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Equipping the Shop #10: I got bit by the handplane bug

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Blog entry by Ocelot posted 08-22-2014 08:07 PM 2236 reads 0 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been reading all you guys extolling the virtues of old Stanley Bailey planes for awhile now.

Hey, I’ve got a 20 inch spiral head planer and a little 6-inch (power) jointer. I thought I didn’t need any of that grampa’s old iron.

But, one day, something snapped.

Two weeks later, here’s where I am. The photos here are straight from ebay. I’ve given them all a basic cleaning since them, but have taken no new photos (no 3 is not here yet). My goal was to get usable tools, not become a collector. All of them have cleaned up nicely and look to be perfectly usable. All have throat adjustment.

Type identifications are my best understanding from reading online version of type study. I may change my guess on some of these after further study.

I’m out $270, including shipping for the entire set, number 3, 4, 5 1/4, 5, 6, 7, plus a couple extra number 5s.
[edit, now $335, since I bought another no 7, sigh]

After a little more cleaning, the next task is sharpening. Maybe eventually, I’ll refinish some of the wood or paint the castings, but not any time soon.

I think I’m about done now. Every time a box appears on the porch, my wife knows I’m going to disappear for awhile to clean up the new toy. She’s great – very tolerant, but 7 months pregnant with twins and kinda wants me to do some other things right now. LOL.

But… I don’t have a 4 1/2 nor a 5 1/2….

So what do you think? How did I do?

-Paul (EvapoRust is my friend)

No 3C, type 18. (Thought it was a type 16, but diagonal knerling on adjuster makes it a type 18)

No 4, type 16.

No 5 1/4, type 16 – hole in heel. Name scribed all over it, but nice after cleanup.

No 5C, type 11 – broken casting, wrong tote, but WORKS GREAT! (Was thrown in free with another plane)

No 5, type 16. Pretty nice. (Thought it was type 18, but straight knerling on the adjuster make it a 16).

No 5, type 12. Lots of pitting on iron and chipbreaker. Horn of rosewood tote broken. Crack in knob. Ignore the other plane in the first photo. It’s a Fulton that came as a two-fer on that deal. I don’t count it.

No 6C, type 15 – very nice rosewood! Best wood of planes that I have recieved. Insignificant chip in the trailing edge of the mouth. Also front edge of frog is chipped.

No 7C, type 18, lousy painted handles but solid. Except for some loss of japaning, plane itself is nearly perfect after derust. (I have sanded the beech wood and stained since arrival).



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ksSlim

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 09:00 PM

Welcome to the restorer’s club.
Be careful, rust hunting can be addictive.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Don W

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#2 posted 08-22-2014 09:09 PM

a nice looking set.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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John Lowell

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#3 posted 08-23-2014 10:44 PM

Sounds like a real project, but the outcome will be nice. cheers!

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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Ocelot

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#4 posted 08-24-2014 04:05 AM

I bought another 7C today (which I didn’t need). Addiction is a bad thing. The wife told me several times to go ahead and buy it, so I did. $74 including shipping.

Also, I sanded the tote and knob on my first 7C.

I’m planning to stain them dark and go from there – shooting for semi-gloss, which I prefer to the factory look.

-Paul

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TheFridge

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#5 posted 08-24-2014 04:13 AM

Hell Paul, if you don’t love your wife I love her for you. My wife hates tools.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Ocelot

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#6 posted 08-24-2014 04:23 AM

Oh, I love her, for sure.

Now about … hmmm. some minutes ago she asked “are you coming to bed soon”, and I replied “yes”.

So, goodnight!

-Paul

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#7 posted 08-24-2014 01:02 PM

great looking collection you’ve got going!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Jake

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#8 posted 08-25-2014 11:37 AM

That’s how it’s done, come and join the dark side!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 08-25-2014 11:49 AM

Good stuff, Paul, congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Ocelot

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#10 posted 08-25-2014 12:51 PM

My “grade B” 12×18x3” granite surface plate has finally been shipped. I got it for $53 with free shipping from Amazon. (They’ve raised the price to $97 since I ordered mine.)

So, sometime this week, I should have a flat surface to sharpen irons on. Oh, I also ordered a honing guide, not the fancy one, just the basic. We’ll see.

I plan to build a simple little bench/stand for the surface plate.

By the way, I notice that a “Grade A” surface plate at that size (12×18x3”) can be had for $95 delivered, so I would not order the “grade b” since it actually costs more now. It astonishes me that something so precisely made (accurate to about 5 100-thousanths of an inch over it’s entire surface) can be had for a 100 bucks. I imagine that 100 years ago, Ty Cobb’s annual salary ($12000) could not have bought such a thing, and today, a guy could buy it with one day’s wages flipping burgers.

-Paul

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 08-25-2014 02:42 PM

I’m a basic honing guide lover, too. Doubt seriously it’ll be replaced with anything fancier, and I’ll only go free-hand on oil stones (used occasionally, they’re in the toolchest for touch-ups).

Granite plate for scary sharp, or ? I use DMTs so the surface doesn’t matter; the plate is permanently flat and as true as I need it to be.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Ocelot

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#12 posted 08-25-2014 03:01 PM

If that was a question…

Yes, The granite surface plate is for scary sharp.

I also plan to build the belt-sander conversion from the HF 4×36 sander – but not yet. I’ll want it to sharpen lathe tools. I figure I can do the initial grinding of plane irons on that also. But that will be months in the future. We’re expecting twins, and I’ve got to get focused on other things.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 08-25-2014 03:08 PM

Belt sander approach is a good one, many do the same that I’ve read. Bandit gets great results, specifically. And congrats on the twins!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Ocelot

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#14 posted 08-28-2014 02:42 AM

Well, I came home today and found a very heavy wooden crate on my porch, opened it up expecting to find my granite surface plate, but instead found Grizzly Model T10050 Right Angle Iron Bender. So, I looked that thing up and found that it’s about $305 delivered. Hmmm. I don’t need it. I want my surface plate. But maybe I can do some kind of deal and come out ahead. I’ll ask Amazon if I can keep it. Tomorrow, I should see our machinist at lunch and ask him if he needs one of those. It can bend a 1/4” thick 4” wide piece of steel to a 90 degree corner.

It’s 97 pounds (45kg), so maybe they won’t want to pay the return shipping.

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Ocelot

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#15 posted 09-02-2014 09:53 PM

Please make me stop! (looking at planes on ebay)

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