Plane restoration #5: Today was a great day......No 4, No 78, and my new favorite tool No 220

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Blog entry by Alonso posted 01-09-2010 09:27 AM 10443 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey folks,

Today I started working on a my sencond Bench/Desk/Chest combo

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for one of my mother co-workers, everything was looking pretty good, no issues at all, but just kind of bored, I felt sort of lonely for a little while. Usually due to the economic crisis, I have 3 days weekends, so I was going to spend most of the day alone until my dad came from work.

Suddenly I heard the ring bell, it was pretty early, (not even (9:00 am.) and next to the door it was the mailman along with 2 parcel post ebay boxes. My facial expression change completely I wasn’t expecting any packages until tomorrow or Monday, I literally ran to the shop and started opening the boxes and this is what I found..

Wait a minute, that No 4 seems a little strange….... after a close inspection I came up with the conclusion that one of the previous owners of it, did some cheap restoration to it, I found that the blade is not an stanley, (no markings present) also the middle slot on the blade is shifted to right, and the tote seems to be made out of some cheap wood, not rosewood at all, now I really need to get into start making my own totes, but if I just could find some rosewood near…. o well I may need to order some online.

This little No 220 has become my new best friend, after the restoration and some set up work it cuts like a hot knife on butter…

Now it was time to start with my new hobby, restoration

This is how the came up after all the process was done..

The japanning on the No 4 is about a 98%... I think that this time I’m going to hold painting any of these 3 planes, I really want to try the re-japanning process and the No 78 seems like a good candidate.

I actually plan on doing some more work on that No 4, maybe a Hook blade and a set of tote and knob may look pretty neat on it.

O yes.. I almost forgot…. the family portrait…

Thanks for looking

Next episode….. 2 No 5 corrugated, and No 2 Fulton by Sargent

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

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 01:33 PM

Nice job I wonder if stanley knows that they used to make great tools in the U.S.A


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#2 posted 01-09-2010 03:06 PM

Great restorations.

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#3 posted 01-09-2010 04:43 PM

On the 78, I belive stanley still sells replacement parts. If your looking for one.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 04:50 PM

So YOU’RE the one who keeps out bidding me… just kidding, they are looking great.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#5 posted 08-13-2011 08:05 PM

Your plane restorations look great! I received my (eBay) Stanley No. 220 this morning and am very excited to get it fixed up. This is the first plane that I’ve purchased that I intend to use. There are a few others on the way.

Could you tell me a little more about what you did to yours? Right now, mine is just VERY dirty, with maybe a little rust. It also seems like the blade doesn’t really match the plane. Any advise would be much appreciated!

-- Michael, North Carolina -- Whittling away the time making fine lumber into perfect fire stove fuel.

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