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Forum topic by DevinT posted 03-30-2021 08:49 PM 891 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DevinT

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03-30-2021 08:49 PM

I don’t know how I feel about this, and I want to get feedback from others.

I’ve seen 2 or 3 people on YouTube now that have taken their Stanley hand planes and used an oil-based marker to accent the letters cast into the base.

The first person I saw do this was Alabama Creeks in their Restoration of a Stanley No 5 Hand Plane

The second person I saw do it was Sion Hughes in their Restoration of a No 4 Hand Plane

Sion Hughes took a No 4 from England and accented it gold:



Alabama Creek took a No 5 from USA and accented it silver:




Thoughts?

I’m torn. Personally, I like the gold, and have the pens, that’s not the problem. I just can’t bring myself to do it on my only Stanley which is 100+ years old. Also, would it be distracting during use? Perhaps when you are supposed to be looking at where the shaving is coming out you’re distracted by glints of gold or silver.

-- Devin, SF, CA


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#1 posted 03-30-2021 09:06 PM

I agree. I’ve often though about it and then said Naaaaa.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 03-30-2021 09:34 PM

Well, most of the ones where the Japaning looks that clean have been spray painted anyway. I don’t reckon it diminishes the tool’s value any more than painting over the enamel will. Some people like their old planes to look brand new and as long as it’s not seriously collectible (not many Stanley bench planes are, imo) I don’t see the harm in it. It may even help to identify planes in a working collection for a fast grab.

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#3 posted 03-30-2021 09:39 PM

Mine are usually so covered in sawdust and shavings that i would only see the lettering for about 3 seconds. So personally wouldn’t be worth the cost of the ink. What I would like some day is one of those engraved LN bronze smoothers. I always forget the name of the lady that does those really nice ones.

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#4 posted 03-30-2021 10:17 PM

So, question about collectibility. Stanley No 8 type 11, collectible? Could you bring yourself to accent it like this?

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#5 posted 03-30-2021 10:23 PM



So, question about collectibility. Stanley No 8 type 11, collectible?

- DevinT


The type 11 is probably the most collected of the bailey line for new collectors. They’re fairly easy to find, but there is a complete line, they are just old enough, and are good users.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 03-30-2021 10:26 PM

Excellent, then I picked a good plane to purchase ;D … I presume you’ve seen it in the HPOYD thread

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#7 posted 03-30-2021 10:41 PM



Excellent, then I picked a good plane to purchase ;D … I presume you ve seen it in the HPOYD thread

- DevinT

Right…but what accent does it have? I picture Record planes having a British accent, and Spiers planes having more of a guttural Scottish accent.

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#8 posted 03-31-2021 02:22 AM

That plane you have is gorgeous as is. Personally, I’d rather kick myself in the nose than do that to it. But it’s your plane and it doesn’t have the original finish anyway so make it blingy if that’s what tickles your trigger ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#9 posted 03-31-2021 02:59 AM

Ok, I’m in firmly in the school of clean it thoroughly without doing anything more to change it’s existing condition. If its a hundred years old, so be it. I want to make this tool look good but more importantly I want it to perform a function in my shop. Don’t get me wrong , I have dozens of old planes that I have rescued (go ahead call me a plane whisperer, I have no shame) that sit on my shelves. It it’s not a user well I still love the way they look. And the history they represent.
But I also have a Stanley #3, #5, and #7 set over 75 years old or more that are beautifully restored and fully functional.
If you want to make this tool look brand new that’s great. I prefer a old tool to show is age. And functionality.
Just saying!

-- Bob Gnann

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tshiker

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#10 posted 03-31-2021 04:26 AM

I say bedazzle it all you want! It’s not that collectable, millions were made and a good portion of them are still around. I my self think they’re fine just the way they are!

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SMP

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#11 posted 03-31-2021 05:24 AM

I say gold plate the whole thing 24k, then use a black sharpie to highlight the letters. If you are gonna modify it, go big or go Home .

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#12 posted 03-31-2021 10:52 AM

I wouldn’t do it myself.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#13 posted 03-31-2021 11:57 AM


Excellent, then I picked a good plane to purchase ;D … I presume you ve seen it in the HPOYD thread
- DevinT

Right…but what accent does it have? I picture Record planes having a British accent, and Spiers planes having more of a guttural Scottish accent.
- SMP

Southie (Boston) of course!

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

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#14 posted 03-31-2021 12:02 PM

These are just tools. If a little accent makes you smile when you use it, great.

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#15 posted 04-01-2021 03:51 PM

+1 on gold plate it then use a black sharpie.

Honestly I’m cool with it. I don’t think I would do it but honestly I’m all for someone being happy.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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