Several weeks ago I was discussing my wood working habit with my wife’s uncle, and expressed my desire to obtain an antique Stanley plane. He was about to head down to Texas for a vacation to some giant garage sale, and he’d keep an eye out for me. I pulled up a picture on my phone and showed him what i was looking for, and quickly forgot all about it.
This past weekend we were helping them move and he said “hey i have a plane for you”
and pulled out THIS
After some research, I believe that this is a specimen of the “Type 9” Stanley number 5 jack plane made between 1902 and 1907.
All the parts are present, and there is minimal damage to the metal components, leading me to believe that this plane was used by someone who respected their tools.
As you can see in the toe and heel closeups above, the knob and tote have breakage. The knob has split in multiple places around its base, presumably from either over-tightening or the being too loose on its rod. meanwhile, the tote has suffered more significant damage (it’s broken in two about 1/3 of the way up) and an attempted repair with what appears to be epoxy.My plan for restoring this tool to its former glory is as follows:
- disassemble and evaluate the extent of rust and any hidden damage
- remove rust and polish brass
- construct new knob and tote (wood choice?)
- possibly strip and repaint (paint choice?)
- sharpen blade and chip breaker
This is my first restoration, so I would really appreciate any pointers!