This is the first specialty use plane that I have restored back to user condition. It was a long process but it was worth it as this is a very sweet plane to use. On my very first attempt I was able to cut an almost perfect tongue & groove within 5 minuets. It is a very well designed plane and is a great addition to my collection.
I got this plane off Ebay for around 30 dollars. It was in pretty rough shape from a cosmetic point of view but its all cast solid so there is not much you can do to damage or break the plane. The entire body of the plane is nickel plated and I spent a while cleaning and polishing it. After many hours of detail cleaning and polishing I still was not happy with the appearance of plane. There were a lot of small chips in the nickel coating and I decided I wanted to somehow refinish the plane. I spent a little time looking into the process of nickel plating and how to do it as I toyed with the idea of doing this myself. I also looked into metallic nickel colored spray paint as my 2nd choice. I gave it a lot of thought and finally decided to go with the spray paint. For the paint I used a spray can of Rust Oleum Metallic Satin Nickel. This spray paint went on really nice and covered very well. I applied a total of about 5 thin coats. I was very happy with the finish and it looked a lot better then I had expected it to.
I let the plane sit for about a week before I did anything else. I don’t know if there is a set cure time for the paint but better safe then sorry. I spent some time cleaning and waxing the spring loaded fence pin. I wanted to make sure the fence would work real smooth when put back together. It was a little tricky getting the fence reattached but I got it on.
I spent a lot of time with the blades as well as they were in bad shape. I flattened the backs and grinned new bevels on them. The blades were a little small for my honing jig so I basically did most of it free hand.
Once complete I tested the plane out on a couple scraps of pine. The pictures show my very first attempt and as you can see I was able to cut an almost perfect tongue and groove on my very first try. This plane is that easy to use. Its a very sweet user and now I just have to find more uses for T&G joints.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"