Hand Plane Restoration

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Blog series by sIKE updated 12-29-2008 07:14 AM 2 parts 4571 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: No 60 1/2 restoration

11-24-2008 11:25 PM by sIKE | 11 comments »

My father has been wanting a block plane for a while and had been dropping hints. So I went out on e-bay and found one that was in decent shape. After testing it out it and determining it was worth the trouble, I went ahead and refinished it. Here is what I started with First I lapped the sole and the sides, then I soaked it in Evapo-Rust, then I used a paint stripper to remove the remaining Japanning. I had to use a small piece of 220 grit sand paper to clean up the finger indentations...

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Part 2: A couple for Christmas

12-29-2008 07:14 AM by sIKE | 5 comments »

After the previous restore I decided that I wanted to restore planes for both my dad and my father-in-law for Christmas. My dad now has a block plane and I wanted to get him the next one for his kit and I decided on a #4 Stanley would do. After trolling e-bay for a bit I came across two good auctions one for a #4 and one for a #5 (for me) I won both for under $60 including for shipping. Sadly once I started working on the #5 there is a big crack in the left hand side of the body from the mout...

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