I hadn’t planed on buying the #2 sized plane because of the price and the fact that its small size is not much use for me. Well a few weeks back this #2 plane was up for sale on Ebay and it caught my eye. The plane was in rough shape and the price was lower then what I see a lot of Stanley #2’s sell for. My love for collecting these things got the better of me and I placed my bid. I won the auction for what I feel was a decent price.
To restore or not to restore that is the question….
Collector value comes into question with this plane but the truth of the matter is I don’t ever plan on selling this plane so the actual collector value really means very little to me.
This plane was defiantly a heavy user plane for someone. The plane had a decent amount of rust, there were paint drops on the handles and the iron had seen a lot of grindings. The back tote was broken at the bottom and a piece was missing and the round part of the sole behind the tote was broken off. The plane was probably dropped a few times. So all in all the plane was not all that pretty and it needed some attn before it could be placed on my shelf next to my others. I debated on how far I was going to go on the cleaning/restoration of this plane and I decided to just start working on it and see where it took me.
I took the plane apart and soaked the metal parts in EvapoRust. As they were soaking I cleaned up the handle and knob. I didn’t get extreme here, I just scrapped the paint off with a razor blade and then gave them a light sanding. After that a few coats of lacquer and called em good.
After the metal parts soaked for a few hours I pulled them out and gave them a light polishing. The sole was begging me to repaint it but I decided not to. I just cleaned it as best as I could and waxed it to prevent further rust.
The sides were cleaned and lightly polished. I flattened the face of the frog and polished it a little as well. I didn’t get extreme when cleaning the brass but I gave it a good cleaning/polish. I flattened the sole and I cleaned the blade with a wire wheel and then ground a new bevel on it. After flattening the back and honing a micro bevel it now cuts fine shavings.
After using this plane I realized what I had all ready expected and that is this plane is much to small for me to use. However its the perfect size for my boys to use once they are ready to start learning. I plan on hopefully teaching all 3 of my boys how to use a hand plane using this #2.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"