Hand Tool Journey #7: Stanley SW #3C Rehab.. The Before

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 03-31-2013 07:43 PM 1985 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I picked up a Stanley no 3C on eBay last week for a whopping $10. It looked rough in the pics and not much was said about it but the price was right and it looked complete enough to get back into shape.

I just got it out of the mail today and had my first look at it and to my surprise it is a Sweetheart model :D

It has had the cap screw replaced with a bolt and the front knob looks like someone turned it from a broom handle and the tote is broken in 2 but over all this thing is really solid. Even the lateral adjuster is nice and snugly attached to the frog which is often loose and floppy on the other used planes I have bought. The blade had a slight bend towards the top which I have already straightened out.

One patent date on it of APR-19-10 not sure where this puts it in the Stanley lineup but I’m happy with my purchase so far. I just need to get over to my buddies house and get the Evaporust he picked up for me at HF yesterday.

More to come on the rehab.. today was a teardown and look type of day. Lots of pics..

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 03-31-2013 08:24 PM

Looks like good potential there. Looking forward to see it all cleaned up.

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#2 posted 03-31-2013 08:53 PM

1 patent date would make it a T13 or T14. Looks like T14 to me, since I think I see a raised ring cast into the bed around the knob.

Should clean up great, can’t wait to see another great user brought back to life :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 03-31-2013 09:17 PM

clean’er up and let’s see the shavings!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 04-01-2013 01:10 AM

It looks like you are having fun with this plane. I have never used Harbor Fright’s Evapo-Rust Rust Remover. How well does it work and how long do you have to soak the item? Unless the item is small it looks like it would take a lot of Evapo-Rust. Do you buy it by the gallon? Can it be reused?
Thank you for all the information you can give me. I have several nice planes, but they need work.

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#5 posted 04-01-2013 02:14 PM

Looking forward to seeing it brought back to prime condition!

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#6 posted 04-01-2013 03:05 PM

Bigrock I haven’t used the Evaporust yet. It is still at my buddies house however I have read it is the bees knees for removing rust so we shall see. BTW it is available at more places that HF. I believe Lowes and Autozone carry it too but you will have to check on that.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 02:44 AM

That will clean up nice.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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