Return them to their former Glory!!! #1: Found some real gems!!!!

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Blog entry by Brian Gulotta posted 08-07-2016 12:31 PM 1593 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was out at an estate sale and found these 4 beauties, or soon they will be ;) Three of the gems are Stanley Bailey #5 planes and the other a small #7 Disston panel rip cut saw. My tool well is currently pretty limited, so this will be a great chance to build it up a little and have some more tools at my disposal. I currently have a Stanley #4 and Stanley #6 that I have cleaned and restored, that I use for smoothing and jointing. I have a 8tpi Disston x-cut saw and a 4tpi rip cut saw for rough cutting. I plan on putting a good camber on one of the #5’s and use it as a scrub/fore plane. The second I will keep with a straight blade for shooting work. The last I will clean up for display in my home office to remind me that I wish I was out in the shop. I believe the small Disston panel saw has about 10-11tpi so it will be great for finer rip cutting. One of the planes will need a new rivet, straightening of the lateral adjuster, as well as a new tote. I currently have most of the crud removed from planes now and have them soaking in a vinegar bath to get the party started. Stay tuned for more progress!!!

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#1 posted 08-07-2016 06:42 PM

Keep us posted, Looks like you are going to have a lot of Fun!

-- Just making sawdust

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Brian Gulotta

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#2 posted 08-07-2016 10:47 PM

I will definitely keep you guys posted.

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#3 posted 08-09-2016 08:18 PM

Nice score. Looking forward to progress.

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#4 posted 08-11-2016 02:45 PM

Good find.
As I have said before….nice to see tools brought back to life.
Emjoy your restoration projects
I have cleaned up many old hand saws. Just cleaning and sharpening is soothing to me ! (Plus I learn how to sharpen even better) Some are rusted to bad at teeth and do not hold edge…...but I still sharpen and try cutting. Its a challenge I enjoy.

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

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#5 posted 08-12-2016 01:15 AM

Yes indeed. I am finding a huge satisfaction from finding these neglected tools and restoring them to usable condition.

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