First hand plane restoration

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Blog entry by Bryson posted 01-14-2014 02:07 PM 1452 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I have been browsing the LJ site for quite some time now and decided to blog about my recent dive into a hand plane restoration. I will forewarn everybody that I am just starting out in woodworking so correct me where I err and tips/comments are welcomed. Also this is a long blog post with lots of pictures.

While out wasting some time at a few antique stores with my wife, I came across this beauty of a hand plane.

I just knew I had to have it! I had been telling my wife that I wanted, no I needed a #7 for the past few weeks, so I was shocked and happy to see a Bedrock 607 with a price tag shy of $25. Even in the shape it was in, I didn’t hesitate to buy it.

First step, getting everything apart and seeing if its all there. It must have been a while since this plane was last used as it took a fair amount of WD-40 Rust Release Penetrant spray to get it apart. This was my first time breaking a plane down to pieces and I enjoyed the experience. It allowed me to get a better feel for how the parts of the plane work and also helped me determine the type of this plane. I’m thinking it’s a Type 3.

Wohoo!...It’s all there and all seems original (as far as I can tell). The first problem that sticks out though is the broken tote. However, the person who used this plane drilled holes into each half and stuck a metal rod to help mend them together. This actually works quite well when its attached to the plane as there is no movement of the top piece.

Next I placed the pieces into Evaporust. I did everything but the sole and the brass pieces first (I soaked the brass in ketchup instead).

Already looking better.

The next Evaporust bath was for the sole but I had sort of a problem. I had no container that I could put this long beast of a sole into and get it all covered in Evaporust. That’s when I decided to make a plane burrito (I think Chipolte should make one this big).

My burrito worked for the most part, but you can see it didn’t quite cover it all.

Oh well, nothing a little sand paper and elbow grease won’t cure.

You can see that there is some pitting going on. Also the japanning on the this thing isn’t the greatest. I am debating on whether to re-japan it (it’s too cold in the garage to worry about doing it right now).

Now I need to start cleaning up the rest of the parts. I started out by using sandpaper on the frog, lever cap, iron, and chip breaker. Notice the chip in the lower right hand corner of the lever cap.

I then realized how much quicker, while being just a shiny, that a wire brush in my cordless drill was on the rest of the parts. So quick in fact, that I didn’t take any more pictures til I had the whole thing back together.

Cracked tote.

And of course the courtesy wood chip picture (don’t look too long or you might notice my crappy bench).

That is where I stand now. I didn’t want to spend days and days getting everything perfect but may come back over time and work on it some more here and here (such as touching up the handles). I hoped you enjoyed my restoration.

I’ll end with a family picture of what I have so far.

Oh, one last thing. Here is everything that I bought from that antique store for $41. A Disston miter saw, although I don’t think it’s anything special (any hand saw people can confirm that). Also, picked up what I feel to be a beautiful but simple mallet.

Thanks for reading my blog post.

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 04:43 PM

Wow that looks really good Bryson, that Bedrock is worth $41 for sure! Nice haul there. I didn’t know about the brass in ketchup thing, will have to try it out. Thanks!


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#2 posted 01-14-2014 05:00 PM

A Bedrock 607 for $25, or even $41 for that matter, is gloat worthy.

Cleanup looks good.

BTW, I glanced at your profile and see that you are in Kansas. Be careful I don’t track you down and steal that plane. The guys here can tell you I have a serious round sided Bedrock addiction :-)

Edit: One suggestion on restorations. Unless the pieces are falling off, I wouldn’t recommend removing riveted or pinned pieces, such as the lateral adjuster and yoke. One slip when reassembling and you are looking for a new frog. There are some good stories from others who have made that mistake floating around.

Another tip for evaporust baths is to get a section of 4in PVC, glue a cap on one end and use that as your rust removal tank. Inexpensive and works well.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 05:09 PM

Beautiful save. It’s got a second lease on life.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 06:25 PM

Nice restore blog Bryson! Welcome to Lumberjocks where we all learn from each other. Ketchup and brass and PVC TANK. Love this site. Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 10:11 PM

7Footer I found someone else on here (maybe DonW or someone in his restoration blogs) who used ketchup for polishing brass. It worked OK. I sat the brass in it for 30 minutes to an hour and then took a Q-tip and worked on them for a while. I’ve also heard lemon juice works too.

JayT looking back I probably shouldn’t have taken the yoke depth adjuster off but I’m still here to talk about it. Haha. The lateral adjuster fell off. I don’t really like that but it still works. Maybe my first wood project should be building a chest with a lock to keep you away. Ha. I think doing this restoration made me addicted to old rusted planes (especially bedrocks). My wife can vouch for me when I say I’ve kind of become obsessed on searching for them. I will definitely try the PVC tank next time. Sounds brilliant.

BTimmons this is definitely going to be a user for me for many years to come hopefully.

CFrye Lumberjocks has been an awesome resource. Pretty much every Google search I’ve done in the past month has ended with “lumberjocks” to see what great advice I can find here.

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