Hand planes and old tools restoration

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Project by studie posted 02-25-2013 11:08 PM 5913 views 9 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Restoring these tools was a lot of work and fun too. I cleaned up the metal by wire wheel then a reverse electrolyses bath using a bucket filled with water and washing soda, rebar sacrificial electrodes and a battery charger to remove the rust. The wood parts got a bath too using Dalys furniture refinisher solvent which just takes off old finish without damages the wood. It only takes off old lacquer, shellac or oil but leaves the wood clean without damage like strong stripper does. After cleaning the metal parts Boeshield T9 was used to keep rust off, then wax too. The wood got a coat of stain wet sanded with #320 and then 4 coats of Dalys Teak oil followed with wax. This collection has been around for a long time and will be used as back ground for photography displays. I made a little money and got a Lie Nielson scraper plane as a bonus too. Just keeping busy in the evenings and looking for more projects like this. Thanks for having a look!

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 11:32 PM

what a beautiful display of tools, i can see you worked very hard to bring them to there currant condition, im sure your quite proud of them, and i would be also…to me old tools are something that we wont see any more of, if kept in good condition, they can be used for many lifetimes…i hope your able to acquire more and show them off…or better yet maybe some projects in which they were used for….keep your powder dry, and watch yer top knot…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 11:38 PM

Are those Stanley #45 or #55s? And did you give them an electrolysis bath? I have a #55 that I’m about to restore myself. It has a little surface rust and I was going to give it an elec bath, but I am worried that it will damage the nickel plating. Any advice?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 12:17 AM

Excellent restoration, tools dream.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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Don W

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 12:35 AM

Excellent. What a nice bunch of tools.

@DouginVa. The bath won’t hurt the nickel unless there is rust under it. If that’s the case, you want to know anyhow.

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

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 01:26 AM

Thanks all. Doug I think the elect bath is safer than say, acid but if the nickel is loose it will come off anyway otherwise you can coat it with teak oil and that will make it look good while gluing on the flakes of nickel for a while. Griz, these are for a pal of mine who was in the wood working biz and now retired. His 70th bday is this next saturday so he will get a fine surprise.

-- $tudie

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 02:43 AM

The tools came out looking great. I like your car also.
Will you give me more information on the products you used on the wood? I am getting ready to refinish a very nice Antique Wooden Machinist Tool Chest that has a little water damage and time has killed the finish. I did not want to destroy the patina on the wood. These two products sound and look like what I want to use. I tried looking it up on the Internet, but no luck. I also looked at Woodworking Stores also.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thank You

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 04:11 AM

Lookin’ Good Scot! Been busy this winter, eh? ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 04:35 AM

Hey Bigrock, Dalys FR#2 furniture refinisher is great stuff for old worn out finishes like lacquer, shellac or oil. It will not take off varnish or poly but works great on the old finishes. Many times it can dissolve the old finish and leave enough of the old stain to just tung oil after for the final finish. Using #4 steel wool to remove the old finish then let dry after that a light sanding you are ready to stain. Or you can then wet sand the stain with#400 or wet sand the teak oil for a sweet base for the next coats, this procedure makes all the difference as it smoothes out the raising grain for a super fine finish from then out. The best finish I get is using wipe on poly. I get a dust free coat but then don’t wipe it off, just leave it dry. 4 or more coats sanding w #320 between coats leaves a fine finish. After the last coat has cured you can use a buffing compound then wax for an amazing look. lots of work but the results are worth it. See my Ipe box polish and you will see. Oh, the 87 635 BMW is covered with Walnut dust, need to take it for a hot run to take the dust off!

-- $tudie

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 04:48 AM

Hi Bob, Topamax! Busy doing stuff for cheap and fun. Hey come out and see the straw bale house I built any time soon. I should make a post of the latest things I did lately for it.

-- $tudie

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 05:54 AM

Seems like every time I am out that way it is late or I don’t have time to stop ;-(( I am not doing any big contracts any more. Should have some time soon. BTW, Ii stacked a lot of straw bales when I was a kid on the farm, but somehow they did not resemble anything I would want to line in ;-)) Want me to bring you a pile of scrap iron to restore?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 02-26-2013 02:07 PM

I like the beamer display table, haha.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#12 posted 02-26-2013 02:45 PM

WOW, great job!!!


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#13 posted 02-26-2013 03:22 PM

they look great

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#14 posted 02-26-2013 03:32 PM


Can you tell me a little more about the wire wheel you used at the beginning of the process? Was it one of those cone type things you see on a Dremel, or something larger?

Thanks, and fantastic job!


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#15 posted 02-26-2013 05:38 PM

Nice Looking Collection Going there !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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