Hand Tool Journey #9: Stanley No. 62 Restored, Bench Finished!

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Blog entry by Blake posted 12-02-2009 10:57 PM 6090 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Stanley No. 62

After putting the Stanley No. 62 low angle jack plane through electrolysis still had quite a bit of work to do. Here is a “before photo” as a reminder:


In my last post WayneC commented:
I would seal the japanned area using a clear schallac. This will prevent further rust. 3 in 1 oil on the adjustment screw. On the knobs they look repairable to me. Glue and refinish. Given the value of this plane, I would keep the original knobs. I would use a good paste wax on the rest of the metal parts.

Well thats exactly what I did (Thanks Wayne). The Shellac looked great on the old Japanning. Even though it wasn’t all there it re-emphasized whats left of it.

And I did decide to repair and refinish the tote and knob and they came out great. The tote was broken in two places (three pieces). So I drilled three holes up through it and drove 2 1/2” finish nails into the holes to reinforce the epoxied joints. Then I stripped the old finish off and applied thee coats of Shellac.

Anyway, here is the finished result:




Woodworking Bench

I also finished my bench! Sorry, I didn’t take any more progress photos toward the end. But since the last blog I basically just drilled the 3/4” dog holes, made vice handles, and finished the top with Danish Oil and Wax. Here is the finished project:

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Now its time to put it all together and make some shavings!

-- Happy woodworking!

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-02-2009 11:01 PM

Great job,Blake!

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#2 posted 12-02-2009 11:14 PM

Unbelievable transformation! Thats a real worker now. Have you tuned it up yet to get to work or only cosmetic so far? I guess we need the obligatory shavings photo.

Nice bench too.

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 11:18 PM

I still need to sharpen it. Guess I forgot to mention that. I’ll get you that shavings photo.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 12-02-2009 11:25 PM

Well done Blake. Looking forward to getting your impression as to how well it works in your shooting board.

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

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#5 posted 12-02-2009 11:32 PM

Shooting boards will probably be the next blog in the series… unless I get distracted by dovetail practicing. But I’ve always wanted a shooting board.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 11:35 PM

Thats a beautiful plane restoration, great job


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

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Brian Havens

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#7 posted 12-02-2009 11:52 PM

Restored? More like a resurrection! These are the most fun and satisfying, though. Nice results. Can’t wait to see some shavings.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 12-03-2009 12:39 AM

Blake, this plane looks better now than it did when it was new. Great restoration job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 12-03-2009 01:23 AM

Great job(s)!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Tim Dahn

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#10 posted 12-03-2009 01:43 AM

Very nice restore Blake, looks as good as new!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#11 posted 12-03-2009 02:24 AM

oh man blake this came out real nice, i wish i got the one i bid on but my money wasnt right at the time. it was in the same shape as yours was too so now i know it would have came out real nice. now i get stuck with buying one of the new style ones from stanley, but still when i get my money right anyway u have a real nice plane there hope to see the work it produces?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 12-03-2009 12:19 PM

Excellent job Blake. It feel great giving an old tool new life. Looks like new.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#13 posted 12-03-2009 04:56 PM

You might be interested in this restoration.

Note the reference to the LN blade. Something to consider when you have tried it out.

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

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#14 posted 12-03-2009 08:52 PM

Wow that sure cames out great

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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