So this is Post #6 in this series, but it’s about the #7…
Still confused… oh boy. I guess I could rearrange the posts on this series to match up with the plane numbers, but that means that I’d have to post 110 posts in this series if I ever want to mention the Stanley 110 plane… maybe I’ll just keep it simple and as is :)
This post is about the #7 hand plane (Stanley #7) which is a jointer plane. it is the longest of the more popular hand plane (aside for the #8 which is heavier and seems less popular because of it’s added weight) and is used to joint edges flat and perpendicular to faces of boards, and to plane boards and panels flat.
The longer bed of the jointer plane gives it a better reference when planing boards so that it isn’t affected by bumps and valleys as much as the smaller planes that sort of ride up and down on those high/low spots and by not being as sensitive to those it remains flat and takes off the high spots more evenly resulting in a flat surface over all.
They say Luck comes to those who wait… and I’ve waited for a while now for a jointer plane while using a smaller #6 hand plane which worked OK for me, albeit with less of a bed length to register flatness against, but I finally found the affordable Stanley #7 jointer plane for me and snagged it for $15 off of eBay.
I must say it arrived packed a little too well (if only we had these problems more often):
inside, was our subject of interest:
It was filthy, the back handle is broken like 90% of these hand planes, and the metal is somewhat rusty – not too bad. the pictures on eBay were pretty horrible, but I could make 2 things – broken wooden handle that is fixable, and metal did not have any signs of pitting/welding/breakage – a perfect candidate for restoration. it was dirty, and the bidding was low, and I assume because of he poor picture quality the auction did not get much attention – to my delight. someone did outbid my $10 initial offer, but nobody wanted to pay more than $15 for this – which was very good for me.
So, how do you grow a handplane? you plant it in a planter of course. add some warm water with electricity conducting solution, add some 12v power, and wait patiently:
While the plane body was bathing in electrolysis I soaked the smaller parts in evapo-rust over night and the result was quite pleasing:
There were still a few rust spots that I scraped off, and there are still a few that I might give it a 2nd treatment, but for now, it is good – next I’ll sharpen the blade, and give it the normal tune up. but I’m pleased with the find.
For a while there I was using a #6 for jointing as it was my largest, and always wondered how much bigger the #7 is. When I first received it, it didn’t seem that much bigger, but putting them cheek to cheek there is some noticeable difference:
While at it, we took a family photo (block,4,5,6,7):
I was concerned that a #7 won’t fit in my tool cabinet for length reasons, but as it is, it just barely fits in with 1/2” to space – PERFECT. I will have to reorganize the planes storage area (about time) to make room for all of them properly. but for now I think I’m done looking at handplanes, have all those I ‘need’.
Thanks for reading,
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