Refurbished #4 and #5 Stanley Planes

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Project by scottwpaul02 posted 1649 days ago 3586 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all, thought I would share my adventures in hand planes.  I just started woodworking and thought I needed a set.  I went to a few garage sales and picked up a #4 and two #5’s.  Shown is the best #5 and the #4.  I derusted with phosphoric acid on the #4…and due to the gray color aftewards I decided to cold blue it…it looks great, just not traditional.  The #5 I used electrolysis and left the metal natural.  All of the handles were either missing or cracked to the point of trash so I made new handles out of walnut and bloodwood (knobs are from scrap walnut, totes are both woods laminated like plywood to keep it from splitting).  Not only my first rehab projects, but my first turning project (knobs) and carving (totes).  I have put 3 coats of tung oil on the handles. Enjoy, if anyone has any suggestions on em, please let me hear it!

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#1 posted 1649 days ago

Cool planes. Well done. I like the handles and the idea of the lamination is a great idea. I would think that they would be much less likely to break. Did you put new blades and chip breakers in these or just remove the rust from the original ones?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 1649 days ago

Wow back from the dead, they look great,

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1649 days ago

Doc, I used the old chip breakers and got new blades. I got the idea for laminating the handle from Julian. Thanks for the comment!

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#4 posted 1649 days ago

I just won a #8 (type 9 or 10, as far as I can tell from the pictures) for just over $9 that doesn’t look as bad as yours did at the start – save one thing: the lever cap is broken. I didn’t notice it before bidding (the rust on the blade and lever cap camouflaged it), but I’m still pretty happy with the snag – they usually go for $75+ minimum. I’ve got a few more bids out as well, so hopefully I’ll have some restoration blogs of my own in the future :)

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#5 posted 1649 days ago

Great restoration work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 1649 days ago

awesome restoration…I have used electrolysis on some tools with washing soda and it works great

-- Ray,Iowa

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Monty Queen

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#7 posted 1649 days ago

Awesome work on those planes. I found a plane at a flee market it did not look that bad, i cleaned my up and took on the surface rust and named it “Planie”.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 1649 days ago

I love restoration! Nice job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 1649 days ago

Looking good. I did the same thing with the tote and handle on my #7.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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Les Casteel

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#10 posted 1649 days ago

Great Job! Hey would someone tell me the details about the de-rusting thing with electrolysis?


-- Les, Arkansas,

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#11 posted 1649 days ago

Outstanding. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#12 posted 1649 days ago

Outstanding, they look brand new, did you replace anything? I’m familiar with the electolysis method, would you mind sharing your phosphoric acid technique

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#13 posted 1649 days ago

DocK, #1: I replaced the blades, totes, and knobs. #2: The phosphoric method is pretty simple. The best read about it, though, is where I read about it. On woodworkers central blog boards Bob Smalser has a few articles that are GREAT for how to’s and why’s on phosphoric acid and cold blueing. Thanks for reading!

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#14 posted 1649 days ago

Great Job,I love to see classic tools come back from the dead!

I just finished up a couple myself, a type 5 #5 and a type 4 #7, just waiting for a new Hock blade for my #7!

Love the totes and knobs too.

Mm Snausages!

-- Brian, Jericho Vermont

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#15 posted 1648 days ago

wow awesome job

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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