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Restoring a few handplanes - a family heirloom

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Blog entry by bfd posted 1951 days ago 1162 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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



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Woodhacker

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#1 posted 1951 days ago

Brian, it looks like you’ve got them cleaned up really well. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to have some of my grandfather’s shop tools. I’m sure you’ll cherish them.

-- Martin, Kansas

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woodspyder

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#2 posted 1951 days ago

Brian
Great job on the rebuild.
I understand what you mean about the sentimental value aspect, I inherited some of my grandfathers woodworking tools too. I plan on rebuilding them some day soon.

-- Measure three times, cut twice.

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 1950 days ago

I think you did an exemplary job especially on the 60 1/2. I use my Grandfather’s Low Knob/no ring No.5 nearly every shop visit. Somewhere (perhaps at your elbow as you use these fine tools) your Grandfather is smiling.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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dsb1829

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#4 posted 1950 days ago

Nice cleanup and a great story to boot. It is funny how these tools can be lost for a generation or two. Then, as if it runs in our blood, a new generation picks the tools up again. I am with you on use vs. collection. I don’t have time, money, or space to be a collector. Using these old tools is where the joy comes.

My heirloom was a no6 that belonged to my great grandfather. I would love to know the history of it beyond him as the plane itself dates to about 1890. He was likely the 2nd or third owner. I am contemplating having our names etched onto the tool so that those after us will know who used it.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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Quixote

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#5 posted 1950 days ago

There’s just something about wrapping your hand around the same handle your grandfather used.

It’s like reaching across time and shaking hands, or sharing a simple smile.

Q

-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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blackcherry

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#6 posted 1950 days ago

Woodworking runs in the family, nice work in cleaning these beauty back to life, gramps would be proud…thanks for sharing…Blkcherry

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Dorje

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#7 posted 1949 days ago

Nice work on these -

Have fun using this set that has a lot of value to you…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Napaman

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#8 posted 1949 days ago

these are TRULY incredible…your grandfather would be really proud…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Keith Cruickshank

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#9 posted 1948 days ago

Good on you. Another classic Stanley saved! Beautiful job!

-- Keith Cruickshank, www.woodtreks.com - on-demand woodworking videos

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Blake

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#10 posted 1945 days ago

Nice job. These will always be in the family as an heirloom.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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naomi weiss

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#11 posted 1656 days ago

WOW—they’re like new! Well done!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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