I’ve got a years worth of derusting to do, so I decided to just make a blog series of it. Welcome to part 1 of my insanity…
As I mentioned in a prevous post, the next piece up for restoration from my pile of misfit tools was this vintage Stanley #4.
Yea, it’s a sad sight to behold. Twenty years ago planes in this condition would be parted out for replacement in better planes. But this is a type 17 model made between 1942-1945. That’s right, it’s a veteran of WWII. And I couldn’t just discard a fellow veteran so a rehabbing we will go.
I’m pretty sure this plane was a Marine. See that rotten wood? You don’t get that rot chasing Rommel across North Africa or while freezing your toes off in Bastogne. No, that’s the kind of rot you get island hopping across the Pacific, wading ashore onto one malaria infected pile of lava and coral after another. While the metal parts go into the electrolysis tank, we whip up a new knob and tote.
That’s the new tote and knob on the left. In the middle is a red-lacquered version of what the knob should have looked like. Yes, mine is a bit fatter in the waist, what can I say – I like a little junk in the trunk. On the far right is what the original knob looked like after 70 years of neglect. The only thing that was left of the original tote was the bottom 3/4” of wood and it looked just as bad as that knob.
I used walnut for the new tote/knob. What, you were expecting rosewood? Well this was the war – all the good rosewood was being used to make executive desks for the generals in the Army Air Corps. No, walnut was good enough for the stocks on the M1 Garand, it’s good enough for this Stanley plane.I did take the liberty of wiping on a hint of dye – walnut mixed with jet black – to darken it a bit. I still need to scrub them one more time and shoot another layer of lacquer on them, but otherwise they are ready to go.
All that’s left now?
1. De-rust the body and frog
2. De-pit the body and frog
3. Rejapan the body and frog
4. Clean the lever cap
5. De-rust the iron and chipbreaker.
6. Sharpen it up
7. clean up the knob/tote/frog screws.
Next post I hope to show a body/frog ready to go. I need to find a decent flapwheel for cleaning the lever cap though – it’s got some serious pits, and the iron is going to need a LOT of work so it might be a while before I’m done.