My first Plane Restore - Wards Master #5

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Blog entry by carguy460 posted 08-15-2012 01:42 PM 7679 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was lucky enough to inherit some of my grandfathers tools recently, and one of the planes I acquired intrigued me. I had never seen a Wards Master plane before, so I thought it was pretty cool to have one. Plus, a plane with a blue frog is just “plane” awesome in my mind.

It was in pretty good shape, just really dirty and kinda rusty. I figured this was a good candidate for my first plane restoration.

The lever cap didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped…it had a few chipped spots, and the chrome didn’t really take a shine like I wanted…maybe I’ll work on that later.

One interesting thing about this plane – it has a blue frog, but a red lever cap logo background. I couldn’t find any examples of this, so I’m assuming that my grandpa replaced the lever cap at some point.

The pics really aren’t that good, sorry…

I’m pretty proud of this plane and how it turned out…no, it’s not a Don quality restore, but it is step 1 for me getting to the Don quality. One issue I had with the plane was quite a bit of paint splatter all over the japanning. I got a little carried away trying to remove it with a scotchbrite pad and ended up dulling the crap out of the japanning. I wanted to strip the japanning and repaint it, but I really don’t have a good way of removing the old stuff right now. So, for now its just going to have to wait!

No shavings yet, I ran out of sandpaper for sharpening the iron, so that will have to come later!

-- Jason K

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#1 posted 08-15-2012 02:51 PM

Not having done a plane restoration myself yet, I’d say it looks like you’ve done a fine job so far.

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Don W

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#2 posted 08-15-2012 03:56 PM

It looks good. Try coating the japnning with shellac. It may remedy that issue. If not, you’re going to strip it anyway.

Wards Masters are a pretty good plane. You’ll enjoy it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 06:11 PM

I haven’t ever heard of a Wards Masters plane before yesterday at an antique shop. It was a no 7 for $20. I wasn’t sure if it was worth it so I passed. Luckily the antique store is just down the road. I may go pick it up. Yours looks awesome, glad you had fun restoring it.

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Don W

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 06:26 PM

A Wards Master #7 is certainly worth $20.

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#5 posted 08-15-2012 08:18 PM

Thanks for the encouraging words. I learned alot during this restoration, including that I can collect 3 planes in the time it takes me to restore 1…

Last night I put my Stanley 5 (Type 16, 17, or 19…not sure which yet) side by side with the Wards Master…they are twins with the exception of the lateral adjusting lever and the blue frog. Someone on this site told me that Stanley made the Wards planes, which I now believe 100%. I’m going to assume that this plane will perform just as well as my Stanley 5…perhaps I’ll report on that more tonight!

-- Jason K

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Don W

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#6 posted 08-15-2012 08:26 PM

they get faster as you go and the ”collecting” gets easier. It kind of sneaks up on you.

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