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Restoring a "Zenith" by Marshall Wells Hardware transitional plane.

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Blog entry by poopiekat posted 11-12-2016 07:33 PM 1187 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This plane was purchased at auction recently:

I do my usual triage, assign it a number for my spreadsheet, from whence it gets put away for my after-retirement hobby. But I found this one intriguing enough to tackle right away. First, the tote. The shark-fin was snapped off, and so I pieced in some replacement stock, and faired it in to the original contours.

Strip off all the cast iron parts, sandblast them, and use a 3-M deburring wheel to a smooth finish:

then delicately take the wood body and do one light pass on all four sides:

Then finish all the wood parts with a few light coats of shellac, and then two coats of polyurethane. The sole gets a heavy coat of mineral oil and Johnson’s wax.

Then back to the deburring wheel to brighten the screw heads, and lateral lever. Oh, oh… the cutter height wheel is steel, apparently, I polished off the brass finish!!

Soo.. I recolored the base casting and frog after some sandable primer was applied and dusted off. I chose Cordovan and Butternut as a color scheme…so Nineteen Forties-ish! One coat of alkyd enamel!!

Done! No, not quite…it needs a bit of tweaking, I want to re-shape the horn of the tote, change the wheel to a solid brass one, and find a glossier finish for the lever cap. Then perhaps a shot of the plane in action.
This plane was manufactured by Sargent, the parts are all identified as ‘3416’ cast into the surface. The cutter and toe are stamped “Zenith” with a cool logo.

Hope you like!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!



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Redoak49

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#1 posted 11-12-2016 07:53 PM

Really nice restore…anxious to see shavings

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#2 posted 11-12-2016 09:36 PM

Excellent. I like the color combo.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 11-12-2016 10:15 PM

Thanks, guys! The iron is plenty sharp so I’ll wait for all the finishes to completely cure, then take it out for a test-run. Then up on a shelf she goes…. and on to another project.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 11-12-2016 10:15 PM

Wow, very nice job!

-- Michael Makarevich (CrazyRussianWoodShop): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYNOkVS7B5_6A3GgNq7TtrQ

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#5 posted 11-13-2016 12:20 AM

Well, that’s how it’s done!

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#6 posted 11-14-2016 12:52 AM

Thanks, guys! The great feedback is an inspiration!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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