Restoration #1: Restoring a Nooitgedagt No. 4 plane

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Blog entry by thcyclist posted 11-22-2016 12:49 AM 1741 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Nooitgedagt No. 4

Nooitgedagt was a Dutch manufacturer of woodworking tools from 1865 until the early 21st century. Many dutch woodworker owns a set of Nooitgedagt chisels.

I found this No. 4 plane online. It looked dirty, but I thought I’d just try my hand at restoring it.

Images are clickable for larger versions.

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I’m new at restoring planes. Only when I got it back home I noticed it had broken at the mouth and had been welded together again.

The tote and knob were covered with paint and stuff:
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Inside the mouth there was a lot of gunk:

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The sole looked ok, if a little dirty:

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The sides looked fine. The yoke pin had been replaced with a bent nail.

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The frog and frog bed, again pretty dirty, not too much rust:

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The lever cap, chipbreaker and blade were rusted and dirty, but again looked salvageable.

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The blade is original Nooitgedagt:
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The frog disassembled:
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The tote and knob, dirty, with good screws:
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This is what I had to work with. Not too bad, but in need of a thorough cleaning.

Currently all metal parts are soaking in a cleaning vinegar bath. The wooden parts I’ve started to scrape the paint and gunk off and the stain. It’s pretty deep the stain, I’ll post some pictures once I get everything out of the vinegar.

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#1 posted 11-22-2016 01:39 PM

I’d never heard of Nooitgedagt, looks like a challenging project. Good luck!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 11-22-2016 06:06 PM

I’ve heard of the chisels but never knew they made planes. Looks like a well-made tool. I’ll be watching. Curious to see how this one cleans up.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 11-22-2016 11:06 PM

Thanks for the interest.

Until I saw this one I didn’t know they made metal planes either. There are tons of wooden planes around, I have a few of those as well.

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