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Project by Boneski posted 1682 days ago 2863 views 10 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a Stanley made in England No7 jointer that I picked up off Ebay.
There was a good amount of rust on it so I decided to use electrolosys to remove it.
Cue this unused esky (cooler I think you call it in USA), some washing soda and a 12 volt power supply.
I used a scotch brite scourer to get rid of remaining Japanning before masking up and repainting with satin epoxy enamel.
The sole was quite straight and had no pitting to speak of, so I gave it a light rub back with the scotch brite.
I scraped back and repainted the tote and knob. Buffed the brass screw heads. Finally, I gave the iron a sharpen on the Tormek T7 and set it up.
Job done!

-- Blinded by brilliance





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JocknIt

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#1 posted 1682 days ago

Hey nice job. I have wanted to do this for some time and have yet to get around to it. You should be proud!!

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SgtSnafu

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#2 posted 1682 days ago

Awesome job on the plane !! I have several that could use this type of treatment…

Thank you for sharing.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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gmerteng

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#3 posted 1682 days ago

Nice job on the plane looks great. I would probably electrocute myself if i tried something like that, it sure does a nice job.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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Rick Boyett

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#4 posted 1682 days ago

I’m planning to do my first electrologists job right after Christmas..

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woodworm

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#5 posted 1682 days ago

The plane (after) looks brand new! Great restoration work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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dbhost

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#6 posted 1682 days ago

Excellent restoration job. Hard to tell it’s not new…

FWIW, yes we do call those coolers over here, depending on region. Most folks here in the south that I hear call them Ice Chests.. I have heard them referred to out west as Igloos, but as you may or may not know, that is really the name of a shelter made of snow and ice by the American Eskimos. And a brand name for a manufacturer of ice chests….

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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John Gray

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#7 posted 1682 days ago

Very nice job!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Dudley

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#8 posted 1682 days ago

Very nice. Looks new. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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FirehouseWoodworking

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#9 posted 1682 days ago

Very nice looking plane! Looks like you got a great deal on this one.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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jcoulam

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#10 posted 1682 days ago

Very nice Boneski! Would you tell us more about how the you do the electrolysis, maybe do a blog?

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas

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abie

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#11 posted 1682 days ago

Igloo is the brand name of some small ice chests here in the West.
We also call them coolers and ice chests.
BTW Nice job on the plane.
Bruce

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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TheDane

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#12 posted 1682 days ago

Nice work! This old war horse looks like it is ready to give you many years of faithful service.

I did a restoration on a US-made No 7 I found on eBay … I used engine enamel instead of japanning (I found some recipes for japanning that called for using asphaltum, etc.). Mine is a ‘Sweetheart’, and believe me, after fettling and harpening, it is sweet!

The electrolysis process I used came from a blog by fellow LJ David (http://lumberjocks.com/David/blog/2191)

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Beginningwoodworker

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#13 posted 1682 days ago

Nice job.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#14 posted 1682 days ago

Very good job

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1681 days ago

It didn’t look that good when it was new :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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