Restoring Hand Planes.. My methods #24: A collection of before/after photos of planes I have restored

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Rather then doing a separate blog on all of these I figured it would be easier to just post a blog of before and after shots of some of my plane restorations… Some of these have been completely restored and some just cleaned up and tuned.

Stanley #40 1/2 Scrub Plane

Stanley #10 Bench Rabbet Plane

Stanley #113 Compass Plane

Stanley #78 Rabbet Plane

Wooden Skew Rabbet plane (Gift from fellow LJ Member)

Stanley #45 Combination Plane

Sargent #2204 Small Steel Block Plane

Vaughn & Bushnell #703? (iron and lever cap are not original to plane) No before picture.

Thats all for now… I will finish with a family photo of my growing collection.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 743 days ago

Nice! Dan I’m actually surprised that all of your planes would fit on that bench. Are you sure there arent some more stashed away somewhere?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 743 days ago

Outstanding resurrections as always Dan.

That family shot is still impressive.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 743 days ago

That is quite the family photo.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#4 posted 743 days ago

Looks like 70+ in your family. Ain’t it fun ? And it doesn’t take all that long to get that many…....I KNOW all to well.
Hope you enjoy adding to the family of planes as much as I did.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 743 days ago

nice work Dan. I love the photos. Your building quit a collection.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#6 posted 743 days ago

Bravo, bravo! great work on these sir. Your family is growing quickly, thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 742 days ago

Dan you need a intervention or my mailing address…lol nice collection of planes…Blkcherry

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#8 posted 742 days ago

Yer jus plane good Dan. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 742 days ago

Nice collection,, I suffer from the same “sickness” I dont have nearly that many, but am working on it.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#10 posted 742 days ago

WOW Dan, that is quite a collection. I bet you never have time to use them all… lol.
Your #40 and #10 are on my wish list too. Nice restores on all of them.
Unfortunately, I have been bitten by the hand plane bug myself and am just starting out. Just bought a #3 and #5 1/2C in the past month. I have a lot more I want. DARN sickness. Glad to see I don’t have it as bad as others….yet.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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#11 posted 736 days ago

Interesting that you did away with the handle on the wooden skew rabbet.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#12 posted 736 days ago

Scott, you cant really tell from the before picture but the tote on the skewed rabbet was toast. It had been broken in 3 places and it was also nailed back together in a couple spots. Chunks of the bottom were missing and there was no way I could have restored the tote. I started making a new one and it was a little tricky because the bottom of the tote fits in a mortise thats cut in the plane. I spent a good deal of time getting a blank cut out to fit the mortise but when I went to shape it the damn thing snapped on me. I was being a bit rough with the rasp I guess… I didn’t want to spend another min on it so I just cut it off even with the body and decided to go toteless… Its perfectly comfortable to hold while using it without the tote there though.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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