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Stanley Bailey Plane Restoration #1: No. 4 - Type 9

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Blog entry by BradJacob posted 03-30-2010 12:53 AM 2657 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Plane: #4 – type 9 (1902-1908)

Paid: $12.55

Where: eBay

Equipment:
  • 6” buffer
  • compound
  • wire-wheel
  • 55/10/2 battery charger (electrolysis).
  • In addition, got me some EvapOrust – for small parts. (want to try both Evaporust & electroysis to see which I prefer.)

Comments: This is my first restoration. Thanks to Alonso for the inspiration to get into what seems like a very therapeutic and rewarding hobby! I’ll be posting the results once the plane is finished.

Front
Before

Rear
Irons

Irons
Rear

Sole
Sole

-- - Brad



6 comments so far

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Alonso

946 posts in 1892 days


#1 posted 03-30-2010 01:21 AM

That’s a nice looking plane, it should look great after the restoration. Did you got some sandpaper, 100,150,220 grit, how are you planning on sharpening the blade? Could a replacement blade fit between your budget?

I see that the knob is rosewood but how about the tote? looks like has some kind of finish lacquer on top of it?

Have fun and enjoy your restoration.

Alonso

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

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bigike

4031 posts in 1942 days


#2 posted 03-30-2010 02:30 AM

nice can’t wait to see the finnish product.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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BradJacob

36 posts in 1653 days


#3 posted 03-30-2010 05:25 AM

Yeah, I forgot to mention the sandpaper. 100 and 220 grit so far.

So, great success tonight! The buffer works great and so does the Evaporust. I’ll leave it overnight since I ran out of time tonight. I also video taped the progress and hopefully will be able to post an edited video. What does everyone use to get into the brass adjustment dial to buff it clean?

-- - Brad

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Alonso

946 posts in 1892 days


#4 posted 03-30-2010 05:43 AM

The brass adjustment its a little tricky, but the way I do it its to try to clean as much as possible with the buffer and whatever remains I clean it with brasso. Does it answer your question?

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

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JohnnyW

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#5 posted 03-30-2010 11:25 AM

Looks like you got a real bargain there. I’ve just done my first restoration and I agree – it is very rewarding, even addictive.

To clean the brass I tested an old wives tale (sorry if there are any old wives reading this) – ketchup. I squirted it into a small container, just enough to cover the parts, then dunked them in it for around 10 minutes. A quick rinse in cold water and they were bright and clean with no rubbing. But one word of caution -they took on a slight red tint. I managed to clear that with another old remedy – soaking in vinegar. So I’d recommend just dipping them for 3-5 minutes, then rinse them and having a look.

-- John

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BradJacob

36 posts in 1653 days


#6 posted 03-30-2010 08:25 PM

John – Really? I’ll have to give that a try. I can see myself now, in the name of “frugal”, I’ll be scouring Burger King’s everywhere grabbing the ketchups that people are ready to toss!

In all seriousness, does it leave a high gloss shine like it’s been polished? I’m also going to use my trusty old friend – Mother’s polish. Stuff works wonders.

Anyway, thanks for the idea – I’ll give it a try tonight ;-)

-- - Brad

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