Stanley 103 restore

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Project by BTKS posted 12-24-2011 09:22 PM 2066 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently obtained several “new to me” antique planes, chisels, backsaw, etc. I just finished restoring the Stanley 103. I thought I would toss some before and after pics up for review. All the shiney metal surfaces were lapped to 1000 grit wet dry, buffed with emery paste, coated by baking in wax, buffing out the cooled wax and recoating with Johnson’s floor wax. The wax is more for protection than looks. It actually dulled the metal finish ever so slightly. You can’t see it in the pic but I could clearly see the camera in the sole of the plane when taking the picture. Oh yea, the black is enamel high temp engine paint, three coats. Funny paint, it has ceramic in it and supposedly takes seven days to fully cure. We’ll see how it holds up. The plane functions wonderfully. I think it will wind up in my shop apron most of the time.
Thanks for looking, comments and suggestions on how to do better on the next one are always welcome. The next one is a Stanley Bailey no. 4. It works well right out of the gate, now to make it look good and hopefully perform even better.

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

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 09:29 PM

Looks great, I love the shine. Well done clean up.

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 09:47 PM

looks really good.
Merry Christmas to you and yours….

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 12-25-2011 03:07 PM

Nice work I love seeing those old planes get some new life in them!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 12-25-2011 09:19 PM

very well done job
always great to see a tool that got a second life ready for a coupple of generations work
I´ll bett it will serve you well

take care

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