Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #11: Rehabbing a Stanley #3 smoother

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Blog entry by Brad posted 05-15-2012 01:18 AM 2683 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Rehabbing a Pre-1918 Disston handsaw with a couple of unique curiosities Part 11 of Vintage Tool Rehab Projects series Part 12: How to (and not to) repair that tote: My Stanley Bailey #7 Type 11 journey. »

For years now, I’ve been lusting after a #3, so I bit the bullet and picked up a Type 11 to go with my other Type 11s (8, 7, 5, 4).

It’s been in my shop getting acquainted with its friends and waiting for me to show it some loving care. Sunday (this was last March mind you) proved to be a beautiful break from the wicked wind and snow.

The rehab followed my usual routine.

—Sand iron and chip breaker up through 400 grit.
—Flatten the iron back and tweak the fit with the chip breaker to make the seam between them as tight as Ali Baba’s cave.
—Sharpen the iron to a 25 degree bevel
—Flatten the frog face through 400 grit paper. You can see from the picture that it needed it. Looks like it had some residual paint on it. See the lower-left picture above.
—Put some valve grinding compound (found at an auto parts store) on the frog mating surfaces and worked it back and forth in its slot in the plane bed. After 50 strokes, the surfaces firmly mated with no rocking or unsupported areas.

—Lapped the sole through 400 grit paper. Didn’t quite get the hollow out near the toe, but that 1/8” more represents working-in-a Roman-mine-with-copper-tools level of labor. Since it’s not critical to the tool’s function, I’ll leave it to my decedents to fix. Or more specifically, to the one who inherits both the plane and the family anal-retentive “just-gotta-get-that-last-little-bit-out” gene.

After putting it back together, I had this.

Then it was time for the test drive moment of truth. Will it be an Indy 500 rear-end-a-pace-truck disaster? Or a checker-flag experience? What say you?

Swwwweeeeeet!! I’ve never, and I mean never, had a vintage Stanley rehab take so little time and deliver girlfriend’s thigh’s smooth wood surfaces. Number 3 will always have a home with me…along with numbers 4, 5, 7 and 8.

Here’s a family photo.

You’d think the #5 could at least comb his hair before the family pic…

And here’s the rest of the family.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 01:45 AM

Brad, you’ve done those tools proud Sir! Excellent work, and the action shots say it all. If you’re interested in talking planes, sharpening, specialty tools, etc., think about hitting up the Handplanes of your dreams thread here on LJs… Lots of talk every day, all day, you might enjoy… Thanks for posting the family pics!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 05:13 AM

Beautiful restoration Brad as usual and nice tip re: the valve grinding paste. #6 next?

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Don W

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#3 posted 05-15-2012 11:02 AM

nicely done Brad. That’s a great family of Stanley’s you have there.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 05-15-2012 09:35 PM

Great job! I need some time at the bench myself.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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