Restored Planes

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Project by DonDA posted 1663 days ago 2056 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this past week I wanted to do something different in my wood shop. So I decided to tackle tuning up my planes. I have been searching and acquiring reasonably priced and decent shape planes at various places over the last 2 years. I tuned each plane as I acquired them to do a very good job at what they were designed for, not worrying about looks. But, now I had my “complete set” so I wanted to do something special. Started by getting all the blades perfectly flat and polished on the back and sharpened to .3u. Then flattened and seated the frogs to my satisfaction. Then the longer than expected job of flattening the bottoms and squaring the sides (MUCH longer than expected) using a 3’ piece of glass and sandpaper. Arms were sure sore after that. But, then I was so pleased with this I decided to really fix them up and make them look “pretty”. So, all the brass parts got polished. The wood handles and knobs got sanded to bare wood and coated with 3 coats of dewaxed shellac and a coat of urethane. Then the japanned areas got totally cleaned and painted with gloss rustoleum enamel. I’m really happy with how they turned out, and I absolutely love working with them. I’m amazed how my power jointer and planer usage has went down. I just grab one of these babys and the work is done in a flash. The planes are:
No 7 Stanley Bailey Type 13 (1925-28)
No 6 Stanley Bailey Type 13
No 5 Stanley Bailey Type 13
No 3 Stanley Bailey Type 11 (1910-1918)
G12-220 Stanley Block 1985
Groz Block 2009

My favorite is ablsolutely the No 3. It does such a beautiful job of a final cut that I don’t have to touch the wood with anything before finishing!

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#1 posted 1663 days ago

Nice lookin planes. I have a Stanley Bailey #4 that belonged to my dad. Don’t know the age. I’ve had it for 40 years and don’t know how long he had it. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#2 posted 1663 days ago

Beautiful restoration job, and a great collection too, I hope soon my collection will be something similar, I just got a No4, No5 , another No6, No220 and a No78 out of ebay in addition to my first No6 and No3. I agree on the job done by the No3, one of my favorites too.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#3 posted 1662 days ago

Don – nice job on the restoration.

Alonso – you probably outbid me on a couple of those on ebay. I have been trying to get a set similar to this and restore them. So far I have a #4, a 110 and 960. I bought a granite surface plate for truing the soles and flattening the irons.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#4 posted 1662 days ago

JoeinDE – Relative to flattening the irons and sharpening, I have a granite plate and find I almost never use it. Instead, I went to a local glass store and asked for any 1/4” glass remnants that they could make into a 4X12 piece. I then gorilla glued them to a piece of 1/4” plywood for support. These will then take 1/3 piece of sandpaper. Use 40u (600) grit, 15u, 5u, 1u, and .3u and then a leather strop with green rouge. Really does a nice job and with these 5 pieces of glass I’m always set up to do a quick touchup on planes or chisels.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#5 posted 1662 days ago


That will be pretty hard to tell but who knows, perhaps you may be right maybe on a couple I got lucky, who knows, this is already getting a little out of my hands (I think) I just bought 2 more a little while ago (No 110 & No 4C) and I have 114 on my watching list :o) (like if I’m going to buy’em all) lol

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#6 posted 1662 days ago

Well done. Great choices in plane selection. All you need now is a 4 1/2 or 5 1/2. : ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 1661 days ago

looking great from here you can always toss them over to me if …............ :-))


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#8 posted 1661 days ago

good job, now u have almost as many as me. but i cheated i got most of mine new, i wish i had all the info to restore planes. when i was buying the ones i have now if i had the inf i could’ve gotten them cheaper maybe. now i want to change the frogs on mine also the blades, hock/lie nielson blades and the frogs that are flat from top to bottom. don’t know what type they are but i’ll do the research and find out.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 1661 days ago

I put Hock blades on all my Stanleys and it is without a doubt the best thing I’ve ever done to them. If I were you I would consider it. VAST IMPROVEMENT!!!!!!

-- Jed,Ala,

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#10 posted 1661 days ago

Beautiful resto. How did you repaint them? Did you use a brush or mask off all but the top and spray? Thanks.

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#11 posted 1660 days ago

WWilson – I masked everything off except what I wanted repainted, then used a sponge brush to spread the Rustoleum Glossy Black enamel. I also found that after I had the plane coated with the sponge brush, I dabbed the brush over the entire area. This seemed to take out any stroke marks and smoothed the surface to a nice smooth paint job.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#12 posted 1660 days ago

Tanks Don. I am thinking of doing this to my planes in the next year and wasn’t really sure how to get a good finish.

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#13 posted 1637 days ago

Nice Job

-- Bud, Central Square, NY,

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#14 posted 1625 days ago

Very pretty planes candy to the eye

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 678 days ago

Beautiful planes!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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