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restored Stanley #7b jointer plane

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Project by Julian posted 02-21-2009 02:55 AM 5514 views 6 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After patiently watching craigslist for the past few months, I found this 30’s era stanley #7b jointer plane for $30. It was in decent shape, but the handle was broken, and worn out. I decided purists be damned, so I cleaned up the plane, repainted it, and polished all of the hardware.

The handles are curly bubinga and tiger maple. Since the original rear handle cracked in half, i opted to alternate the grain of the maple just as if it were plywood to give it strength. I don’t have a lathe, so I had to get creative when I made the front handle. I roughed it out on the bandsaw, then chucked it in the drillpress, and sanded away till I had the desired shape. The handles were finished with 2 coats of thinned amber shellac, followed by 3 coats of laquer.

Let me say that this badboy really plows through wood effortlessly due to its heft(it weighs just over 8 pounds!). This plane is 22” long with a 2 3/8” blade.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL





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Francisco Luna

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#1 posted 02-21-2009 03:08 AM

Looks Nice! 30 bucks for a #7 is a good deal…nice work with the wooden parts….Is this plane made in England?

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#2 posted 02-21-2009 03:12 AM

Nice looking plane Julian! I know it’s sacrilege to some folks to modify old planes but for me if you aren’t going to us them give them to a museum. I think what you’ve done will give an excellent plane for a long career. Wish I had it myself. A #5 is as long as I have and it’s no Stanley.

-- Gary

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#3 posted 02-21-2009 03:13 AM

That the best 30 dollar tool you’re going to find on the planet…nice fine and nice work enjoy using it…Blkcherry

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Julian

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#4 posted 02-21-2009 03:18 AM

Doubtthead, yes it’s a Baileys made in England.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#5 posted 02-21-2009 03:25 AM

Congratulations! I’m on the lookout for a #6 or #7. You have one sweet tool.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#6 posted 02-21-2009 03:29 AM

Nice restoration job! Beautiful plane! Definately worth using, and passing down to the kids! :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#7 posted 02-21-2009 03:39 AM

Looks great, why can’t I find scores like that?

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#8 posted 02-21-2009 04:37 AM

It doesnt matter what others say about customizing a refurb you have good taste and you did a great job.

-- GO DAWGS!

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#9 posted 02-21-2009 04:38 AM

Looks like it cleaned up pretty well. I love the idea of restoring old tools and actually using them. If you bought it and just looked at it, then in my opinion you’d be better off spending your money on a nice picture and hanging it on the wall to look at…tools were made to be used. Good job!

-- Cody Crisp

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woodworm

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#10 posted 02-21-2009 08:38 AM

Great opportunity to get #7 jointer plane for just $30….great restoration work and now it looks “newer” than the brand-new one.
Craiglist? Can I buy on-line? (I don’t think they ships internationally…)

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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woodworm

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#11 posted 02-21-2009 08:40 AM

Great opportunity to get #7 jointer plane for just $30….great restoration work and now it looks “newer” than the brand-new one.
Craigslist? Can I buy on-line? (I don’t think they ships internationally…)

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Dadoo

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#12 posted 02-21-2009 04:12 PM

Excellent!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#13 posted 02-21-2009 04:29 PM

That’s Heirloom quality work.
Your grand kids will like using that thing.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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sIKE

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#14 posted 02-21-2009 04:41 PM

I really like the handle work. Making the handle with layers running across each other makes allot of sense! Beautiful work. How did you shape the tote? Bandsaw and …. is my guess.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Julian

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#15 posted 02-21-2009 05:00 PM

Thanks for all the comments.

I roughed the tote out on the bandsaw, then used the oscillating spindle sander followed by LOTS of hand sanding. The toughest part was getting the holes to allign. I made a jig for the drillpress that held the tote at the corret angle for drilling the holes.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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