My Hand Tool Journey #11: Plane Restoration

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Blog entry by Kent Shepherd posted 09-06-2011 06:21 PM 3315 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Tool Gloat! Part 11 of My Hand Tool Journey series Part 12: More Restorations »

About 3 weeks ago, I posted pictures of several vintage tools I bought at a garage sale.
I am beginning to get them cleaned and in working order. I started with a Millers Falls #10. It had the most rust of all the planes I bought. You will see a lot of pitting on this. I had wanted to get it looking like new, but sometimes that is just not practical. I am afraid there would have been no metal left. I did however, get it cutting well which is really all that mattered to me anyway. I decided to leave the paint as is. Sometimes I see fantastic restorations and have to hold myself back, since I do use my hand tools. It is OK for vintage tools to look like “vintage tools”. The tote and knob are original, but refinished with Red Mahogany dye stain and lacquer.

Enjoy the tour!


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#1 posted 09-06-2011 06:32 PM

Kent, that looks great!

I agree with you on not painting this one…. the japanning looks plenty good enough. And you are right about the pitting. You never really know how much of that there is until you start cleaning. Sometimes you just have to live with it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-06-2011 06:34 PM

I forgot to mention… On the Craftsman I just restored, the frog was painted red like this one, and the paint was in perfect shape. Unfortunately, when I soaked it in Simple Green to loosen up the grime, the paint started to come off. Oh well… live and learn.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 09-06-2011 07:07 PM

Nice job Kent. I just found another Millers Falls #10. You can’t see it but it was in this pile.

I put it in the evapo-rust yesterday, so I hope I can work on it after work today.

I have another #10 and a Stanley #4 1/2, so not sure where this one will end up.
Was yours this bad before starting?

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

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#4 posted 09-06-2011 09:27 PM

Beautiful plane, Kent.

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#5 posted 09-07-2011 03:05 PM

Very nice user. Well done.

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#6 posted 09-07-2011 11:25 PM

It’s a beauty Ken.
Congrat on that one.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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