New Lease on Life

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Project by JB posted 03-19-2010 03:20 AM 2789 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

$20 on Ebay! I love the old stuff and bargains are nice too. The old stuff works so well and also it’s kinda cool working with antiques. Makes you feel a little history.

When I received it it was a bit rusty but it all seemed to be surface rust with no pitting. The japaning was pretty much trashed so instead of trying to keep it original I bead blasted it clean. Spayed some Krylon black and bought a Hock blade for it.

It didn’t take long to do compared to a full restoration on OWWMs I usually take on. A bit of instant gratification for sure!

One project that did take a bit of time was the replacement knob I turned on the metal lathe. It was made with Texas ebony. That wood turns really nice and was a good match with the original rosewood tote. I didn’t do anything with the tote because it still had the original decal on it. It survived after all these years I hate to mess with it. I will get another piece of Texas ebony and replace it and save the tote for another plane that is a bit more original.

I think I have a good user with a new lease on life!

-- JB

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#1 posted 03-19-2010 03:23 AM

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#2 posted 03-19-2010 03:47 AM

I have done that, its quite a job. Great work.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#3 posted 03-19-2010 04:00 AM

Nice work! It is really nice to see a rusted rellic turned into a shinny user plane. Keep it up!

-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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#4 posted 03-19-2010 02:54 PM

Nice, I also have a old stanley w/ most of the original label still there !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 03-19-2010 02:58 PM

Hmmmmmmmm…........I bid $19.50 for an identical planer on ebay and lost to someone who bid $20.00 at the last minute.
Looks nice – put it to good use.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 03-19-2010 04:58 PM

and I was watching that auction (I think) trying to decide whether I had the cash that month to buy another old plane.

The old Stanley Sweetheart #3 that I got on ebay is a great user once I restored it.

Nice job on the restoration.


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#7 posted 03-19-2010 07:36 PM

Great job! All my planes are old ones as well. It’s great when you can keep something like that in service. Way to go! -SST

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

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#8 posted 03-20-2010 12:08 AM

Great job, it will give you wonderful hours I’m sure.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 04-30-2011 01:58 AM


-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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