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Plane Restoration #2: Bedrock 603 - Halfway there

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Blog entry by depictureboy posted 1943 days ago 1048 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Bedrock 603 - Before Part 2 of Plane Restoration series Part 3: Bedrock 603 - Bringing it back together »

Well I am about halfway there that I can tell. I am restoring this to be a user, but I am not sure really how far I need to go. I soaked it for 2 days in a molasses water mixture after finding that molasses is a chelation agent like most of the other rustoff products…

As you can see, I dont have it “shined up”. But in think what you are seeing is what I keep seeing referred to as patina..but I really dont know.

Here you can see the patent numbers, but also you can see that a good bit of the japanning is still intact. I currently have it coated in WD40 so that it wont rerust on me until I can figure out what I need to cover it with.



Comparison from before.

I dont think the blade is original. It has no stanley markings, and it feels pretty cheap. So Ill probably take it out and replace it with a hock blade and chip breaker…

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1943 days ago

Good idea on replacing the iron and chip breaker with ones from Hock. They are not cheap but, as I have said many times, with tools you get what you pay for. The Hock iron will improve the performance of this plane.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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jcame

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#2 posted 1943 days ago

I have been wanting one of these as i have begun using handtools alot more. I can’t decide on buying a bunch of these Bedrocks on e-bay or buying SLOWLY from Lie-Nielsen. When I first saw this plane I did not think you would get it looking that good. WELL DONE!! I am now jealous.

-- Jed,Ala,jmwoodworks057.com

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stanley2

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#3 posted 1942 days ago

You’re doing a nice job on the refurbishing and I’ve learned something new about molasses. How much elbow grease did you have to use? A 603 for $2.50 – I want to go shopping with you.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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depictureboy

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#4 posted 1942 days ago

not a whole lot….make sure you heat either the water or the molasses so that they mix well. Otherwise its pretty sloppy and the molasses sits on the bottom. I let it soak for 2 days, then used my dremel with a wire brush attachment and just genly scrubbed at the parts. I also used a brass brush for the harder parts. I did take it out after the first 24 hours and scrubbed with the brass brush.

I used 12 oz of molasses to 1 gallon of water. There is supposed to be another kind of molasses that is really good for this called black line or black stripe or something like that.

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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WayneC

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#5 posted 1940 days ago

Looks like it is coming along great. You can use clear schellac to protect the body of the plane. On an old bedrock I would not change the original finish to preserve it’s future value.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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depictureboy

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#6 posted 1940 days ago

Yep, thats why I was hesitant about using the commercial de rusters, they seem to remove a lot of what the collectors are looking for….I was surprised after I got it all cleaned up just how much of the original black finish was still in tact….

Wayne do you think spray shellac or clear krylon would be ok?

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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John Stegall

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#7 posted 1940 days ago

Blackstrap molasses is used as a supplement to cattle feed (or it used to be when I was young). It is also very black and supposedly not as sweet. Amazon sells one they call unsulfured. I am glad to hear that it has a use in removing a little rust. I have a Stanley no. 7 that I need to clean up a bit and a neighbor gave me a bottle of blackstap that is outdated by about 5 years so I now know what to do with it instead of tossing it.
Thanks for the post.

-- jstegall

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WayneC

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#8 posted 1937 days ago

I was applied some shellac with a brush. The idea is that it can be easily removed. I am not sure about the spray version. I would stay away from Krylon.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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