My Hand tool Experience #1: Stanley No 4 restoration

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Mark posted 01-02-2010 11:32 AM 1545 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of My Hand tool Experience series Part 2: First real venture into woodworking...hand cut dovetails. »

Hi all,

This is my first Blog entry. i have been purchasing old hand tools for about a year now and have just restored a Stanley No 4 Plane. I have read a lot about this and decided to give it a go and used electrolysis to remove the rust from the plane, I had to re-spay the black paint once done (I used epoxy enamel paint) and then sanded the tote and knob. I also got my Dremel out and polished the brass and other metal parts.

Here is what she looked like:

Stanley no 4


Let me know what you think or if you wish to offer any advice for the future!


-- Mark, Sydney, Australia

7 comments so far

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 4380 days

#1 posted 01-02-2010 03:03 PM

Mark, this looks pretty good. I really enjoy seeing old tools, like this #4, restored and given a new lease on life.

Did you keep the original blade that was in the plane?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View steveosshop's profile


230 posts in 4184 days

#2 posted 01-02-2010 03:47 PM

Looks pretty good. Do you plan on using it or just keeping it in restored condition? Is the sole still in good shape and flat? It looks like the frog and totes are good and crack free from the pics, I would say you got a good #4 there.

-- Steve-o

View woodworm's profile


14476 posts in 4148 days

#3 posted 01-02-2010 04:20 PM

Great restoration work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

View king's profile


71 posts in 4505 days

#4 posted 01-02-2010 06:16 PM

Nice job.looks great.

-- [email protected]

View Mark's profile


27 posts in 4012 days

#5 posted 01-02-2010 10:27 PM

Thanks for the comments,

I plan on getting a lot of use out of this plane, it wont be sitting on the shelf. I kept the original blade but have actually put an order in for a replacment out of M2 steel which will be a bit thicker.

The sole is flat now after a few hours on the sandpaper! Yes the tote and knob are in great condition so i am very happy.


-- Mark, Sydney, Australia

View Alonso's profile


949 posts in 3796 days

#6 posted 01-03-2010 07:48 AM

A few days ago I posted this blog where I’m keeping track of all my plane restorations, yours is a really nice and fine work, one advice I can tell is to use some brasso to polish the brass hardware, I did mine on my HF buffer follow with some brasso for the little details, also I don’t know maybe is just me but I think this is the first restored plane that I see the little thin lip on top of the side walls painted, even though it looks cool too. Great job


-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

View a1Jim's profile


117781 posts in 4135 days

#7 posted 01-03-2010 07:55 AM

This came out great Mark

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics