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Blog entry by BigRedKnothead posted 01-24-2013 03:56 AM 2219 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here’s my first hand plane restore. Like something out of a woodworking mag, a buddy sent me a picture message of plane. He found this plane in the rafters of his garage was just checking if I wanted it before he threw it into his scrap pile. Of course I told him, “I’ll be right over.”

It is Bailey No. 8. According to Rexmill.com, it would be around a type 10. I decided to restore it Rexmill style.

It was mostly surface rust, but the more I cleaned it, the more I realized there wouldn’t be much Japanning (black paint) left after I got the rust off. I was blown away that the sole of this thing was only about a 1/32in from being perfectly flat.

I tried wd-40’s rust removal stuff. Did it work? Yes. Worth $30? Probably not. It’s saving grace is that you can strain and reuse it. So I got all the rust off. Then, when it was clear the japanning wasn’t going to make it, I hit the drill press with a wiire brush. I realize the antique purists are cringing, but this thing was never gonna end up in a museum. It’s a good user plane, and I have not intention of getting rid of it. So, I fixed it up in a way it would hold up, rust free, for a long time.
Also sanded the knob and tote about this time. Then I like the look of amber shellac on the rosewood.

Forgot to take a pic, when was stripped, but here’s painting time. Also painted the vise for my new bench(didn’t like the booger green veritas sent me). Used Rustoleums semi gloss engine primer and paint.

I flattend the sole on my jointer bed. Some more time on a wire wheel and buffer…....And she’s done.
WAAALLLLLAAAAA!


Here’s the obligatory ‘shavings pic.’ It’s already put it to work on my new benchtop (maybe another blog). I’m disgusted and delighted to say this hundred year old plane works as well as my high dollar veritas.

Also I just picked up an old no. 6 on craigslist for $20. As they say, a love for hand planes is a slippery slope.

-- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer



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#1 posted 01-24-2013 04:02 AM

Tried to make a blog with photobucket. Pics are all zoomed in. I give up.

-- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#2 posted 01-24-2013 04:20 AM

Looks like a great rehab. Addicting stuff.

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#3 posted 01-24-2013 04:29 AM

Nice find and rehab. Don’t worry about the antique purists. A tool has no worth if it isn’t being used. I’ve recently seen several #8s go for $120 on ebay and in worse shape too.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#4 posted 01-24-2013 04:35 AM

I wish I had a friend like yours…..
Great job on the restore. Yea, it is a slippery slope. If you want more torture, go take a look at the Hand Planes of Your Dreams thread. There are a bunch of addicts on there that LOVE to spread the sickness. ALong with a LOT of great information from several that are really talented at restoring planes. Some that would be trash to most people.

Also, here is a good link on stanley plane dating and typing
Stanley Typing

And a huge amount of information on Stanley planes of all types
Patrick's Blood and Gore

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 04:36 AM

Photobucket is a headache… you can try to use its “edit” to resize the images down to 600 wide by what ever tall. It will get the image to fit in the form.

As for the restore nice job. I got a union no. 8 that looks just like it. Of course the union is a knock off. I really like the low knobs. They just feel better when you got a giant plane. The smaller planes 3-5 tall knobs work well.

And welcome to the slippery slope..

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#6 posted 01-24-2013 04:48 AM

Nice restore job!

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#7 posted 01-24-2013 05:03 AM

Excellent plane, ditto on the restore! Well done!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#8 posted 01-24-2013 02:01 PM

Excellent job on the restoration, it will make a great user.

Have you shown the restored version to the friend that was going to throw it away?

And another welcome to the teflon covered, oil soaked decline. There is no going back.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 01-24-2013 02:30 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys. Especially the tip for photobucket. Somehow in the past decade since college I have fallen behind on technology….and my wife wasn’t here to help;-) I’m sure it’s the first of many restores, but I’m going to get back to woodworking for now. Maybe a restore between furniture builds.

To think 6 months ago I only had a block plane. I won’t say how many I have now….smirk

-- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#10 posted 01-24-2013 10:27 PM

Lets see. 6 months at so many a week plus the others and then some, that equals. You probably have somewhere around 30 right?

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#11 posted 01-25-2013 12:00 AM

Nice job. Now that you know how easy it is we’ll expect many more. I love to see these come back to life.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#12 posted 01-25-2013 01:15 AM

Well, I am in the double digits on the plane count already. One of my lumber sources has over 300. He won’t sell any to me yet. Saw another decent no.8 today at an antique mall for $50 (can you tell I’m on vacation this week?). It was hard to pass on, but I need some other tools now. If anybody is in the Omaha area and wants it, shoot me a message and I’ll tell you where it is.

-- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#13 posted 01-25-2013 01:20 AM

I can’t count mine, they are spread out to far, but it’s in the 300 range. Its a sickness.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#14 posted 10-18-2013 10:47 PM

I’m a bit late to the party, but nice restoration. The paint job looks great, all the prep-work paid off.

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