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Blog entry by MarkPopenhagen posted 03-28-2008 12:18 AM 814 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m currently restoring my grandpa’s old Stanley #6 plane that I plan to use, NOT as a collection item. I know all the work I’m doing on it destroys the collection value, but I think Grandpa would have been happier knowing I was using it.

I don’t have it in front of me right now, but the two patent dates are in 1900. There isn’t a bolt (or even a hole for one) to move the frog forward or back if that helps anyone. Unfortuantely, it was tossed in a box for years and got pretty rusty. The sole is dead flat and square with no cracks. I’ve used electrolysis to clean it up and it’s looking pretty good. However, some parts just couldn’t be salvaged. I’m looking for new bolts to hold the frog onto the body. They’re size 12 (not 1/4 inch), 1/2 inch long, have a hex head with flathead screwdriver slot, and coarse thread. I found new handles already as the originals were in several pieces. I’d also love to find a couple of new brass “nuts” that hold the handles on. Mine are serviceable, but not very nice. They are also size 12 with a coarse thread. Finally, as I can’t afford to have it rejapanned, does anyone have any suggestions of what I could use to protect the metal, make it look nice, but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 03-28-2008 12:24 AM

You could try ebay for old junk ones with the parts you need.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Earle Wright

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#2 posted 03-28-2008 12:51 AM

There are also many individual parts for Stanley planes offered on eBay daily. Google “Stanley plane” and you will find sites dedicated to nothing else. The folks who run those sites and the folks who contribute to those sites can put you on the parts you need.

Not to denigrate your heirloom in any way, but the #6 has puzzled many for years as to why it was ever made. You may end up restoring it as a collection item after all, once attempting its use.

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#3 posted 03-28-2008 12:58 AM

Highland Hardware carries replacement parts for Stanley planes. They may have something you’re after.

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#4 posted 03-28-2008 01:02 AM

Here are several web sites that may help you with your plane in addition to eBay:

The Superior Works: Patrick’s Blood and Gore – (copyrighted material but very informative)
Union Hill Antique Tools –
Planes From the Past –

I have several old Stanley planes which I use in my woodworking, and I have replaced parts. I have even gotten parts from the Stanley Company!

- Frank Hutchison, Spokane Valley, WA

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Mark Shymanski

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#5 posted 03-28-2008 01:08 AM

I’m just in the process of rejuvenating my Dad’s planes (he inherited them from his Dad, I hope to use them and pass them on down to my kids… good thing Dad had two number 4s). I am using citric acid and water to dissolve the rust ( at tip from another newsgroup…am I dating myself by using that word?) and had a mechanical engineer friend of mine get me some frog bolts.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 03-28-2008 02:30 AM

hey mark, i also was just given one of my grandpa’s old no. 6 and i love it . Being a smaller person it is the perfect size for me. the no 8 is a giant that i don’t need. Also check out they have a lot of stuff.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 03-28-2008 02:59 AM

Woodcraft has totes and knobs from Crown. I think they also have screws nuts. All else is available on E-bay. If not, contact Pete Niederberger in Mamouth Lakes, California. He usually has an ad in the classifieds in FWW. #6’s in good shape are readily available on E-Bay. They are pretty cheap since most people want a #7 or 8 and already have a #5.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 03-28-2008 10:07 AM

Good luck, and please post your results. I have a couple of planes I am going to restore, and I am sure several others do too.

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#9 posted 03-28-2008 03:09 PM

Thanks everyone for the great thoughts. I’ll begin my search again with a bit more direction this time! I had totally forgotten about eBay. Any thoughts on the japanning?

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John Gray

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#10 posted 03-29-2008 05:10 AM Look here and look around the sight for more parts.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 03-29-2008 10:44 AM

Here’s an article on DIY japanning.

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