Stanley No. 7 Type 10 Restoration

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Blog entry by MikeUT posted 01-29-2015 03:19 AM 1762 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across this plane around Thanksgiving but because of the rough shape. it has taken me a while to get it in working order because of the broken frog. I found one on Ebay and have been able to finish it up.

Aside from finding the frog, the most time-consuming part of this was restoration was the tote. It had a great grain pattern so I wanted to save it. A previous owner did a terrible job fixing a crack so I repaired a crack in the middle with epoxy and sawdust. I also needed to replace the tail. I had a few small pieces of cocobolo but it wasn’t a good match decided to go out on a limb and try to match the grain pattern instead of the color and I like out it turned out. I used Zebrawood and exaggerated the tail.

A pic of the body and broken frog. I will never understand why so many people decided to paint directly over their planes!

Hack on on the handle with nails


I made the tail of the tote with zebrawood and finished it with Danish Oil and wax.

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#1 posted 01-29-2015 04:10 PM

Nice save.

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#2 posted 01-29-2015 08:02 PM

Nice job. It’s amazing how such a terribly roached old tool can be mad so purty and functional.

-- Ed

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#3 posted 01-29-2015 10:35 PM

Nice job Mike,
Bertrand Taylorsville

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#4 posted 01-31-2015 01:20 AM

Nice job. It amazes me too, how paint splatter ends up on tool…oh well.

-- Lynn Bradford | Indiana | A poor excuse is better than none.

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#5 posted 01-31-2015 01:27 AM

well done

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

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#6 posted 01-31-2015 02:03 AM

It’s beautiful, and even more important, highly useful.

Last year I found a #7 type II at an antique store. It had been neglected, but fortunately highly loved, so my re-furb was not difficult.

A $450 Lie-Nielson couldn’t be any better than this old Stanley.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#7 posted 12-19-2015 02:40 AM

You sure did a great job at saving this poor plane, I did restore a few hand planes in the last tree years and they where worth every minute spent cleaning and correcting, I have a num 3 Stanley Sweetheart era, a num 5 sweetheart era, a num 24 wooden Stanley, a num 4 Woden from my father (a superb little plane), I restored all of them and I just love them, wish I had a num 7 to but I’ll get one soon !

-- Gotta love wood !

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