tool load ,plane restorations, help needed Updated with more pics

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Blog entry by cdnstudentwoodworker posted 05-19-2014 02:43 AM 1095 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently i picked up three hand planes for 40 bucks at a local swap meet , one being the stanley defiance jack plane i showed earlier , also in the bunch were a stanley 102 and a rapier 400 smooth plane. My Uncle noticed my interest in wood and well… i ended up bringing home one of my grandpas (deceased since 2004) tool boxes full of tools that hadnt been used since they were put down by him. In that crate were a “IDEAL” brand jack plane , a stanley 9 1/2 and a stanley 102. SO six planes to restore in the coming weeks. The box

and now various pictures of my grandfather planes in variable states of disassembly

Problem one, out of sqaure and chipped mouth on the 9 1/2
The side out of square is on the front end of the plane backing the movable throat plate.

and the end in square

also notice the chipped mouth

so what should i do ? leave as is or attempt a fix ? and if i should i woulnt even know what to do…
Update! figured out the problem , someone … unfortunatly my grandpa didnt keep the mouth filed square , its uneven on every plane

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#1 posted 05-19-2014 11:52 AM

Don’t know about the chip, but you should be able to file the mouth back to square. Good haul though!

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#2 posted 05-19-2014 12:24 PM

It could just be a matter of gunk and sawdust jamming up the mouth at a funny angle. Remove the front knob and gently pry out the mouth piece and see whatcha got in there. I also wouldn’t worry too much about that chip either. Good to see that your grampa’s tools ended up in good hands.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Don W

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#3 posted 05-19-2014 12:34 PM

I agree. Make sure the front plate moves freely and if its still out of square gently file or sand it back into square. Don’t take of an more than the have to. The newer models didn’t always close all the way.

Are you sure that’s a smoother. Looks like a jack from the photos.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 05-19-2014 07:46 PM

Indeed it is , the jack shown was my graqndfathers and is yet to be worked on. i already finished the smooth plane and the swap meet jack

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Don W

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#5 posted 05-19-2014 08:07 PM

nice job!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#6 posted 05-19-2014 08:18 PM

I would fix the mouth with a file.

I had to fix a #4 that was chipped in the mouth. Not bad, and less prone to damage now.

I would get all the rust off using electrolysis.. safe and effective for that much iron.
Plenty of info on the web.

-- Jeff NJ

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#7 posted 05-20-2014 12:41 AM

At least on my last couple planes ive used my sandblaster , my dads a mechanic and has a good size industrial one. Any advantage to electrolysis ?

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