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Garbage Stanley no4 prep for scrub

by mike02130
posted 08-08-2016 07:34 PM

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Bill White

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#1 posted 08-08-2016 08:03 PM

Now let’s see…...How much time did ya spend on that rust bucket, sharpening, etc.?
I just passed on a nice #40 ‘cause I found one without shipping.
Ya pays your money, and ya takes your chances.
Betcha that you’ve got more than $40.00 in it.
Not bummin’ ya by any means, but there is some price/value relationship to be considered.

-- [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-08-2016 08:05 PM

Wow, you’re a braver person than I would have been. I would have passed on that, even with what you’re doing to it. .
Looking forward to the completed plane though.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#3 posted 08-08-2016 09:16 PM

Bill I’m guessing he just did it for the fun of playing around in the shop. If you’re having fun your time is free. But Mike, I’m guessing with the pitting that bad on the blade it’s not going to sharpen up well even for a scrub. It might even cut, but it will be more effort than a blade that you can sharpen properly.

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#4 posted 08-08-2016 11:34 PM

Well Mr White,

The plane was found. That means free. The screw and washer was in stock. I had an hour’s worth of fun and enjoyment doing it. I’ll have another twenty to thirty minutes filing and sharpening. I don’t charge myself for fun. Free fun is the best fun.

I guess the bet is off?

-- Google first, search forums second, ask questions later.

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#5 posted 08-09-2016 05:46 AM

For free I would have gave it a shot too.

Counting your free time with $$ is wage slave thinking. A guy told me once his time is too valuable to spend it goofing off [on hobbies]. I felt sorry for him.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 08-09-2016 10:17 AM

It’s not going to be usable with no blade adjustment.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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Don W

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#7 posted 08-09-2016 11:03 AM

You can’t fail if you don’t try. I’ve spent a lot of free time doing the same kind of thing. I once rebuilt a Jeep CJ rather than just going and buying a new one. I just don’t get the “just throw it away and get another one” mentality at all.

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

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#8 posted 08-09-2016 11:38 AM

You’re taking something free that would have been tossed and giving it new life at zero out of pocket – why are people so opposed?

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#9 posted 08-09-2016 11:43 AM

Hello Mike, the experience alone is worth your time. I built my shop by putting back together tools, both hand and power, from tools mostly discarded by guys and gals who didn’t have the time to fix or knowledge. I have heard all the stories of how the guys just don’t think it’s worth the effort unless they get paid the big money for their time. Shame they will never have the pleasure of using a tool that they restored. I have had some very ugly tools and yet, they performed much better after restoration than most new ones. Hope the scrub plane works well for the intended use, have fun, make some dust.

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#10 posted 08-09-2016 12:00 PM

Good on ya Sir!

Having fun in the shop is waaaaaaaaayyyy under rated!

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#11 posted 08-11-2016 12:39 PM


I ground and sharpened the blade per Paul Sellers recommended 7” radius. I took a few swipes on a chunk of pine and it performed very well. I think I’ll grind it down to a tighter radius. The original blade is thrashed and after I experiment with different cambers on this one, I’ll swap it out with a more useable iron. I will also need to file the throat a bit more.

As far as the Naysayer who claimed it would not be “usable with no blade adjustment”, he is showing his lack of knowledge concerning Stanley hand planes, and may have learned something. It adjusts very well. I set the blade for a shallow cut, and if I want it deeper, I just tap on the iron with a hammer to lower it.

Then there is Mr. White’s odd negative remarks? I have about two hours of shop fun into it. I’d say that “rust bucket” works better than most scrub planes out there.

All in all, I am pretty impressed with what I have. I took a scrap yard plane and made it into something workable. I had fun doing it. The added bonus is, proving the Naysayers terribly wrong.

-- Google first, search forums second, ask questions later.

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#12 posted 08-11-2016 04:40 PM

I think you did a good thing and a good job. You turned junk into a useful tool.

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Bill White

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#13 posted 08-11-2016 06:58 PM

Mike, I in NO way meant to be demeaning. Please do not infer. That’s why I made the comment about “bummin’ ya”. My only response was to value your time.
I have a # 5 1/2 that I use as a scrub. Cambered iron, etc. Also, a “woodie” that really takes the beating as a scrub.
Regards, and best wishes.

-- [email protected]

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#14 posted 08-12-2016 12:21 PM

“value your time”.....there are things we do that add value to life besides working for money. I value the time I spend in my garage because I derive pleasure from it. If I just weigh my worth by an hourly rate I can charge then life get’s pretty tired.

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#15 posted 08-12-2016 12:27 PM

I had fun doing it.

- mike02130

And for a hobbyist, that’s all that matters. Isn’t the reason we do hobbies because we enjoy them? If you enjoyed taking a total rust bucket of a plane and making something useful out of it, good on you.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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