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Forum topic by SST posted 11-10-2007 07:02 PM 1142 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-10-2007 07:02 PM

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Having contracted the hand plane bug a short while back, and (so far, at least) resisted the urge to become a collector, I’m spending some really satisfying time practicing both user and sharpening skills. Although not considering myself a collector, I have been acquiring a few more pieces to supplement my only block plane…an early Stanley no. 9 1/2 that was my dad’s. Of course, one of the problems I face (other that resisting becoming an actual collector) is the more I get into using them, the more I see the need for additional types & sizes of planes. (Is this collecting, but I’m not recognizing it???)

Anyway, I recently bought a no.4 Stanley on ebay for $18.00. It was rough, but was what I was looking for: rosewood totes and an early model with a rear frog adjustment screw. Now, mind you, I’m not really sure why I needed the rear adjustment screw, I’m not a real expert, here, I just figure it makes it better that way, and a corrugated bottom, just because I think they look cool.

I decided to try Davids electrolytic rust removal system to save the drudgery of wire-wheeling the plane to death, and discovered it works great!
After much time in the tank, the parts look great with just a bit of buffing. An epoxy tote repair & refinish and a sharpening, and I’m makin’ shavings.Yeee-ha!!! -SST

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 11-10-2007 07:10 PM

Yeah, I think you’ve got the bug and are on the slippery slope for sure. Looks really good.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 11-10-2007 07:10 PM

I was thinking you were safe from the collecting bug…till I saw the photos. I’m sure you are a hopeless case now.

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#3 posted 11-10-2007 08:38 PM

Hey that looks great. Could you post links to that “Davids electrolytic rust removal system” and/or describe it?

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 11-10-2007 08:45 PM

Blake, it’s on David's Blog on

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 11-10-2007 09:18 PM

Truly the slippery slope. Not only could I get it clean, I could parkerize one. Too cool.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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