Restoring Hand Planes.. My methods #8: Complete restore of my Stanley #5 Jack Plane w finished pics

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Blog entry by Dan posted 03-10-2011 08:47 PM 8385 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is yet another one of my plane restorations. I don’t have a before picture of this plane because it is actually a mix of 3 different Stanley jack planes. I was restoring 3 of them at the same time and I mixed and matched the parts on them. I believe this one to be a type 11.

The only thing to note about the restoration of this one thats different from the others I posted is that I did my first handle repair. The Rosewood handle on this plane was broke in two pieces when I got it. I honestly didn’t think I was going to be able to repair and restore the handle to the shape that I did.

To fix the handle I first cleaned the surface area in which I was going to glue with mineral spirits. I made sure to scrub it really good with a fine abrasive pad. Once clean and dry I applied some wood glue and then simply clamped it by screwing the handle back onto the plane. The screw in which attaches the handle to the plane body gave plenty enough pressure to clamp it tightly.

Once dry I used yet another new approach to sanding the handle. This time I used my Dremmel tool with a fine abrasive buff attachment. The sanding drums on the Dremmel tool are way to coarse and leave burning and remove to much material. However I found these abrasive buffs to do a fantastic job. It made sanding the handle a breeze and it allowed me to spend special attn to fixed area. You can see in the pictures only a very slight line where it was repaired.

These abrasive buffs also work great on the small metal & brass parts and hard to reach areas.

In the coming days I will be posting my finished restorations for my #4, #7 and some different block planes.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 03-10-2011 11:06 PM

any particular place you picked up those abrasive pads? I am almost done with my 4 1/2 restoration, i will post pics when its done.

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 11:09 PM

That plane is looking good and this was a nice presentation. Thanks

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 03-10-2011 11:41 PM

Newplane- Any of the bigger home improvement stores that carry the dremmel tools should carry them. I got mine at Lowels but I have seen them at Home Depot as well. If you get them get the finer grit. I think the finest they have is 320.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 12:56 AM

yer doin a great job restorin those nice tools

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 06:46 AM

Nice one. Another plane lives again.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 04:15 PM

Nice restoration…a real beaut! Good job on the handle. It warms my heart to see that mutt #5 become serviceable again. Gotta ask…where is the obligatory pic of a whispy thin shaving come out of the throat?

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