Ok, picked two of these long planes for a five spot at a local auction
And got them to the Rehab Center when I got home.
First thing was to tear them down to a pile of parts. Screws and bolts were wire brushed on the drill press. Brass was shined up as well. Irons were cleaned up, and sharpened, chipbreakers were cleaned up and tuned to match the irons. Which left the wood bodieds to deal with.
Set each up in the leg vise on the bench. A No.14 Jack plane to not only clean all four sides, but flatten the soles. 99% of the old finish was also gone. Along with a couple dings. Oil finish to restore some colour to the wood, and let it dry.
Decent looking slab of beech. next, some iron works was re-finished, wire brush the dirt and rust off, a spritz of black paint to keep the rust away…
Didn’t take too long to dry. Needed an old school way to re-install the two screws that held the frame in place. I used a 8” brace and a screwdriver bit to remove the screws, might as well put them back in the same way
Now we getting some where
Handles had been given the same oil re-finish as the body. The LONG wood screw for the front knob was installed with the brace and bit, with the slot clocked to match the first two screws. The Brass top of the rear’s bolt is all nicely shined up….needed a shim to re-install the handle, Needed a longer one in the other plane’s handle. Handles are now solid. Cleaned up the frog. Bolt was de-rusted. lateral was cleaned of rust. Wheel was shined up. The two wood screws were cleaned, and the whole mess was installed with a reugalr screwdriver, as I had to set the frog just so. The part of the frog with the lever cap bolt had to match the bed for the iron. Once it was set, i tightened it in place
Then added the iron/chipbreaker unit. The lever cap needed cleaned, the edge down near the mouth needed shined up.
And now there are two new planes in the shop
The No.29 beside it needed a little extra work. The rear handle was FUBAR. Had a spare in the shop, but it had the toe bolt hole. Not a biggie. Frog was missing almost the entire area where the lateral lever USED to be. Hammer to adjust for now. As for the rear handle?
Found a bolt, drilled a small enough hole, and tapped the hole. handle is now quite solid. The sides even look better, too.
Someone had copped off almost 1-1/2” off the front end. Plane should have been 20” long.
Not quite. The No.28 is supposed to be 18” long, and matches that exactly, with it’s logo right on the front end.
Doesn’t take all that long to do one of these planes. Just depends on how badly worn they are.
$5 for these two planes? Might have been a bargain….
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