Just some planes restored #16: An unexpected Stanley #4 type 11

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Blog entry by Don W posted 09-09-2012 04:55 PM 2707 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So my wife says to me this sunday morning, “I’ve got some cleaning to do” which is my queue to get lost. Thinking its a nice sunday afternoon coming and we might want to take a motorcycle ride, I wasn’t looking to start any large projects.

In the pile of rust ridden planes looking to be restored was type 11 #4. Now I’ve got a nice type 11 #4C in my collection of type 11s, so the #4 would fit nicely. The tote was broke in half and the bottom half was totally missing. As I inspected it, it seemed the japanning was intact and other than the tote, it was really in decent shape, so I did a quick cleanup to do a further inspection.

Much to my dismay there was a crack in the mouth behind the blade, or so I thought. I stood pondering my bad miss fortune. Not that was was to worried from a financial stand point, after all the plane was a $5 flea market find, but I was excited to add one more plane to my type 11 group. I almost just put it back together and set it off as a parts plane.

But would that little crack really matter? I don’t like re-selling planes with obvious defects, even if i pointed them out, but if it doesn’t hurt performance, would it matter, and after all, this was going in my collection.

So as a last minute impulse, I decided to carry on with the restore.

I found a tote with a repair. It looked good and it matched the knob, so it became the chosen one. Some wire brushing, penetrating oil and cleaning and it began to come together.

My favorite iron, the V logo. It was another reason I decided to proceed, and I’m glad I did.

But then, after it all back together and I’m flattening the sole, I notice the crack starting to disappear. It turned out to be a gouge, not a crack.


And the money shots


My Sunday was whole again. No cracks, just a nice Type 11 Stanley #4 Smoother.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 05:01 PM

Gotta love that Don. Type 11s are my favourites.

-- 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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#2 posted 09-09-2012 05:07 PM

Heh, Heh, heh, Andy, you spell favorites funny : ) (Or probably you spell it correctly and we spell it funny.)

Looks good Don. I also really like the type 11s. Again a job well done!

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 05:13 PM

It was fixed because you gave it Love. LoL

Nice save

However the last shot says it all :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 05:32 PM

Lukie – Yeah you guys are always dropping the ‘u’ out of words like favourite, savour, parlour etc. and replacing the ’s’ with ‘z’ in words like organisation. You miss the ‘i’ out of words like aluminium, yet you leave it in words like condominium. The strange thing is, even though Americans misspell so many English words, the way you spell them makes a lot more sense than the way we spell them. LOL.

-- 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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#5 posted 09-09-2012 05:56 PM

Brit, we even leave whole syllables out of words like al-u-minium :)

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#6 posted 09-09-2012 09:08 PM

Nice looking plane. I just finished refurbishing a Stanley Number 5 (made in USA), 4 (made in Canada) and 3 (made in Canada) and a Record (made in England) number five. Once restored and tuned they really are a joy to use.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 09-09-2012 09:51 PM

The little badinage between y’all about the spelling and pronunciation of words in “English” and “American” reminds me of the time a guy from Trinidad jumped on me about our money and our spelling. He was speaking the “veddy propah English” to me, a southern redneck, and he just kept on and on, not letting it go, so finally my plate got full and I asked him if he was from Trinidad, why was he so uptight about it. He said that once, Trinidad and Tobago were English colonies and, even after they had won (or had been given) their independence, in his heart he was still “British”. That was my cue and I said, “Well, we kicked ya’ll’s asses over two hundred years ago for the right to talk anyway we choose. I have never claimed to speak “English”. I speak ”’Mericun”.
Veddy good show on the restore, Don. I love the way it looks and works.
Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#8 posted 09-10-2012 12:55 AM

Very nice Don. Glad to see the crack be just a gouge… I still have to give the treatment to my T11 #4…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#9 posted 09-10-2012 01:14 AM

Looks great Don. You pretty much have this down to a science.

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#10 posted 09-10-2012 08:09 PM

Sweet Don! Congrats on that, what a nice surprise about the crack.

Yeah Andy but when you guys pronounce certain words you drop letters. For example “cancer” is pronounced as if it was spelled “canca’” ending in an “a”. Bostonians do that to though, they drop their R’s.

Someone named Mark is called Maak. Lol. In Boston any way.

Rejo, lol.

Isn’t it nice having our British friends around educating us on these little differences.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 09-10-2012 08:40 PM

Very Nice, Another great hit !!!

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

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