Plane restoration #2: Stanley/Bailey No 6 is done!!!

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Blog entry by Alonso posted 12-27-2009 09:56 AM 7917 reads 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Vintage Stanley/Bailey No 3 SW--first plane ever restored Part 2 of Plane restoration series Part 3: Stanley/Bailey No 6 second plane part #1 »

As I said on the previous blog, I started working on the restoration for the No 6 early today.

I went to HF and I picked up a brand new 6” buffer,a gallon of Evapo-rust, some polishing compound some sanding drums and some other miscellaneous items that all together help me out to accomplished this new task.

On this new blog I didn’t took that many pictures as on the past one but surely there are enough for everyone to enjoy.

I will like to start by saying that Evapo-rust works as described period. At first I hesitated because I didn’t saw any difference at all, but maybe after an hour or so and with the help of a piece of scotch pad I started to see some improvements, maybe after some 3 or 4 hours 90-95 % of the rust was gone, the rest was to be remove with the buffer.

So this is how it looked today on the morning before doing anything to it.

Another broken tote…... of course that was a task for my dad…

We spent most of the day working on this plane including the trip to HF, but again all the hard work paid off at the end and again I’m very satisfied with the final results, and again my dad did a great job on the tote and knob restoration including the 4 coats of wipe-on-poly with 320 sanding in between coats to protect them.

This is the final result

Tote repaired

The family is growing…..

Stay tune, soon I should received a No 4, 4 1/2, 5, 5 1/4 & 7 that of course I will add to the restoration blog.

Please add any comments I’m sure I can use every single one to improve every time.


-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#1 posted 12-27-2009 10:24 AM

Nice job on the restoration task.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 12-27-2009 04:53 PM

Well done. Did you lap the bottom?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 10:52 AM

im not sure what comment i can make so that you can improve (because i think you have done a wonderful job on this restore)

I now feel guilty that my no 5 stanley needs some TLC so that it operates like the other planes that i have

congratulations on a fine job


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#4 posted 01-04-2010 01:21 PM

good job, make me wish i bought all my planes in bad shape so i could’ve restored them.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 01-07-2010 06:06 PM

Totally sweet restoration. It will make using them all the nicer.
Thx for this blog.

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 03:19 PM

Beautiful work. Great finds; diligence always pays off, doesn’t it?

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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