Stanley #4 1/2 Restoration #1: Part 1

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Blog entry by GMatheson posted 11-01-2011 06:01 PM 5405 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I mentioned in my last post I picked up an old Stanley #4 1/2 type 13 plane. It was completely covered in a black greasy goo but I guess that probably saved it from rusting since all the tools were stored outside at the antique store I bought them from. Here are a few before pictures (I already partially cleaned the sides of the plane before these pics.)

I brought it home and took it all apart and soaked it all in Evaporust for about 20 hours. This was my first time using it and i was very impressed with how well it cleaned the plane. After I rinsed the parts off I gave them a light coat of oil and put the plane back together after polishing the brass since I was done working with it for the week. Looks almost new already doesn’t it.

So this weekend I flattened the sole and sides of the plane and gave it a bit of a polish and then sharpened the blade which was so badly chipped it looked like a saw blade.

I put it all back together and gave it a test run. Nice even shavings.

I haven’t decided if I want to repaint the plane or not but I do need to still work on the brass adjuster knob. It is really tight and barely turns so that is a priority to fix and the tote is broken in a few places and someone tried to nail it back together so I would like to make a new set of handles for it.

Well that’s it for today I guess

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 11-01-2011 07:09 PM

Excellent save. Those are some nice shavings. Looking for ward to futire installemtns.

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 12:55 AM

Nice job mate.
I had a similar problem with a brass adjusting nut on a restore.
It turned out that a previous owner had damaged the thread and once that was cleaned all worked perfectly.
Ron in Hobart

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 01:20 AM

Looks like the coveted pre-WWII era type S-B plane. It will serve you for your entire ww’ing career if maintained, so I don’t think you’d regret the purchase of a new handle.

-- Jay in Changsha

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#4 posted 11-02-2011 02:10 AM

I have some bubinga sitting around just waiting to be made into new handles for this plane.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 11-02-2011 02:46 AM

Looks good, some new handles and it will be over the top.

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Don W

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#6 posted 11-24-2011 12:18 AM

that’s 2 nice restores and I missed both of them. Not sure how that happened. Nice job. I went back and looked at the Disston restores as well. I like the thumb hole.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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