Hand Planes #3: No.7 rehab

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Blog entry by dsb1829 posted 08-30-2008 05:21 PM 1861 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got my No.7 in the mail on Thursday. They have been getting a bit higher in price on e-bay as of late. At least the nicer ones are going more than I care to spend and the rust seized ones are creeping up to about $30-45 at auction close. So I decided exactly what I wanted, a Stanley No.7 in user condition with a corrugated sole. I watched auctions for about a month got outbid on a couple, but stuck within my price limits on each so I don’t feel bad about being outbid. Finally one popped up that I was sure wouldn’t get too much attention:

A bunch of paint overspray, very minimal rust showing, handles looked decent, but the blade looked short. I had hopes that the paint overspray may have actually protected the plane as well as deterred other bidders. I ended up right on both instances.

The plane arrived in good shape. I put it on my cast iron saw top and got no rocking. I then removed the handles and sanded them down with 180g. After a couple coats of polyurethane they are looking good. I still need to buff them out but I will let them dry a few more days.

I treated the body and the irons/cap to a scotchbrite and wd-40 bathing. The scotchbrite is a bit too abrasive on the japanning, so I will likely skip it there next time. I found that my dremmel tool with a soft wire wheel worked great to remove the paint overspray and not damage the epoxy much.

The end result of about 2 hours of restoration and tuning…

One shot of the growing family.
Roll call:
Stanley Bailey no.7, n0.5
Stanley others: no.78, 60-1/2, no.29 transitional
Groz: no.4 smoother, LA block
Woodies: unknown manufacturer

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#1 posted 08-30-2008 06:27 PM


To truly see what you can get out of this puppy you need to “joint” the sole. This added attention will payoff big time. And doing it to a corrugated sole is a cinch. I use an offcut that I picked up from a glazier. It’s a piece of float glass that’s 5/16” thick and measures 11×36. I lay down two strips of self adhesive wet/dry [Klingspor] in four different grits [two on each face] starting w/240 and ending with 600. I can take off .0001” shavings all day. Also, if you work it hard, you might want to think about changing the blade/chipbreaker set. I use a Hock iron and a Clifton Stay-Set chipbreaker. Schweeet!

If you need any more particulars, just ask.


P.S. If you joint the sole, remember to keep the blade in it but retracted. In other words, the plane must be in tension as it would be in use.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#2 posted 08-30-2008 07:04 PM

Thanks for the comments. Normally I would flatten the sole and have done so to all my other planes. I just wanted to get a feel for how this one would do in factory condition. It will take shavings down to about .003 on HM. For a jointer I didn’t think that finer work would be necessary. My no.4 and no.5 both can take thinner cuts and smooth after the jointer. I may invest the time down the line, but for now I will test drive it as is.

I will invest in a Hock blade and breaker. This iron has seen about it’s fill. It only has about 1/2” left to the slot, so either this plane has seen some use or someone was a bit happy with the grinder during sharpening sessions. End result is that it will need a new iron. The chip breaker has also seen some use and quite a bit of hammer time. I don’t know why it would have been hammered on, but it is a bit beat up. Whenever I get the $70 in hand I will promptly pass it on to Hartville or Craftsman Studio for the Hock replacements.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#3 posted 08-30-2008 07:09 PM

wow…i am really glad i checked this entry…because i was worried YOU were on your 7th re-hab…and like you said they are getting more expensive each time…

beautiful job on the re-hab—-and may your health continue…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 08-30-2008 07:16 PM

Nice job on the restoration. You got me to thinking when you mentioned buying these planes from online auctions. My wife got into antiquing a few years ago. (Thank God she doesn’t buy much) I’ve noticed that in several antique shops we’ve been in and in flea markets you can find all kinds of planes for $15 to $25. I’m not a plane guy but that may be a new source for someone who’s into these things. I’ve looked at a bunch of these and most seem to be just in need of some TLC.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#6 posted 08-30-2008 07:40 PM

Hah, funny stuff Napaman. Nope, my only affliction is to that marvelous malted adult beverage. I think one actually snuck on camera. Oops.

Darell, one issue with antique dealers is that they mix the valuable and run of the mill together. Now, you could end up with a sweetheart of a plane for a song but you can also end up paying $25 for a plane that is really worthless. My woodie and transitional planes are a great example of this in action. I got both of them for $10. At an antique store they would likely have been priced around $20ea. I think it is great to find these where you can. If you happen to already be into antiques or if you are regularly dragged into places by the spouse then I recommend keeping an eye out. Personally I don’t spend the time searching, so I pay a bit more on ebay and take my chances. I have had very good luck so far.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#7 posted 08-30-2008 10:29 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#8 posted 08-31-2008 12:21 AM

That’s one fine plane. I love my #7.

When will you have enough? ;)

-- Scott - Chico California

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#9 posted 09-01-2008 02:34 AM

Chico, there is no such thing as enough. Just ask my missus. HA!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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