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Saving Old Tools One At A Time #1: Stanley #4 Rehab, the Journey Begins

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Blog entry by JustJoe posted 406 days ago 1123 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Saving Old Tools One At A Time series Part 2: Stanley #4 Rehab, Done For Now. »

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.
8. Reassemble.

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.

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BTimmons

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#1 posted 406 days ago

You’re off to a good start. Always satisfying to see tools given a second lease on life.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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ratchet

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#2 posted 406 days ago

That one is going to take some work. It might be worse than the one I did here: http://lumberjocks.com/ratchet/blog/21662

Looking forward to the journey.

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 406 days ago

Wonderful words for the start of your journey! I thoroughly enjoyed your coralation to those yesterdays of my youth. And, a marvelous work on the knob and tote. They are beautiful. Anxoiusly awaiting the fo;;owup edit.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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ScaleShipWright

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#4 posted 406 days ago

another “mission impossible” that I bet you will successfully accomplish. Have a good work!

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map

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#5 posted 406 days ago

If you haven’t already, go to the auto parts or farm store and get some Evaporust. The stuff is just short of magic. I would disassemble ans soak that plane over night in Evaporust. The next day, rinse it off with water and a brillo pad. 20 minutes with a wire wheel and you have a new looking plane…all of the rust is gone. If the japanning is still ok, it will still be there. You should have a good looking user when you are done. Nice work!

-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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JustJoe

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#6 posted 406 days ago

I’ve got a gallon of evaporust. I prefer to use electrolysis for the big stuff though because it takes less rinsing to remove the odd smell, and a lot less polishing to remove the dull gray look that evaporust imparts on everything. I still use it, but only for the small bolts and stuff that need to be cleaned off, not shined up.

Ratchet – I saw that plane, good save! I think we’re about even at the starting point, although you had wood, I had wood remnants.

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Don W

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#7 posted 406 days ago

That’s pretty nasty. I’m glad you’re going to save it. I’m glad you’re going to tale us on the journey.

Are you going to use real japanning or engine enamel?

weren’t the m1 stocks beech?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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JustJoe

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#8 posted 406 days ago

The M1 used walnut in that era, although other woods were used later:
http://www.perfectunion.com/vb/m1-garand-talk/52081-m1-garand-stock-wood.html

I’m going to use real japanning, but only because I still have a large jar of it to use up. I find it a bit hard to work with so when that’s gone, or if I ever forget to close the lid and it solidifies, I’ll move on to enamels. I’m not a true purist – I just want them to work when I’m done. I’ve got a late 60’s, early 70’s craftsman I’m thinking of redoing in day-glo colors next so I can put a blacklight in the shop and plane in the dark…

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Don W

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#9 posted 406 days ago

I’ve built a few rifles out of mausers, but I’ve never refinished (or owned) a M1.

so I can put a blacklight in the shop and plane in the darkā€¦

now why didn’t I think of that??

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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