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Hand Plane Quest #1: The Purchase

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Blog entry by VinnieP posted 05-24-2011 07:19 PM 3376 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently I have been keeping an eye out on garage sales and auctions for some hand planes. Before last weekend I only had a newer Stanley block plane. The auction I went to only listed hand planes with no details and no pictures. I was also interested in some old furniture they had so I went any way. I’m glad I did! In a box of miscellaneous items I got 3 planes. One is unmarked and I’m not sure what it is (will post a picture if someone wants to help identify it), a Stanley #40, and a Bailey #5. My winning bid was $50. I’m planning on cleaning them up with Evapo-Rust. The steal on the cutters is almost flawless but the body of the planes has some light rust. I’ve searched the site for tune-up and clean up tips, but if anyone has anything additional to add feel free.

Here are the pictures…

#40

#5

MYSTERY plane

The only marking I could find



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#1 posted 05-24-2011 07:21 PM

Nice scrub! Now for the sharpening!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 05-24-2011 08:44 PM

Looks like you’ve got a Type 13 No. 5C with fine knob and tote, Nice Find! You’ve checked this site for methods, and there are many out there that will get these tools to varying levels of clean. It really boils down to what you want in a user. I’ve had very good results (re: pleasing to me) using WD-40 and a razor blade to carefully clean the sides of planes of serious gunk without removing the patina. And I don’t try to restore; way too radical for a user because I’m wanting to work wood… The soles of either of these planes don’t have to be flat, but do whatever you want there to include lapping (some) on a medium-and-then-fine grit run of sandpaper. Then oil to prevent rust. The scrub is a work horse and shoudl appear rough.

I’d like to see how they look when you’re done doing whatever to them, and yes, post a pic of the ‘mystery plane’ ! Good luck.

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

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#3 posted 05-24-2011 09:17 PM

I agree with Smitty on all accounts. Those corrugateds lap pretty quickly & I’d probably pass it over a lapping stone. I’ve had spurs in the frog castings on occasion, so it’s worth taking a look at. I have to admit that I didn’t have the greatest of successes forming the camber on the #40, although I love that plane and own several. I can’t bring myself to pay for the Tormek cambering jig (which is ridiculously expensive, in my opinion). I’ve been eyeballing it and it’s been hit or miss, to say the least. These planes are going to serve you very well.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 05-24-2011 10:07 PM

Nice find. I enjoy the restore as much as the using after, maybe even a little more. This is certainly the place to find the help if you need it, no matter which path you head down.

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

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#5 posted 05-24-2011 10:29 PM

VinnieP – I’d like to submit the following as exibits A and B on what can be accomplished using a straight razor blade and WD-40. The pair took about three hours total.

Oh, I paid $5.00 for the pair! A Type 11 #5C and a Type 13 #4. [gloat!!!]

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

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#6 posted 05-24-2011 10:37 PM

Congrats, welcome to the hand tool club.

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#7 posted 05-25-2011 03:11 AM

Nice. You more than made your investment back. Lots of info on restoring planes on the site.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 05-25-2011 07:13 PM

I edited the blog to include the mystery plane. Anyone have any ideas? It looks like an 8 and 7 overlapping?

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#9 posted 05-25-2011 07:24 PM

I just found this page... Is my mystery plane a bailey #1?

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#10 posted 05-25-2011 07:37 PM

What are the measurements of the mystery plane? Any photos of it apart? Check the lateral adjuster, anything printed there? Anything on the adjustment knob?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 05-25-2011 07:38 PM

What are the measurements of the mystery plane? Any photos of it apart? Check the lateral adjuster, anything printed there? Anything on the adjustment knob?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 05-26-2011 01:57 AM

I went to take measurements and started looking really close for any more markings, and after I removed some dirt found Hibbard on the top of the plane iron. Mystery solved.

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#13 posted 11-15-2011 11:04 PM

Hey guys just found this post and for me if its going to be a user I like the electrolysis method. It leaves a nice black patina and doesn’t cost much. Plus it will do minimal damage.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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