Refreshing hand planes

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Project by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) posted 07-07-2010 06:25 AM 3703 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here they are, my latest project. I wasn’t looking to restore these planes quite yet, I more or less, just wanted to refresh them. Knock the rust off and have a look and see what is underneath.

Pictured is a Miller Falls No.9 I got on Ebay, and a Stanley No. 7 and No. 95 that I bought from a guy locally.

Okay, enough Jibber jabber, time for some explanation of the pictures. I broke the planes down and gave them a good wipe down. I used Evaporust and a little TLC with paper towels and green scrub pads to finish the job. I hit the parts with some WD-40 to preserve the rust free fresh feeling. I had 1 gallon of Evaporust and needed to submerge the whole No.7 plane, so I got a 2 foot piece of pvc and capped one end. About 45 minutes of this worked magic.

While breaking down the No. 7 I found a little scrap of paper with what I presume to be the last owner’s name written on it. It’s just a reminder of the history each tool contains.

Since I pretty much just wanted to clean these up, I consider this a complete project, it might have taken 1-2 hours of work tops. I did this between rearranging my shop. I look forward to posting the complete restorations in the future…....

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#1 posted 07-07-2010 07:07 AM

Really good to see people doing this. Take the rust off, maybe sharpen the blades, then one day plane a board with that #7. YOU will be hooked. (The only thing better than a #7. is the #8 .) My work table is 5 fft x 3 ft x 3 1/2 inch thick. (used to be 3 1/2” ) I built it from scrap 2×4 on there side, glued and screwed together. I use my #8 to true up the table every now and then to keep it nice and flat. I probably do this just so I can PLAY with my planes.

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

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#2 posted 07-07-2010 08:32 AM

This is a great project. Nice work and I hope you enjoy using them.

I found a rusted Stanley 60 1/2 low angle at a yard sale in Coupeville, WA for $5. Took it home, disassembled, cleaned, honed the sides and bottom, and sharpened the blade (3 hours). It looked nicer than the one I have (I paid $40 retail for it 30 years ago). It’s one of my favorite and most useful planes. I gave the refurb to my son for his birthday. He loved it. Wish I had taken pictures.

I love bringing old tools back.

-- vicrider

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#3 posted 07-07-2010 10:54 AM

Nice work, I just sharpened all my chesils and planes on Moday. My buddy has a Jet Sharpening machine, so this saved me alot of time. He also taught me some great things about using and setting up my planes. I really want to start using them more as I have always shyed away from using them in the past. enjoy using these baby’s.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-07-2010 11:20 AM

I have restored many old Stanley planes. The funny thing that I have noticed is that most new ones that I have bought (without spending the fortune for a LV or Veritas) required just as much work to tune up as it took to restore an old one. Only no where near the satisfaction of bringing one of these old pieces of history back to life and usefulness. Keep it up. Just be careful. Collecting and restoring old tools can quickly become addictive.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#5 posted 07-07-2010 05:38 PM

Good work and nice outcome from such an efficient system. I must apply it to a couple of my planes. Thanks for the post, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 07-08-2010 12:16 AM

I am looking to restore a plane my grandfather used to use. Where can I purchase the knob? I don’t have a lathe. Does anyone have any good websites for this?

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#7 posted 07-08-2010 05:18 AM

Nice work on those planes. Now attack a hunk of wood.

In April i bought a Stanley #6 made between 1933-41, at the estate sale of a guy I knew. $10. Evaporust cleaned it up and about a month back I made me a sharpening system. ( Will post later ) That is one sweet plane. It even sounds a lot different than my others. Not saying I am much of a planer as i am just starting out.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#8 posted 07-08-2010 07:08 PM

I find that a wire wheel on my bench grinder is the fastest and best way to get the rust off. What paint is the best for replacing the japanning?

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#9 posted 07-08-2010 08:50 PM

Simons44 – Highland Woodworking has replacement rosewood totes and knobs. I can’t speak to the quality because I have never seen them.

-- Galootish log blog,

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