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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 524 days ago 1893 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had three planes, mainly from two rust hunts. A Dunlap, with red handles

That i decided to strip the red off of.

Two others were in need of the “Works” handles stripped, one tote repaired, irons sharpened back up. All manner of rust removed. Ok, “Velcommen to Mein Dungeon”

This little machine does a lot of removal work, weather it is rust on a plane’s side

Rust on an iron

Stripping a finish off a knob

Note that ugly brush laying there? That takes off the finish on the rear handles, aka Totes. Set up the sharping station

I had a second use for the belt sander. I went from this

To a bit cleaner look, like this

This is the base for the Worth #4. I already had sanded the bottom of the Hibbards True Value #3. The sander had another duty to do.

I set the angle for each iron, and sanded away. Remove the sander from the vise, install the first of two oil stones. Flip to use the finer grits and on to the next stone’s two sides. Starting to look better. Made a sanding block to fit in the vise. It was to hold some 1000 grit wet&dry paper. A spritz of 3in1 oil, and do the irons. Time to assemble the three planes.

I know why people hate these pressed steel frogs, er, Toads. The two bolts are a ROYAL PITA to put back in place. lost one bolt into the sawdust on the floor. I had a “spare” though, and the toad was tightened down. Set up a test track

Some nasty looking Oak/Ash. Tried the face side first

Then I tried the edge grain with the Hibbards True Value #3

Note the repaired tote. Wheel to adjust the depth is solid steel, not brass. Handles have one coat of BLO.

This is the Dunlap #3, sans red paint on the handles. Haven’t decided to re-paint them, or just add a coat of BLO?

A Millers Falls #8. With the thick varnish removed from the handles. Almost ready for the BLO on them. The Worth #4 and the Hibbards True Value planes were a “package deal” for $25. The Dunlap#3 was about $8 + tax. The M-F #8 was about $22.00 + S&H. Other than adding a finish to a few handles, I think I am done.

They don’t look too hatefull???

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



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Kreegan

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#1 posted 524 days ago

Those look pretty good, Bandit. Nice work!

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poopiekat

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#2 posted 524 days ago

Great work, bandit! I like the look, the stained iron old locomotive look on a vintage handplane. I prefer to just disassemble the pieces and clean them up a little, removing only the red rust which might stain a raw wood surface. If and when the day comes that I want to prepare some planes to sell, then I will go for that ‘over-restored’ look to bring in maximum dollars. I could never bring myself to use a shiny new restoration. Those would have to go into the ‘trailer queen’ category. A ‘Worth ‘plane is high on my wish list, I don’t own one of those, or an Armstrong, either! Nice work!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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shampeon

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#3 posted 524 days ago

The goncalo on the MF looks so much better without the red varnish, eh? Looking good.

I say BLO the Dunlap knobs and totes.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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DouginVa

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#4 posted 523 days ago

Have you tried electrolysis? While the goop that floats to the top is disgusting I think overall it’s a much more effective process and the end result is better.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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bandit571

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#5 posted 523 days ago

handles now have a coat of that “Smelly Stuff in a Blue Can” (BLO) applied nad cured.

A Dunlap #3. Last seen wearing bright RED painted handles. Now handles have just a coat of oil..

Hibbards True Value #3. I have since traded out the rear handle, for a better looking one. I will keep the old one as a spare. Next

This big and long fellow is a Worth #4. @ 10-1/4” long, it is a biggie, for a #4. Handles have one coat of oil. I also re-finished a Millers Falls #8. The handles had a thick red varnish on them, covering up the Gancolo wood used as handles.

As for chemical stripping/cleanng? I tend to try to do with out any chemicals in the shop. Grand kids like to run around in there. Shocking the parts would be nice, IF one had the “shocker” to begin with. I don’t. Need the $$ for other items…

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

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gawthrrw

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#6 posted 523 days ago

Looks Great! Good job!

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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DIYaholic

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#7 posted 523 days ago

Igor has done a very nice job on them monsters!!!

If you want out of the dungeon, you come play, err work in my shop, I’ll only carge a modest fee….
I have 4 planes that need some TLC!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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poopiekat

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#8 posted 520 days ago

bandit: I’m wondering whether anyone has tried “The Works” bathroom cleaner for removing rust. It was written up in a review here a couple of weeks ago. I can’t find it on the shelves here in Canada… http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3237

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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bandit571

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#9 posted 520 days ago

Seems i need to post a photo of the Hibbards True Value #3 with it’s “Brand spanking new” tote

Shavings in old Oak, no less. Two of the planes, from one store

Got them as a two-fer. Instead of $35 for each, cost went down $10 when sold as a pair. Looks good to me

Keepers???

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

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