Record #4c smoothing plane refurbish completed

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Blog entry by jasondain posted 08-26-2013 08:36 PM 1551 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Along the lines of my last post, I seem to have caught the old tool refurbish bug. I found this plane at an antique dealer in Chester NS on the way back from a beach day. I’ve driven by these places a hundred times without thinking that they might have some interesting stuff. I took the plunge and a lot of places had some interesting stuff including saws, drills and lots of wooden planes. None of them really interested me as I was looking for an old smoother (#3 or 4) size with a iron body.

Here is the before pic. There was a fair bit of surface rust and the handles were quite gummed up. The blade had some pitting but not where it counts. For $30 I figured this would be a good smoother to try to refurbish. My research places it in the mid 1950’s production date.

I took the plane completely apart and used a metal brush on my drill to clean up all the metal excluding the brass parts. For those, I used some fine sandpaper and steel wool to polish them. I scraped the old lacquer off the handles and oiled them with some linseed oil as I prefer the flat look to the glossy look.

I lapped the bottom and sides using 120, 220, and 320 grit paper on my jointer bed. As this plane is corrugated on the bottom, this went fairly quickly. The blade was lapped on my DMT diasharp and water stones until it was flat, shiny and razor sharp to 35’ angle. With the cleanup complete, I reassembled and was able to get fine shavings and surface. This will now get added to my ever growing collection of tools for use in subsequent projects. The site I found very useful to guide me was here.

Finished pics follow, thanks for reading.

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#1 posted 08-26-2013 08:43 PM

Very pretty plane. Nice restoration.

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#2 posted 08-26-2013 08:45 PM

Nice Restore !!

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

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#3 posted 08-28-2013 05:25 PM

Very nice! I too have just been hit with the restoration bug. A couple weeks back I picked up a Stanley #4C (circa 1918) to restore. Your’s looks to be in about the same condition mine is in. I hope mine comes out this nice.

-- David

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