I have been buying up old Stanley, Millers Falls, and other old hand planes for a few months. A portion of my shop has become a bit overwhelmed with the task of collecting, identifying and rehabbing them. I bought another 4-5 items this morning, so it’s a task that will probably take me all winter to accomplish, and that’s if I stop buying, which I have no intention of doing.
Well, here is the first plane to undergo my revised process…
This Stanley #4 smoothing plane had been left to the elements in the back of an old shed. She was badly rusted. Her tote was broken in half, the knob was split, the blade was bent but near full-length. The frog and cap iron were somehow in good condition, other than surface rust.
I took her apart, scraped off the thick goop and dirt, tossed the entire thing in an Evaporust® bath after determining that almost all of the japanning was undermined by rust, and therefore unsalvageable. This plane was going need the full treatment, including paint.My Evaporust® bath is 15” x 10”. At $21 per 128oz jug at AutoZone ($8 cheaper than Harbor Freight) it isn’t cheap, but my prior experience with electrolysis taught
me that Evaporust® is the best solution for planes. Besides, the Evaporust® will be good for MANY projects.
Here she is after the Evaporust® bath, all polished up, with a new Hock iron/cap iron assembly and outfitted with Bill Rittner’s walnut tote and knob.
-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT http://www.bigdogwoodworks.com