Stanley Bailey Plane Restoration #2: No. 5-1/2 Sweetheart

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Blog entry by BradJacob posted 10-29-2010 11:27 PM 8735 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: No. 4 - Type 9 Part 2 of Stanley Bailey Plane Restoration series Part 3: No. 5, Type 18 »

He we go again. This is a no. 5-1/2 Sweetheart that was is relatively great condition. All it really “needed” was a good cleaning and maybe a little polishing of the brass. The handle and tote are all in great condition with no chips or cracks. The iron and chip breaker as pretty clean and are free of any pitting. And 90% of the Jappaning is still there.

BUT – I like to fully restore them, so begins the process again. Below are some pictures of the plane bed – all wired up for it’s day at the Electrolysis spa. There is really no real rust to remove, so the bath will be to soften the Jappaning enough to chip it away really easy. I’ll snap some pictures of the frog, iron, wood and brass tonight and post them.

Notice the Pony-Clamp keeping the sacrificial metal tight against the bucket.

All wired up… The long bolts act like antennas to help the electric flow.

Bubbles Away!!

-- - Brad

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#1 posted 10-30-2010 12:18 AM

I always had trouble because someone told me you can’t put the copper into the water (don’t know for sure but thought it had to do with the copper potentially reacting). I got around this by running the copper to a steel clothes hanger and then the hanger to the plane, but I guess I can submerge the copper? Doesn’t look like it caused you any problems.

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