So, I decided to try to restore this Stanley #6 I picked up at a flee market.
This was in the worst condition of anything I’ve restored yet, but I figured I’d give it a go. It’s my third Stanley #6, but it was the challenge calling my name.
First I tried to remove the broken screw on the front knob. I tried an easy out and wound up with a broken easy out in the riser as well. Plan B, which was now being devised was to grind off the riser, and braze a bolt on in its place. With the help of a good welder, that seemed to be successful. Lucky for me, my daughters other half happens to be a really good welder. He fixed it up nicely.
Since the knob was missing, and i didn’t have any rosewood, I decided to make a new knob on my new lathe and a now tote, both out of wenge. Why wenge, well I happened to have some, I think its cool to say they were made out of “wenge” and they look good.
Next I made the knob. I did’t take pictures of this but followed the same process as my previous knob building blog.
For the next part I made this my first test of evapo-rust. I must say it passed with flying colors. I also tried the new rustoleum hammer paint. I was pretty impressed with that as well, although it didn’t seem a lot different than the Dupli-color Engine Enamel DUPDE1635 Ford Semi Gloss Black I usually use. May recommendation, use the one easiest to find. They both seem to work great.
Next it was the normal, flatten the frog, clean up the iron, sharpen, clean up the cap iron, etc. You will note I need a lever cap. That will be the final step. I don’t have an extra. There are a few on ebay, but they run $7 and up. Add shipping and thats 50% more than I paid for the last 2 #6 planes. I’ll find one at some point, either on a parts plane or by trading for something I already have. Like I said, this is my 3rd #6 (not counting the Millers Falls #18) so I can afford to be patient.
You will also notice the front screw is steel and not brass. Again, it was what I had that fit. This will be a user, so color is not a big issue. Would you have noticed had I not called it out? I doubt I would.
Notice some serious pitting on the blade and cap. Luckily this didn’t extend all the way to the tip, so the sharpened end came out ok. It sharpened without any pitted areas on the cutting end.
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