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advise on restoring a stanley #4 plane #1: help..

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Blog entry by jaylost posted 12-21-2011 02:37 AM 2004 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I came across a stanley plane #4. In rather rough shape. trying to figure out the best way to go about restoring it to a usable tool. Looking for advice and such.

-- " If it wont fit just hit it harder "



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 02:40 AM

Got some pics? You may check out fellow LJ Don W, he has blogs and tons of info on the subject, plus links to other useful info. Best of luck, cant wait to see before/after photos.

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Don W

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#2 posted 12-21-2011 03:40 AM

Hope its helpful
restoration
other resources

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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MoshupTrail

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#3 posted 12-21-2011 04:01 AM

Take it apart. All apart. Fix the pieces, clean them, sharpen them, put it back together. Simple!
Sorry, there’s really more to it than that, but that’s the gist of it.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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jaylost

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 04:53 AM

thanks… i took it all apart and the iron is pretty bad.. and its two pieces .. all the ones i have ever seen are just one iron.. so im kinda of confused ..

-- " If it wont fit just hit it harder "

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jaylost

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#5 posted 12-21-2011 04:56 AM

Don W, how about i just ship this thing too you lol you seem like you have it down.. jking

-- " If it wont fit just hit it harder "

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Don W

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#6 posted 12-21-2011 01:46 PM

you’ve heard the expression give a guy a fish or teach a guy to fish? :-)

Actually I enjoy it. Be careful, once I got started I couldn’t stop.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#7 posted 12-21-2011 05:26 PM

for advice best to put up pictures of the plane as it is then take it apart and show the pieces. you start by assessing the level of rust. if its surface rust then that’s not much of an issue clean it off and start from there. What i do is start by cleaning rust with either evaporust for heavy rust or a brass wire wheel for light rust. flattening the sole depends on how bad its out of flat. the irons after cleaning will be in three parts cap lever which holds it down to the plane frog, cap iron(often called chip breaker) which helps make the iron more rigid, and the iron. the wood if its cracked from exposure needs replacing but if there isn’t a finish just a fine sanding and BLO will refresh the wood just fine. next will come tuning. sharpening the iron, flattening the part of the cap iron that makes contact with the cutting edge of the iron. then the frog you can flatten the face of to make a more solid contact. once all that is done you should be able to go to town. now if you wish to refresh the look as well there are methods for adding jappaning or paint back where it should be to make it look brand new. but DonW basically lines all that out in his first link.

-- Got Wood?

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jaylost

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#8 posted 12-21-2011 08:29 PM

-- " If it wont fit just hit it harder "

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jaylost

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#9 posted 12-21-2011 08:31 PM

I think this is a smoothing plane ? Is there a way to find out exact date or ?

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Don W

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#10 posted 12-21-2011 08:37 PM

You call that rough shape?

http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/blog/24092

Start with the rexmills link.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Don W

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#11 posted 12-21-2011 08:40 PM

and stop over to the Hand Planes of your dreams thread. There is more information there than you will get anyplace else.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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jaylost

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#12 posted 12-21-2011 08:49 PM

Well the handle was broken and i thought it had some pretty rough rust. The iron was pretty bad I thought. Thanks for the help, and speaking of addiction your feeding the fire here. I think ill be checking into some antique shops next week looking for some other projects to tackle.

-- " If it wont fit just hit it harder "

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Don W

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#13 posted 12-21-2011 08:51 PM

well, we’ve seen the before pictures, and thats good. During and after pictures are now a requirement.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Don W

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#14 posted 12-21-2011 08:52 PM

unless there is something about that blade I can’t see, there is no good reason to replace it IMHO.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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jaylost

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#15 posted 12-21-2011 08:53 PM

I agree. I will do my best. Christmas has hindered my projects at the moment.

-- " If it wont fit just hit it harder "

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