A couple of days ago I found out that its possible to restore an old plane. So I thought I’d give it a try.
I only have a few planes and really only one that works. A old Bailey 5 1/4. I read somewhere that they were made from 1920 to 1947 so its no wonder that it looks worn.
I bought it a year ago randomly, not thinking that it was anything special. I replace the blade with a Hock blade. That is really recommendable and I’ve just used it as were and have been very happy with it.
So I took it apart and put all metal parts in water with citric acid for some hours. The remaining few spots of rust was removed by hand.
Then I repainted the centre part
I sanded the knob and tote down and realized that the tote is rosewood and the knob is not rosewood but maybe beech that has been painted. Is that normal? or has the knob been replaced at some point.
They were soaked in linseed oil, they really needed it!
They ended up looking not new, but very nice. The tote has a chip-off, but it just ads to the patina.
So this is how it came out:
I am very satisfied. It doesn’t look new but looks like an old gem with patina and history and maybe that’s even better.