Stanley Plane Restoration - No. 5, Type 19 - BEFORE PICTURES

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Blog entry by BradJacob posted 10-26-2010 03:41 AM 6477 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone. Last year I became interested in restoring planes. I created one project blog where I was restoring an early Type 9. Then, while working with on a wood project, the Walnut got me real sick. It took almost one month to get better, then spring came, summer, BBQ’s, band practice, life…..

Here is it fall again and I’m back in the shop restoring my planes. I got two going right now. One is the old Type 9 and the other is a Type 19 that I picked up on eBay for something like $10 bucks? This was in really rough shape – but is surprisingly turning out to be one nice plane. It’s nearly done. I only need to spray the handle with lacquer and spray the frog. When done, I’ll post the results and details of the restoration. Here are the before pictures:

-- - Brad

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#1 posted 10-26-2010 05:08 AM

That blade and chip breaker look to be in pretty rough shape. Are you planning on trying to salvage the original iron and chip breaker or do you plan to replace it? I have a plane just like this. I’ve been thinking of getting either a Hock Iron/chipbreaker set or possibly the Pinnacle ones that Woodcraft sells for my plane. A new Stanley brand blade would probably be thinner than the original that you have there.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 10-26-2010 05:57 AM

Hey Brad,

What are your intentions with the planes you are restoring? Sell them, keep ‘em to be users?
Also curious about how you’re going to handle the rust and japanning removal: chemical stripper? electrolysis?

Sorry to hear about your illness, was that an allergic reaction?

I just finished my third plane, and can’t wait ‘till I get ahold of my next one. My wife hates it when I get bit by a bug, . . . but I love it!


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 02:36 PM

Doc -
The blade and breaker were REALLY pitted. Destroyed… I replaced them with another blade/breaker (that are in great condition) from a donor plane of a similar type. I think once all my planes are done – and sharpened – I’ll see about new blades for all of them.

IC3 -
All planes are to be users. I wouldn’t restore them otherwise, I’d just keep them aged. For the jappaning removal, I used electrolysis. At first, I thought the paint would be loose and falling off. (which is why I posted a blog for ideas). But after dragging a screwdriver along the paint on the bed (after the electrolysis) the paint just crumbled away. So they all get the electro-treatment to make the paint soft and crumbly.

I think my sickness was definitely an allergic reaction to walnut. I use my respirator now anytime there is walnut dust in the air.

And yes, this restoration is quite addictive.

-- - Brad

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