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Blog entry by MGW posted 08-25-2011 03:09 AM 1509 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been trolling Ebay for the last month or so looking for hand tools, especially planes. I’m sorry if I’m the one who stole something away from you, but I lost many more auctions than I won, as I’m sure everybody knows!

Today, I arrived home to two boxes on the porch, containing the last two Stanley planes I needed to have what I feel is a pretty good start of a collection. (I had to rush them to the shop before YKW got home and found me getting “MORE PLANES“)

They are all Baileys, including #3, #4, #4 1/2, #5, #6, and #7. I also grabbed a #220 block plane and #190 in my hunts. I’m keeping my eyes open for others, but in what I’ve been reading, this is more than enough to set up as “users.”

Honestly, I’ve done nothing with any of the planes, except admire them as they struck sexy poses on the table in the corner. I have had a couple of hand planes for several year (bottom of mystery buckets from estate auctions), including a not very old Craftsman something or other. Last week, I stripped it apart and soaked it in Evapo-Rust and used a toothbrush to get the gunk out of it. It looks much nicer, but is no where near usable yet. I have a lot to learn, but wanted to practice on something that I didn’t feel was too valuable. I still need to clean on it some more, but I also need to figure out how to tune and sharpen it. Once I get comfortable with that, I’ll try it out on my other no-name. Then it will be time to start in on the REAL planes.

Check out the pictures below and let me know if you know anything about any of these or have any advise. I’ve bookmarked Patrick’s Blood and Gore but other than a quick check to make sure what I was buying had some worth, I haven’t had much time to study up on my specific planes yet. And I keep finding more LJs that are simply artists when it comes to restoring planes, so I’ve been hanging on their every post as I run across them.

Thanks for checking this out!

Here’s the whole Stanley gang together for the first time!

These are the “Before” pictures of the Craftsman plane. I still have work to do before showing its completion. Anyone have any ideas what it is?


-- Michael, North Carolina -- Whittling away the time making fine lumber into perfect fire stove fuel.

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#1 posted 08-25-2011 03:41 AM

Nice set and congrats on completing the set!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 08-25-2011 04:29 AM

I beleive you are embarking on a long and winding road. Yet it can be gratifying and quite useful.
I think I’m simply an earlier start.

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#3 posted 08-25-2011 04:34 AM

Are there any markings on the body, the blade or the frog if there are close up photo’s would help is a good resource for dating your planes
Then you need to decide if you have collected them as collectibles (or for me as a user)
and that will determine how to go about cleaning them up

You have great little collection ….my habit is currently in remission not sure if it will come back again

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 08-25-2011 08:17 AM

congrat´s with your new toy´s :-)



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#5 posted 08-25-2011 01:20 PM

You have the right ideas. Buy old planes, ask for advice and get er done ! It is very satisfying taking an old rusty, broken down plane and bringing it back to life.
Have fun !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 08-25-2011 02:17 PM

Could just be an optical illusion but the picture of the plane on its side seems to reveal a
pronounced (sole) bow. You might want to attempt truing the sole flat first just in case it’s beyond help.

Great set! I went about gathering my planes the same way.

-- Jay in Changsha

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#7 posted 08-25-2011 03:08 PM

Once you derust it all and have it clean, you can flatten the sole (and you should). A bench/jack plane the does not have a flat sole is about worthless no matter what else you do. When flattening be sure to leave the frog, blade (retacted), chipbreaker, and lever cap installed and semi-tight. Make a bunch of pencil marks across the sole about every 1/2” (as a reference so you can tell whats getting flat as you sand). Sand on top of a very flat surface (like a cast iron bed of a jointer or TS, a piece of melamine, or plate glass). If you have a lot to correct don’t be afraid to start with a lower grit. Keep marking the bottom as you change grits to indicate your progress. Don’t oversand and pay close attention to what you are doing and it will turn out great!

Looking forward to seeing your progress.

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#8 posted 08-25-2011 04:34 PM

Thanks everyone!

@JRL—I didn’t notice the bow in the sole, but I’ll definitely check that out and work on it. I’m sure I’ll need the practice for the Stanleys.

@ratchet—Thanks for the explanation. I have seen a lot of sharpening and cleaning advise, but have yet to see flattening explained. If the bow that JRL noticed is really there, I’ll have a lot of work to do.

I’ll keep everyone posted.

-- Michael, North Carolina -- Whittling away the time making fine lumber into perfect fire stove fuel.

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#9 posted 08-25-2011 07:31 PM

I have two complete sets of planes and that’s where I got mine – Ebay. I don’t have any #8’s although I would like to. I also have a few specialty planes. I like Ebay too because I don’t have time to do anything else. I can’t afford the time to shop around and go to yard sales etc. You’ll probably be buying some more as well. Nice going.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 08-25-2011 09:49 PM

Rob Cosman has a dvd where he shows and explains how to tune an old plane. He covers everything you need to know in the video. You can get this info in other places but I personally learn best when I actually see it being done as opposed to reading it. I think woodcraft sells the dvd. Just thought I would let you know about it.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#11 posted 08-26-2011 03:11 AM

I’m a little concerned about your secreting your stash from “YKW”. It’s not like your stashing liquor or collecting porn. Be proud of your collection, perhaps offer some samples to YKW to help decorate around the house. If the perceived problem escalates, promise her/him (PC you know) that you will start attending the local 12-step program “WA”

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#12 posted 08-28-2011 02:04 AM

Greg—The problem with marrying a woman smarter than me, is that she only lets me THINK that I’m one step ahead! Tonight at dinner, she told the room about all of the planes that I’ve been getting in the mail. And all this time, I thought she knew of only a couple! I wouldn’t trade her for anything, though.

-- Michael, North Carolina -- Whittling away the time making fine lumber into perfect fire stove fuel.

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#13 posted 08-28-2011 07:59 AM

Michael :
it sounds like you on the right shelf with the rest of us ….. :-)
if she knows so much about them …..........are you sure she ain´t sneak out to the shop
and use them while you sleep …LOL


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