Stanley #4 plane and #80 scraper

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Project by twissty posted 08-24-2010 05:13 AM 4343 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this #4 stanley plane off ebay for under $20 shipping included.
It worked pretty good the way it came, but had a case of the uglies. Someone had painted the knob and part of the bed with gold paint, and the handle had black paint splattered on it. THe gold paint came off with a soaking in hot degreaser. THe jappaning is was still in good condition. I used an electrolytic rust removal process to clean up the blade and iron. The rest came clean with scotchbrite and wd-40. I sanded and oiled the wood and a bit of brasso on the brass parts. THis plane is kind of interesting, as has “MADE IN CANADA” cast into the bed and stamped on the blade. Checking a few sites on the internet would date it between 1948 and 1961, except that the blade has a square top like a pre 1948 issue. The light coloured wood on the tote is different than i’ve seen before. perhaps it’s a replacement?. Anyway, I had it back together in about an hour and a half and it’s working beautifully!
Theres also a few pics of a #80 stanley sweetheart cabinet scraper that I got for $2 at an auction a few months ago. The auctioneer called it a “draw knife”. It cleaned up nicely, and although there is a bit of a learning curve to sharpening and using it, I’ve got it working nicely too.

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 05:26 AM

I do believe that the wood of that handle would be beech. It was commonly used on the post WWII Stanley planes, but still makes a good tool. They usually were stained to resemble rosewood. I have a No. #3 and a No. 5 posted in my projects that has the same wood on the handle. I don’t understand why they would stain that wood. I like the look of the natural beech just fine. The No. 80 is a sweet tool. For my money, a well tuned scraper beats sanding any day. I have one of those tools that I bought, but didn’t have a blade. I made my own out of the blade from an old used up hand saw that I had. However, I think that I am going to spring for the #80 replacement blade that is available from Hock tools when I get around to it.

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

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John Fleming

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#2 posted 08-24-2010 07:39 AM

Very nice clean up job on this plane. On my plane a #7 I replaced blade and chip breaker with Ron Hock kit. how is the original blade working looks like the shavings are coming off pretty good. Well done and such a great price too.

-- Woodworker in Progress, Oceanside CA

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Jiri Parkman

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#3 posted 08-24-2010 01:10 PM

Nice planes and good job. Looks simply to bring an old tool to life.

-- Jiri

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 05:14 PM

Wonderful to see another beauty back to life. Funny I got one of my no.80, under the same name, and the guy was really stubbern, he called me ignorant that I insisted it was a scraper… So I left him with a big smile, and a cheap no.80, and he still stay in his belive probaly.
Good luck with them,

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

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 07:13 PM

Doc, you may want to check out Lee valley for a replacement blade. They have them listed for $6.65, compared to $26 from Hock,310

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 09:31 PM

Once you get that #80 going, you will never look back! Beats the pants off a beltsander, I promise you!

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

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#7 posted 08-24-2010 10:46 PM

great refurbishment of two antique tools. i couldn’t help notice the beautiful chip produced by your #4 plane, ...looks to be cutting perfectly! its got to be a joy to use.

its not just the finished project that’s a thing of beauty, but the tools you use … and even the chips these tools produce are a form of art as well.

have fun

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