Stanley Restore

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Project by Broglea posted 08-13-2010 01:22 AM 2789 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some pictures of my stanley #4 that I restored this week. I’ve had this plane for a few years and use it quite often. I have a rule in my shop that after every completed project I will make some type of improvement to my shop or my tools. I just completed a dresser, so the stanley was selected for the make over.

The performance of the plane was never really an issue as she always met my expectations. I just felt she needed a good cleaning. The last two pictures are what she looked like before the restore.

Now on to my next project.

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#1 posted 08-13-2010 01:38 AM

Beautiful job.

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

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#2 posted 08-13-2010 01:39 AM

Nothing like seeing an old seasoned hand plane given new life. You sir do good work… Thanks for sharing.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 02:48 AM

Great before and after!

-- David from Indiana --

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#4 posted 08-13-2010 04:01 AM

I like your rule about doing something in the shop after every project. I think I am going to try that. I often get side tracked in the middle of projects and end up working on something for the shop or cleaning a tool in the middle of building something. I never thought of setting a rule for myself. Nice job on the planes also. I just bought a couple used planes and plan to do the same thing when I finish my next project :)

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 08-13-2010 04:41 AM

I have restored several old planes and I enjoy using a tool that I have invested a bit of sweat and sometimes blood (I’ve cut myself more than once checking an edge). I have a number 3 & 5 posted here on LJ’s. What did you do for finish on the handles. I left the finish natural on mine, but I am considering trying to stain them to return them to the new type of appearance since they would have been stained to look like rosewood. I am either going to stain them or make new ones from actual rosewood.

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

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#6 posted 08-13-2010 04:44 AM

Hi Brog,
No need to buy new when you can make them look like that. I like you idea of doing something for your shop after every project. Kind of do that in mine, however it comes in dribs and drabs rather than any real thought. Will have to put that in the thinking pattern and try it.

Thanks for posting jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#7 posted 08-13-2010 05:02 AM

Thanks for the comments guys.

Docholladay – I applied 3 coats of shellac. No stain.

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#8 posted 08-13-2010 09:14 PM

Hey Brog, sweet job man! That baby deserved it. Can I send you mine?

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

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#9 posted 08-13-2010 10:05 PM

I love the improvement rule! I think I’ll steal it for my shop. The plane looks great – nice to see an old tool cleaned up.

-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.

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#10 posted 08-13-2010 11:44 PM

From ugly duckling to a swan…..sweet plane

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#11 posted 08-14-2010 01:04 AM

Better than new! What a great restoration. I know you will enjoy working with it. I treasure my old planes.

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#12 posted 08-14-2010 03:01 PM

great job, thanks for sharing it !!

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#13 posted 09-23-2010 02:16 AM

Jumpin jiminy
that’s a nice job

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#14 posted 10-25-2010 01:56 AM

My policy is different… for every twenty os so projects I do for the shop THEN I try and make something :)

By the way… a shispy curl of micro thin shavings would look good next to the plane in those photos!

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#15 posted 05-04-2011 12:26 AM

great job.

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

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