Hand Tools #4: Cleaning up my old planes (with Pics)

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Blog entry by MikeGCNY posted 04-17-2011 05:27 AM 1746 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent the day building face frames for my daughters bedroom built ins and also took some time to disassemble some of my old planes and give them all a bath in Evapo-Rust. I soaked all of the components with the exception of the knob and tote.

I am not restoring these planes to be placed on a shelf or sold. I am restoring them so that they are more usable. The methodology I have employed is as follows:

1. Disassemble all of the components that easily come apart.
2. Scrub everything (that is not wood) down with Simple Green.
3. Submerge all metal in Evapo-Rust. I submerged each plane separately so that I could get away with only purchasing 1 gallon of the stuff. For the #6 and #7 I used a plastic window box planter lined with a garbage bag. For all of the other planes and all of the other plane components I used a small plastic tote.
4. Rinse everything that is metal with water, and use Barkeepers Friend on anything that requires more de-rusting.
5. Spray everything down with WD-40.
6. Wet sand all flat metal surfaces to 1200 grit on a flat cast iron surface (I used a spare Unisaw that I have)
7. That as far as i got today. :) Actually as I type this, the #6 is still cooking.


Here are some of the planes before


Then disassembled


Then soaking in the Evapo-Rust


A #6 and a #7 getting ready for a bath


Lever caps and irons after their baths


#7 after its bath and sanding


#3, #4 and #5 1/4 after their baths (but not sanded)


#7 Throat up close

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 05:29 AM

Looks like you made some good progress.

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 05:35 AM

Wow they sure did clean up nice!

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 05:58 AM

Awesome!! I am starting a collection myself and plan on restoring them. Right now I have a 110 block plane, 3, and two 6’s (My dad gave me an old one right after I found a really good deal on eBay). Hopefully one day they look like yours!

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 06:15 PM

I wish I had a couple of old planes to work on, but I just hate to buy used stuff off ebay- Seems like everyone that shops there has some bad experieces. I would love to restore a 605

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#5 posted 04-18-2011 04:56 AM

Chelios—eBay is not bad. The key is to look at the reputation of the seller. Also, if you notice that the seller is not a woodworker (there are lots of sellers who are estate liquidators) be sure to ask lots of questions and to do as much research as possible before you bit. The woodworkers tend to post lots of details in the description of the item. Also, before you bid I would encourage you to reference this site: Patrick's Blood and Gore It has an odd name but is a great reference for Stanly planes.

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#6 posted 04-19-2011 03:47 PM

Very nice. The wood shavings are awaiting;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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