After a long week at work, I decided it was time to start the process of restoring my bench planes. I have been collecting them for a while with the intent of getting a good set of operational hand planes. I am hoping I will get a good set of usable planes at a reasonable cost.
Currently, I have the following size planes set aside for restoration: #3, #4, #4 1/2, #605, #5 1/2, #6, #7 and #8. All of these are Stanley except for the #8 which is a Sargent VBM 428. The #4 1/2 and the #605 (bedrock) are in good working order. I have gotten Hock blades for these planes (4 1/2 and 605) and plan to save the original blades.
I also was successful this evening on ebay and purchased a Record T5 handplane. This is a plane that was used to teach woodworking in the UK. It has larger sides than a normal #5 and the sides are square for shooting. I will post some photos of it when it arrives. I am also actively looking for 5 1/4, 10, 10 1/4, and 10 1/2 planes.
I plan to take photos documenting the process I follow for each plane. As a starting point, I am following the general instructions provided Reclaiming Flea-Market Planes by Ernie Conover. I also have a number of videos and other informations sources relative to sharpening and using planes. I will compile these and post these as well.
I’ve also noted that Matt has a series of Podcasts on hand planes running. I’m a little behind and will have to get caught up.
Also if you would like information on Stanley planes. I recommend The Superior Works: Patrick’s Blood and Gore as the best reference for Stanley hand planes on the internet.
Time to close for tonight.
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