I went back east to NH for thanksgiving to visit family and friends. While I was staying at my Mom’s I came across a few of my grandfathers old hand planes that I thought were given away after he passed away at a time when I was still in College and not into woodworking. I found an old Stanley #5, a 60 1/2 block plane, a mini plane and a little razor blade plane. All were complete but in need of some serious TLC. My Mom knowing that I would put these to good use gave them to me and they are the only tools that I have that were my Grandfather’s. Their sentimental value to me is priceless. Here are a few pictures of the planes as I found them. Years of sitting idol in a damp garage had produced a fare amount of rust.
Now for the collector’s and purist in the group my goal was to get these back to a useable condition so that I can actually work wood with them not maintain any collectible value. As I mentioned the sentimental value was far more then their market value. Since I wasn’t going to sell these I decided to restore them accordingly.
Spending an entire day I disassembled each and spent much of the time removing the years of rush and stains. The #5 cutter and iron cap were too far gone and I had a new one of each laying around so that was the only pieces that I didn’t salvage. After a lot of elbow grease, sweat and love I have brought each back to life and they are tuned up and ready to Rock N Roll. I dated the #5 online and it is circa 1929-1930. I have no idea about the other 3.
-- Brian, Folsom, CA http://www.brianfullerdesigns.com