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