Thanks to this site and fellow woodworkers such as Wayne C., I was motivated to tune some planes that were under sawdust in my shop. So, to the chagrin of my wife (after the “behind her back”) purchase of the battery charger, I dove in head first.
I was like a pig in mud watching those hydrogen bubbles percolating next to my rusty parts. The garage soon became messy, the laundry room sink was spickled with magnetite, my workshop smelled less like sawdust and more like WD-40, and my wife had her hands on her hips, but I was happy.
I soon was aware I had a problem….I ran out of planes to restore. With no RA meetings nearby to attend, I gave in to my new vice and learned a new skill, eBay. What a great place! There are tools all over the site. I searched “ugly, pitted, rusty planes” and bought some, and restored some, and bought a few more. The electrolysis machine was now working full time, even heating the garage in January. I soon was looking everywhere for rusty stuff, and then my neighbor came by.
Frank, my dear neighbor and friend, came by to say hello and noticed what I was doing. He left without a word and soon returned with TWO BOXES of rusty tools that he dug out from the depths of his garage. Among this lot were THREE Stanley Bailey #5 planes. I dated them roughly from the “Blood and Gore” site; these were old turn of the century-ish planes. In addition, Frank brought rasps, files, butt gauges (IOB), calipers, egg beater drills, marking gauges, etc. WHEW! It’s not over yet. Frank told his son, Scott, what I was up to and Scott remembered the box of rust he has which was his grandfather’s, the carpenter’s, tools. I should get to see them this week.
Well anyway, thanks Wayne. I include before and after of one of Frank’s #5’s. Ron Baird
Before Restoration of SB#5
-- Ron Baird, Pennsylvania, WINDGAP375@aol.com "WORK HARD, BE GOOD, HAVE FUN"