Wards Master No. 7

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Found this in an antique shop for $80. Okay, it was complete and salvageable, just in need of some TLC. The tote and nob were stripped and then covered in Mohawk walnut grain filler to get some color into the beech they used with these planes—made by Stanley for Wards. I flattened the sole. I’m off-work this month, so I had the time for this…. New paint, sharpening, and the project—shavings!

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#1 posted 07-18-2016 02:15 PM

Nicely done.

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#2 posted 07-18-2016 02:39 PM

Thank you!

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#3 posted 07-18-2016 07:23 PM

That’s a good price for a jointer in nice condition. And you did a great job with the restoration. What kind of paint did you use, and how did you strip the japanning first?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#4 posted 07-18-2016 08:17 PM

Looks really good.

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#5 posted 07-18-2016 10:15 PM

I really like those big hand planes. You have done a great job refurbishing it. They are a wonderful tool to use and if kept sharp they are indispensable.

-- Peter New Zealand

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#6 posted 07-19-2016 12:38 AM

I used soap and water to clean up the plane only, then used the worn japaning as a primer. Covered it with a Krylon wrinkle-black spray (#3370), which is not made anymore—had some extra cans in the garage. The effect of the wrinkling makes anyone look talented! But this type of paint can be found at any auto parts store. Not a resto but a refurbishing—I only buy tools to use. Well, most of them.

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#7 posted 07-19-2016 02:39 PM

The only way I have found to plane on a Workmate is to clamp board at one end and sit on the other.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#8 posted 07-19-2016 02:42 PM

LOL! Yeah—it was a test run. I need to get a proper work bench.

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#9 posted 07-19-2016 06:52 PM

Nice job! I have a Wards #6 luckily just needed a spitshine and a blade tuneup, solid user.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#10 posted 08-11-2016 01:43 PM

I love my Wards #3. So very cheap and functional.

-- I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6

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