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Fulton Plane Refurb.

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Project by Not4Prophet posted 03-09-2010 12:57 AM 3541 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Fulton is one of three planes I inherited from my grandpa. As you can see from the before and after it needed a little love to get it back into usable shape. I used varying grits of sandpaper up to 220 to lap the sole and cheeks, and mineral spirits and steel wool to clean the top. For most of the other metal parts I used some overpriced rust remover from HD. I think I’ll try Evaporust next time.

After sanding down the tote and knob, I was surprised to find that they were made from different species. The tinted varnish the manufacturer used certainly had me fooled. I used a black tinted stain from Ikea (had it sitting on the shelf collecting dust) to give the tote and knob some character and then applied several coats of wipe-on poly to finish.





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#1 posted 03-09-2010 12:59 AM

Very nice. What size is it? Have you put it to wood yet?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 02:06 AM

It’s approximately the size of a Stanley #4.

So far I’ve only had a chance to make a few quick test passes with it. The ease with which I was able to get it properly adjusted and effortlessly shaving wood still astounds me. A couple of years ago, not knowing any better, I bought a couple of cheap planes from one of the big box stores. Of course they are complete junk and did nothing but frustrate me and ruin a few perfectly good pieces of wood. Even though I haven’t had a chance to properly use it, I can tell this plane is going to get a lot more use than the planes I bought for myself.

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 02:26 AM

There is something to be said for the older hand tools. What are the other two planes?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 03:52 AM

One is a Four Square 1105 jack plane, and the other is a very early, but heavily used, Stanley #18 block plane. I’ve been told that both of these probably belonged to my great grandfather originally. I actually cleaned those planes first but chose not to include them in this post because I didn’t take before and after pictures of them.

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 03:58 AM

Very nice. I really like the #18s. The feel of the plane is great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 07:19 AM

Nice job on the plane. I have one just like it that looked worse from a garage sale that cost 75 cents & cleaned up just fine. I gave it to my son.
I’ve got somewhere around 15 various sizes of old Stanley planes in my shop that I use regularly. All were bought very reasonably & cleaned up well. They work so well that I can’t imagine why anyone would ever spend a lot on a new plane. Well done. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#7 posted 03-09-2010 03:59 PM

Well done. You’ve inspired me to take the planes I inherited from my Grandfather out of the top of my tool box and clean them up. The big one is about the same size as this one as far as I can tell…plus two smaller.

Did you sharpen the original blade or put in a new one? Are new blades even available for old planes like this? (Shows you my level of “plane savvy”.)

Greg

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#8 posted 03-09-2010 06:43 PM

That cleaned up well, you did a good job on that.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#9 posted 03-10-2010 06:06 PM

Greg,

The original blade was in pretty good shape (just a little surface rust) so I just sharpened that. If I find myself using the planes a lot, I may replace the blades as I’ve read that some of the new high quality replacement blades are both affordable and superior to the original blades found in old planes.

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