Just some planes restored #3: A Scrub and Jack back to service

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Blog entry by Don W posted 11-19-2011 08:08 PM 7378 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been looking at the #40 Stanley for a while. When I saw a couple of planes on Ebay that needed some TLC and seemed to be a reasonable price, I pulled the trigger. They came as a lot, along with a very nice 220 block.

I haven’t repainted the Stanley #40 yet. I’m not sure if I will or not. What you see in the picture that looks like rust is just the fluid film. I’m not sure why the picture make it a “rusty” color.

Here are the before pictures.

After getting the plane I just gave it a quick cleanup and sharpening to give it a test run. I’ve never used a scrub before. I was pretty impressed with its ability to remove wood quickly.

Basically all I did was refinish the wood as I normally do, using BLO as a finish, give the rest a good wire brushing and put it back together all cleaned and oiled. Unlike a bench plane, the #40 typically has painted sides. This didn’t have much left, but for now I am not repainting.

The #S5 was an added bonus for me. Not that I needed another #5, but I don’t have an S#. Stanley made an S4 and an S5. If you haven’t seen the S5, here is what Patrick Gore has to say about them:

“Offered as indestructable planes, Stanley made these planes for heavy duty abuse. They advertised them as being useful for shops that had concrete floors. If I were in Stanley’s marketing department, back when the planes were offered, I would have added that the planes were also designed for those workdudes prone to losing their temper, where the planes can withstand their being slammed to the ground during a fit of rage, like after you smash your thumb with a hammer or something like that.

These planes beg abuse, and have a pressed or forged steel bottom. The steel is bent to form a U-shape. A piece forward of the mouth and rear of the mouth are riveted to the steel bottom. The lever cap and frog are made of malleable iron (the normal bench planes have their bottom casting made of gray iron), with the frog’s casting having a noticeably coarser texture than those provided on the Bailey line.”

Here are the before pictures:

I pretty much did a normal restore here is my normal restore blog but here are the highlights for the S5.

The japanning was so far gone i just soaked it in Evapo-rust overnight, then added a little paint remover. There wasn’t much to remove, so it didn’t take a lot of effort. Finished the clean up and painted it several coats of the engine enamel. Knob and tote got the same treatment as above.

The original cap had the background on the logo painted red, so I redid that, sharpened it, and put it back together.

Its got a few pitted spots on the side walls, but all-in-all it came out pretty reasonable. Its found a spot in my cabinet (which is already running out of room).

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found some interesting tidbits to make it worth your time.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 08:16 PM

As usual Don, great job. I am not familiar with the S planes, but it looks cool. Amazing transformation. I would like to hear more about the repaint of Stanley logo process. Well done.

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Don W

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 09:20 PM

Shane, to repaint the logo I just mask off the outside, spray it and let it dry. Then take a sanding block with 220 grit paper and sand over the letters, you can hit it with 500 grit after as well if you wish. I did on this plane. I have also scraped the letters as well. Either way works, but you wind up sanding usually after scraping, so its just one less step (although a bit longer). Use a hard block and be careful not to use a lot of pressure so you only hit the higher letters and not anything low.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 09:22 PM

Thanks Don, that is how I was thinking it was done. I have a few I would lke to do that to.

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#4 posted 11-19-2011 10:07 PM

Don, you are a restoration wizard!! Harry Potter has got nothing on you. Do you use a wand or are you good enough to just wing it? lol

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#5 posted 11-19-2011 11:58 PM

Great Job!

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#6 posted 11-20-2011 01:20 AM

Amazing restoration Don. I’m really impressed. I never would have thought that S5 would come up like that. Well done sir.

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

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#7 posted 11-20-2011 02:46 AM

Great work !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 11-21-2011 05:13 PM

I think the #40 is fine like it is… However if you do decide to go back and repaint I would only paint the inside. I cant imagine repainting the whole body. I just don’t think a fresh paint job over the whole body would do it any justice.

The S5 looks really nice.. I wish I would have bid another dollar!

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#9 posted 11-21-2011 06:39 PM

Just to be fair Dan, it would have taken $2 more, and I’m glad you didn’t :-)

The paint on the outside is gone. There were only a few specks here and there so I wire brushed them off. I’m just afraid of rust because its bare metal. For now, I’m leaving it. If it becomes a maintenance issue, I’ll probably paint it to look original.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#10 posted 11-21-2011 11:12 PM

You have done a great work on these planes especially the big boy is a amazing transformation.
Now they will get life again so I have a big smile here since that always makes me happy to see.
Best thoughts,

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

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