So, I wanted a #6 but didn’t want to spend much on it. I bid $15 on this Millers Falls on ebay. My thought was to use it until I found a Stanley #6 and resell it, hopefully for a profit from the restore. Well you probably already know I found an even cheaper Stanley #6, but I’ve had this Millers Falls 18 for a while now. I love this plane. The #6 is to new to know how it compares, but this Millers Falls has found a place in my collection. It just seems to hang very nicely.
So for $15 plus another $15 to ship it, here is what I received.
So I went through the routine. I flatten the sole, polished the parts, repainted, sanded, re-shellac’ed, sharpened and here you have it.
To restore the japanning I use Dupli-Color Engine Enamel DUPDE1635 Ford Semi Gloss Black spray paint. I’ve read in several other post that it most closely matches the original finish.
The lever cap was wire brushed and as I typically do, I sanded the rosewood and gave the tote and knob a few coats of shellac.
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