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.
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