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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-06-2013 12:35 AM 1681 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Actually found a few items

Actually got some change back from the twenty dollar bill I gave them, a whopping fifty cents back. Didn’t have enough to buy a second plane that was sitting there, but I think that big guy might just work out.

saw set was a bit older, but so are most of my handsaws. Block plane base is a Stanley #18 1/4, but the cap iron is even close to it.

Now, about that big plane. Says right on the front end that it is a Stanley No. 31. 24” long. Tote was missing some wood, dark stain up front. Dirty and just a hair rusty. We can fix that.

Got the iron works all free of rust, got the black paint restored, brass parts shined up. Got to checking the iron itself..

A cambered iron isn’t that big a deal on these planes, but this camber was “sideways”. Ground a new edge, making it square across, polished the back as well

Figured I could then take a test drive with the iron…. hmm digging into the board on the left side? Lateral lever all the way over to the side, didn’t help. Something is wrong here. Got to looking at the bottom of the plane. Right side was worn down a ways, but not the left side. Squared that up, and tried to get rid of some of the bad area on the toe

That wasn’t just from wear and tear, looked like it had gotten wet. Checked over the mouth opening as well..

Seems it was a might off as well. saw to get the opening squared to the sides

then clamp in upright to pare the bed to match

With that done, a test drive on some edge grain pine

Like the new tote? Had a spare sitting around, so I sanded the top down to clear the plane’s lateral lever, redrilled the top hole to accept to Stanley brass nut. Front knob is a stand in, while I repaired the original knob. Everything looking and working good, applied a coat of BLO to the woodwork, and set aside to dry.

Looks a little better now, don’t it?

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

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 12:43 AM

Nice work! And thanks for the blog. Any idea how old it might be?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 12:49 AM

Near as I can tell…about 1892 or so….

Has patent dates all over it, one on the lateral lever, two on the adjuster wheel, even one on the chip breaker from DEC 24 1867. No eagle on the front end though…

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

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 12:56 AM

You have transitioned that transitional from a loser to a user! Great job!!!

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

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 12:24 PM

Nice find,
It’s interesting how the big shots on the Plane websites poo poo the transitionals, calling them firewood but if you keep track of pricing on E bay, they are going up in value.

Last night, there was a no. 35 with the original box that went for 1800.00. It was mint of course and, when do you ever find them with a box?

I like the last picture of your shop all trashed from working on a project. makes me feel at home.

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