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07-01-2020 01:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: keen kutter k76 keen kutter stanley plane irons

Hello all. I just signed up for an account here today and wanted to see if I could get some advice. I recently started getting into woodworking and started acquiring a few tools. I had been scouring some of the flea markets around my house for Bailey planes and came across a Keen Kutter K76 Tongue and Groove plane for $35. I didn’t buy it. I thought it was overpriced because all of the other planes were extremely overpriced.

I was very curious about the plane and started researching it. I gather it is a little rare as I only found a few articles on it and couldn’t find any for sale online. The prices I found of past sales were around $70 or higher. I decided it was a good deal and went and picked it up. When I grabbed it off the shelf I found a box of plane irons under it for $20. I went ahead and grabbed those too. I think they are for a Stanley multipurpose plane, maybe a Model 45. The Keen Kutter is missing the irons but everything else is there and operational on it. There is some surface rust but otherwise, it is in really good shape. A couple of the 45 irons are the right size for the plane. I am new to hand tools and had a few questions.

What do you recommend about the rust on the plane? Should I go ahead and try to de-rust it and polish it up a bit? Would I be better off leaving it as is? I haven’t decided if I am going to keep it, resell it, or trade it. My initial thought was to trade for a couple of Bailey planes. I have to admit it is growing on me a bit, but I don’t really have the budget to start collecting every cool plane I find.

The main reason I bought the irons was to get the two I needed for the plane. I don’t really have any interest in keeping the other irons. Would I be better off to leave the two irons in the set and pick up replacements somewhere else? I thought about reselling the iron set, does anyone know what they may be worth?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

-- Novice Maker

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#1 posted 07-01-2020 02:53 PM

“Would I be better off to leave the two irons in the set and pick up replacements somewhere else?” Yes. Unless they are in that box which I doubt.

(Tongue in cheek:) If there is a 1/4” blade in that box, I’d give you thirty five for them. : )

Actually have seen prices for those cutters all over the board. I would think price would be affected by the condition of the cutters. Real pain in the arse to sharpen a set of 45 cutters. : )

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#2 posted 07-01-2020 09:00 PM

You can try St. James Bay Tool Company – they make replacement parts. Sell on eBay. You can email them and ask if they don’t have any listed now.

But, you might could make them yourselves from some O1 tool steel which should be available in the right thickness and width.

Then you could sell your 45 irons, but I doubt you could end up saving much money.

Look on ebay for the value of the irons. You might look for the Stanley 45 thread on LumberJocks and ask there.


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#3 posted 07-01-2020 09:16 PM

the “right way” to take surface rust off a plane such as yours, while maximizing nickel plating preservation is with a real brass bristle brush.

btw – in your search for irons, keep in mind that your plane is the equivalent of a either a Stanley 48 or 49 (depending on the width for which it is designed)

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#4 posted 07-01-2020 10:12 PM

I would recommend EvapoRust soak and then brass brush as needed, but I try plastic brush first. If the plating has any bubbling in it, it will come off no matter what. Sometimes you end up with a steel brush anyway.

I myself have a Stanley 148.


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