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Forum topic by loiblb posted 01-26-2021 04:15 PM 285 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2021 04:15 PM

What can you tell me about a plane I picked up.
Was looking for something for a shooting board.
Can it work with this type of bottom?
Best way to refinish the handles to put it back to work?

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#1 posted 01-26-2021 04:40 PM

Follow the menu to “Plane How To’s” and you’ll be on the right track.

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#2 posted 01-26-2021 04:47 PM

This is probably the best video on restoring a plane. You can try wiping some shellac on the handles and see if thats good enough for you, so you don’t have to sand down and refinish.

Using a jointer on a shooting board is possible if thats all you got, but it definitely takes more work to sand square than a smaller plane.

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#3 posted 01-26-2021 04:56 PM

I think the biggest consideration is to check the sole and sides for square…

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#4 posted 01-26-2021 05:12 PM

There are two methods that I know of. You can clean it up before getting into de-rusting and do user grade tune up. Or you can go all in and make it shinny like sansoo22 does here.
I have some of both. Back to your question on shooting plane you can use it if it is square but it is a lot of weight to move a 6 may be a better size but what do I know, I still need to build a shooting board.

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#5 posted 01-26-2021 06:13 PM

Lots of info at and

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#6 posted 01-26-2021 06:13 PM

That seems to be a type 16 to 18. In front of a straight fork radially spoked roadie.:)

16(1933-14) would have rosewood, which might be as light as you show it it has dried out a bit. Look under the handle to see if the bare wood is recognizable as rosewood or not. Rosewood might have a few large pores, hardwood won’t.
17(42-45) might have hardwood knob and tote and might have a plastic adjuster wheel. The lever cap usually has no paint and a distinctly coarse finish (if you have others to compare to). Pretty sure yours doesn’t have any of these features.
18(46-47) might have hardwood or later went back to rosewood, a brass adjuster that has diagonal knurling. Type 19 had heel and toe ribs which yours doesn’t have.
Check the iron to see if there is a 3 digit stamp on the back. That will tell you when it was made. e.g., 241 would be the 2nd quarter of 1941

If they are rosewood and you don’t mind deviating from official Stanley looks, I sanded all the lacquer off mine and oiled (danish or tung) and polished to 400. It creates a warm almost velvety feel.

The corrugated bottom shouldn’t make a difference to shooting, definitely make sure the sides are flat and square.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#7 posted 01-26-2021 10:38 PM

Is the knerling on the adjuster diagonal?

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#8 posted 01-26-2021 10:50 PM

Very NICE Jointer, really nice. The corrugated sole works even better with a shooting board. I like Shellac to finish handles, but any finish will do the job just fine. I got the one at the pic no long ago, it was in a similar condition that yours….

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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