Just some planes restored #13: My Stanley #8

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Blog entry by Don W posted 05-28-2011 01:33 AM 3570 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, my sand blaster finally arrived and I managed to find some “shop” time to see how it worked. The plan was to test it out on the Stanley #8 I managed to win off of eBay. I paid about $28 for this, so I am hoping for the best.

I setup a temporary booth for the sandblaster.

And then off to the sandblasting. I used screened play sand. It worked fairly well. I had occasional clogs, but nothing that was too bad. It would be interesting to know if black buety or some other real sandblasting media would work better.
This is the results:

I then hit it with the wire brush to clean the final tough spots.

This resulted in this

So now on to painting. Again I use Dupli-color Engine Enamel DUPDE1635 Ford Semi Gloss Black. I usually re coat with Gloss about three or four times waiting about 20-25mins between each coat.
Note: when paint dry’s it shrinks some so what you see is not what you get. Make sure your painting on a near level surface as paint will run and sag as it’s so thick.
You should also note you cannot re coat if you wait longer than about 1 hour. If it starts to set up the fresh paint will cause the semi dry paint to peel and curl up. If you need to repaint the can says wait 7 days.
I flatten the sole using my typical method of setting sandpaper on the table saw top.
I flatten the frog to make sure it has good contact with the iron.
I had already sharpened it.
I sanded and polished the sides.

This is the final results:

Hope it helps

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 05-28-2011 02:07 AM

very nice work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 05-28-2011 04:01 AM

Now it’s ready to be mailed to me :)

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#3 posted 05-28-2011 04:20 AM

Nice work. How did you fix the handle?

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#4 posted 05-28-2011 01:58 PM

ohh hell ya that came out good … do #8’s typically have a corrugated sole?

-- "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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#5 posted 05-28-2011 02:46 PM

@ kenn – checks in the mail :-)
@chrisstef. Probably should have said #8c huh. There a quite a few 8c’s around.
@dbol – I planned to have a secon 8c blog on how I fixed the handle. As son as time permits :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#6 posted 05-28-2011 04:04 PM

Nice restoration. Keep up the work.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 05-29-2011 01:34 PM

I always wondered whether sandblasting would be an acceptable method of cleaning up an old plane.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 05-30-2011 08:31 AM

It always makes me happy to see a old beautiful handplane get back to life.
Nice job.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 06-02-2011 11:36 PM

Sweet restore !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#10 posted 06-02-2011 11:48 PM

Top job Don.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#11 posted 06-03-2011 03:33 AM

Excellent job!! I’m curious as to why you sandblasted it as opposed to using something like Stripeze?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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Don W

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#12 posted 06-03-2011 01:00 PM

I just wanted to try the sandblaster. Sometime the stripeze takes longer on the really tough jappaning.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#13 posted 08-20-2011 05:18 AM

wow, I am very, very impressed at how this looks. As someone just starting into addictive plane restoration I am still struggling to get the beautiful results that I see in your restored planes, and some of the others here on LJ’s. Thanks for sharing the process.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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