here is a Rapier block I tuned up. Thanks Poopiekat. It’s a much better built plane than I expected. The blog is here with more photo's.

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Part 28: A Keen Kutter #9 1/2

10-19-2014 11:50 PM by Don W | 3 comments »

I found this Keen Kutter #9 1/2 Block Plane in an Antique shop in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately I forgot to take any before pictures. It looks fairly early, and I’ve never seen one quit like it. It was in pretty rough shape, so I completely restored it. My blog here And all my block plane info

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Part 29: Chaplin's Improved Hand Plane

12-20-2014 09:36 PM by Don W | 11 comments »

More picture and info here.

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