Plane re-hab, from the mailbox to the wood.

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-05-2013 03:30 AM 2528 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spent some time today, half waiting on the Mail Carrier to drop off a package, the other in re-furbishing the contents. You know it will be ugly, when it comes in the door, double bagged!

Kind of rusty, not too hateful, though…

Ok, first thing ( after burning the bag it came in) was to tear it all down to just a pile of parts. Usually have a small box handy, because all them smaller parts like to take off on me…

I kept going until i had a cleaned of base, and a pile of other parts..

Morelike “To be cleaned”. Take the entire mess down to the basement shop…

Nice, neat shop… Ok the grinder is for irons that are in BAD shape ( this one was fairly good) the sander does a lot of “flat-work” like sole & sides, rusty irons& chip breakers. i also do the sharpening of the irons on it.

Just a $40 sander that i can clamp in a vise. The grinder sits in front, if needed, otherwise,it will sit over on the floor.

Third toy, er tool, is a drill press, just a little Harbour freight one that sits on the bench. I have a small wire cup brush..

Brass wire one, about 1” diameter. I can get into most all of the nooks and crannies with it. For bolts and other small stuff..

Hey, you don’t think I’d wire brush my fingers, did you? Anyway, got all the parts cleaned of rust, handles got a new coat of black ( Stanley painted these wood handles) and the cleaned up base also got some black paint. Brought the rest of the parts upstairs ( paint fumes, yuck) and started to put things back together..

cleaned up bolts, sharpen iron, cleaned chipbreaker. I could even read the stamp on the iron!

Lever cap, with out any rust. The two knobs are depth adjuster wheels. The solid one is the one for this plane, the other is a Handyman wheel. Either will work on this plane. Paint is now dry, time to assemble.

Looking better?

Sole is now flat, too. One more look

and a test drive on some old QSWO..

Why the reference to a Handyman plane?

Because these two seem to be related. Both have the same bases, same frog. irons are the same shape, just a different stamped logo. Handles are a match. lever caps? Well, they did have to at least LOOK different. You know about the adjuster wheels. Both are a #4 size by Stanley. I could, however, close up the mouth opening ( by adjusting the frog)a LOT closer of the Companion plane.

Well, that took about 90 minutes to do. Now what do I do for the rest of the weekend…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 09:40 AM

Amazing! Nice job! Thank you for the good ideas!

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 03:30 PM

Well done Bandit. I love the title of your post because it captures the essence of your content. And of course the liberal use of before/after pictures are always pleasing eye candy for us tool rehab connoisseurs.

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#3 posted 01-05-2013 09:22 PM

A few more looks?

This is looking at the two different wheels a little better. The “solid” one came with the Companion plane, the other is a Handyman model. Either one will fir just fine.

These two are a Handyman #4 and the Companion #4. The main difference here is those wheels. handyman planes USUALLY had a gray paint job on the base. Same with their “Victor” line. This Companion had a black base.

This seems to be the “normal” red frog Stanley put on their “Budget Line” of planes. Also a look at that wheel, again. Trying to be like Millers Falls??? NOT! The lever caps differ in that each has it’s own style of logo cast into in..

Been trying to find out what paint colour was used in the Companion logo to set off the letters. Handyman Red? Craftsman Blue? Or maybe a Black paint?

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#4 posted 01-05-2013 10:12 PM

Would PINK work???

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#5 posted 01-06-2013 06:05 AM

Thinking maybe a nice shiny BLACK paint fill will do…

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 07:09 PM

Very nice.

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