Plane restore

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Project by Andy123 posted 09-24-2011 09:18 PM 2428 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well…Everyone was doing plane restorations on here, so I decided I needed to get off my butt and finish mine. I bought this jack plane about a year ago for $12 at an antique store and it sat in my shop in a plastic bag since then. Then last week, I decided I needed to clean it up. I didn’t get any before photos. I wish I did.

I really like the patina on the plane so I did not remove all the “age”. Just as a reminder, this was the first time I restored a plane, so I probably made a lot of mistakes. I took a synthetic pad with mineral oil and scrubbed down the sides, the tip of he chip break, and the hold down wedge. I then did the glass sand paper technique to true up the sole. After about 30 minutes of 120 grit (several different sheets) the sole still had low spots on it, but it was overall pretty flat. I flattened the back of the blade on my Worksharp 3000 and then continued on to the edge. I was able to shave off some of my fingernail, so it is pretty sharp. The blade had and still has a 30 deg bevel. I took me a while to figure out how to put it back together. I took it apart over a hear ago and low and behold I am missing the screw to put on the front handle. I did not find any markings on the plane its self, but I found “True Value” on the blade. I don’t know if they’re a match.

After I figured out how to put it back together, I tested it one some a fir board. I was happy with the result.

Thanks for reading. Andy

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#1 posted 09-24-2011 10:30 PM

I think it’s good that you kept most of the patina; I just wipe mine off with mineral spirits, flatten them and sharpen them up. They’re just going to get dirty anyway! It’s not like my wife would let me set one out on the coffee table.

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#2 posted 09-24-2011 10:37 PM

Nice work. I much prefer to see these tools refurbished and put back to work as opposed to sitting on a shelf. You can probably find a screw that will work on that front knob at Sometimes, those have some odd threads that you can’t find in the hardware store.


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#3 posted 09-24-2011 11:24 PM

Thanks for the info Docholladay.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#4 posted 09-25-2011 01:26 AM

Good job…I’m working on a couple myself…should have taken some before pix as well : )

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#5 posted 09-25-2011 02:11 AM

I’ve put together some references with a section on parts. Note that all planes don’t have the same thread size, so if thats not a stanley, a stanley screw may or may not fit. If you can’t find a replacement, PM me, I may have one.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 09-25-2011 02:48 PM

Looks good and by the shavings I’m guessing it works real well too! Good work.

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

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#7 posted 10-04-2011 04:35 AM

I agree if the japanning it less then 50 percent i strip them re japan them i use tool and parts cleaner from trend to clean and de rust moderate rust. Heavy rust i used to use electrolysis now i take them the the radiator shop everything gone in less than an hour. its cheep then i wash them in tool and parts cleaner and then in lacquer thinner till they are ready to japan some guys use paint i have and have used the Stanley formula for japanning both work fine if you have stripped it clean then to my huge piece of plate glss. this till flat or to the machine shop for a bad plane this is on the net and has worked for me i don’t try to do more than the tool needs to be used i don’t make show pieces i make go pieces. often a good scrubbing with parts cleaner is all it takes that stuff is the best cleaner on the market its cheep too and goes a long way then i bake the finish and replace broken totes and knobs i am using mike wishmann totes his are the best i have found and i don’t have time to do my own and still woodwork and i don’t want to be tote man, he is fast reliable and priced fairly well the quality is second to none.

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#8 posted 09-25-2014 02:48 AM

Looks great…I’ve been working on a few myself…have one more to go….wish I was at the point of getting the edge nice and sharp…almost there…just takes practice…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#9 posted 09-25-2014 02:52 AM

Excellent info here, I am currently doing some research and found exactly what I was looing for.

-- Freda M. Phillips

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