Quick plane makeover

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Blog entry by hannes posted 10-18-2010 10:22 PM 1354 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was away for a long weekend in August on the garden route, just relaxing and taking a break. While driving around my wife wanted to check out an antique shop near George. Antique shops are not really my thing, but sometimes you see interesting furniture and always interesting to see how it was made.

Anyway while checking out some cool old furniture I spotted an old Stanley no.3 plane. It was rusted and a bit neglected and apart from a small chip in the body seemed to be in good shape. I have a no 4 and 5, but always wanted a no 3. So I thought if I can get this to a working order… even if it does not look so good then I will be happy and for R90 (about $12 US) it was not too expensive (especially compared to new planes over here). Here it is:

So back at home I thought maybe i can at least try and get some of the excess rust off. I’ve never tried restoring a plane or anything like that before, so I didn’t expect much. After taking it completely apart I got some rust remover and let it soak a bit and then with a bit of scrubbing and wet sanding I was able to get most of the shine back with not too much effort. I was really surprised at how well it looked by just doing that and it didn’t take much more than an hour.

The blade is not what it should be with deep dents in it, but maybe if I can twist my wifes arm I can get a bench grinder to sort that out, else a new blade might be worth it. I had another blade on it just so i can see if my effort was worth it and it works like a charm. Everything is working well and I am so glad I bought it. So here is what it looks like now:

Well just thought I will share my experience and was also my first blog. Thanks for reading.

-- Hannes, Cape Town, South Africa

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#1 posted 10-18-2010 10:49 PM

Hey Hannes! Your #3 is looking great! At R90 it was a bargain. What rust remover did you use?

Congrats on the first blog, not so hard was it!

One thing, you drove past my place and didn’t pop in to say howzit! If you get the bench grinder, I will forgive you!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#2 posted 10-18-2010 11:35 PM

Used Rust-Off… inexpensive, but worked quite well (bought at Brights in Bellville – Boston). I actually did think of you while I was in the area, but our time was a bit limited. I will have to plan better next time and make a plan to come visit.

-- Hannes, Cape Town, South Africa

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 03:32 AM

It looks really great
I would push her for the bench grinder….. just ask her how much she spends on getting her hair done ;)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 04:11 AM

Yeah, I agree you had to buy it, it was begging to be rescued, and you did a great job. Schweeeet.

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#5 posted 10-19-2010 03:20 PM

Nicely done. Looks like the Japaning is still in pretty good shape..

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