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Handplane Restoration #23: Stanley Bedrock 603 Type 6

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 10-11-2007 02:32 AM 13103 reads 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I really like the Stanley Bedrock style planes and on a whim bid on and won this plane last week. I will be replacing my current #3 with this plane in my bench plane set. If you have followed the blog, I set a goal of putting together a full set of Stanley bench planes. The set is now pretty much complete with a little tuning planned. For example, I would like to replace my Sargent #8 with a Stanley 8C or perhaps a Bedrock 608 and have been slowly looking for one. Also, I still need to restore the #5 1/2, 6, 7, and 8 to complete the set. Need to get it done so that I can move on to completing and blogging some projects.

Here is a before photo of the plane. It was missing it’s front knob.

Stanley Bedrock 603 Before

The first thing I did was go to Bob Kaune’s Stanley Bedrock Type study page to determine the plane’s type and age. According to this page, this is a Type 6 Bedrock plane and based on blade was manufactured between 1914 and 1918.

When you buy a Bedrock for use, I recommed you get a type 5 or later. The one of the key benefits of a Bedrock plane is the ability to adjust the frog with the blade locked into place. This is a very nice feature and was introduced in 1911. The type study page has a good diagram that shows the design of the frog.

Another identifying feature of a type 5 or later plane is the flat sides. As a side note, this design is the foundation for the Lie-Nielson bench planes. All of their bench planes (except the #1) are modeled after the Stanley Bedrock line.

I have been buying any of the planes that I come across that are in 1910 to 1930 or so manufacture date if they are inexpensive and have usable parts. I evaluate the overall condition remembering that blades, knobs, frogs, etc. can cost a bit if you need to buy one. This approach paid off for me as I had a couple of knobs that are approprate for this plane. Also, I purchased a Hock Blade and chip breaker for the plane. I will set the original blade and chip breaker aside and return it to the plane if I decide to sell it in the future

Parts to be added

The next step is to dissassemble the plane and evauate any problems. As you can see there is some light rust in the bed of the plane. Also the rear handle has been broken and repaired. I will leave it as is.

Lever Cap, Blade and Chip Breaker off

Note the pins that are used instead of screws.

Note the Pins

With the frog out you can see the design of the frog mounting point and where the screws are located that are used to lock the frog in place and adjust the frog.

With the Frog out.  Note the different screw positions.

Here it is completely dissassembled. There is some light rust on the body of the plane. Other parts are in good condition. I checked the bottom with a steel rule and it appears to be flat. Given the collector’s value of the plane and overall condition, I am not going to lap the sole or clean the patina off of the metal. I am going to clean the rust from the body and apply some clear shellac to the japanned parts of the plane.

Fully dissassembled

Applying the shellac

Applying the Shellac

Next step is to put everything together. I’m using a little 3-in-1 oil on all of the screws. Then I adjusted the mouth and set the blade. A few quick passes to verify the plane is operational.

Back together

Side View

Another side view

Sole

And here it is in it’s rightful place along with the other smoothing planes in the set

Smoothing planes (right to left #1, #2, #3, #4 and #4 1/2)

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



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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 10-11-2007 02:47 AM

Wayne,
It looks pretty good. Great photos.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 10-11-2007 02:59 AM

Wayne -

What a wonderful plane to rehab. Great photos. I am looking forward to the next part of the blog. I see a nice new Hock iron & chip breaker ready to go! BTW nice set of cabinet screwdrivers!

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 10-11-2007 03:40 AM

Thanks Tom and David. I finished the post.

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

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#4 posted 10-11-2007 04:36 AM

You have more patience than I do, Wayne! Great job and another in a great series to read and learn from.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 10-11-2007 04:39 AM

That is a great looking set of planes. Wasn’t that fun? it really doesn’t take all that long to get a plane working like it’s supposed to. Someone in another post mentioned that you need a surface plate to lap soles but a piece of plate glass and sand paper work just fine. I’m not throwing out my planer or jointer but it sure feels good to use a sharp plane. I need to trade up to Bedrocks. There’s that slippery slope again. By the way, I’ve been getting shellac in spray cans at Woodcraft. It’s cheaper than at Home Depot. It sure is handy for little stuff. It and good ol’ Rattelaquer.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 10-11-2007 04:51 AM

It is a lot of fun. I need to get the others done and move on. I also need to design and build a tool cabinet.

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

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#7 posted 10-11-2007 04:51 AM

My,my what a lovely find and addition to a lovely stable.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#8 posted 10-11-2007 04:54 AM

Wayne -

Great ending and a wonderful set of planes!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 10-11-2007 05:07 AM

Thanks Bob, David and Mot. Getting closer to being done.

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

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#10 posted 10-11-2007 01:43 PM

Wayne..wow way to bring back something alot of people would think was junk. Looks like you have an extensive collection of older planes. It looks brand new. Hand planes are a mystery to me…I am a power tool guy!

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#11 posted 10-11-2007 02:16 PM

Another nice find! At this rate you will have to build yourself another workshop – just house all the hand tools you are aquiring (envy).

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#12 posted 10-11-2007 02:42 PM

Wayne
Another cracking tool – Well done!
Phil

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#13 posted 10-11-2007 10:13 PM

Great job Wayne. A nice restoration.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#14 posted 10-12-2007 12:11 AM

Thanks guys.

Tony, I would love to have a dedicated workshop.

Brad, even a power tool guy needs a couple of planes…

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

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#15 posted 10-12-2007 07:56 AM

Nice work Wayne – what are the the other planes you still need to restore? (and house)

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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