Hot Blonde with a red dress on ! (refurbishing a #6 Craftsman plane)

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Project by aurora posted 04-22-2010 03:42 AM 6744 views 8 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i occasionally do big table tops and needed a plane big enough to flatten them, so i was looking for a #6,7 or 8. the price of good quality new planes and nice old planes were both way out of my reach. after consulting with the lumberjock experts i settled on some lesser know (not the collector hot bailey and stanley planes) names. the guys gave me a list of manufacturers that i should be able to get in my budget. i found a 60 some year old craftsman plane with good solid castings, but had broken handles and was pretty rusty and pitted from sitting in a barn, ... $20, just my price. the farmer told me he watched his father build the house and woodwork in it with this plane, and thought his dad bought it new as a young man. he never used it, but it worked real nice for his dad.

cleaned up all the wrought and cast metal/brass parts, but just couldn’t bring myself to go old school black with rosewood handles. my craftsman is not a “collector”, she’s a user. so i decided to give her a personality with a little bit of whimsy. my “blonde” has maple handles with a a rubbed poly/linsead oil finish and a hot red enamel painted body. castings were wiped with a phosphate conversion coating to seal the rust pits. the tote was easy enough to make, but since i don’t have a lathe, the knob was pretty tough to get round. roughed out a cylinder on the band saw and finished it with knife, rotary rasp, and sanded on the drill press. a good site for a tote pattern is :

put her back together without re-sharpening and did a test cut to see how bad the blade was, and to my surprise she effortlessly produced ribbon thin shavings in some old oak from the sawmill.

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#1 posted 04-22-2010 04:09 AM

Nice job.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#2 posted 04-22-2010 04:11 AM

I like the red finish on it, might have to steal that idea for any future plane restorations I may do. Thanks for the post.

-- Drew, Delaware

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Joe , Humble, TX

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#4 posted 04-22-2010 04:33 AM

nice work, very different.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 04-22-2010 04:59 AM

i’m also liking the red on blonde

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#6 posted 04-22-2010 05:54 AM

Looking good for a 60 year old blond.

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#7 posted 04-22-2010 07:16 AM

a 60 year old blond with red libstick waaoow I must say she looks gordius
she is in a fabilus form , she can turn the head on any teen right out
of highschool

great restore on that plan
I´ll bett you will use her
a lot
thank´s for sharing her
with us


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#8 posted 04-22-2010 02:23 PM

Great choice on this plane; it looks fantastic.

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#9 posted 04-22-2010 02:42 PM

nice. i like it! did you just use something like sprayed on rustoleum?

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#10 posted 04-22-2010 04:14 PM

In all probability, your plane was made by Sargent. I have an excellent #7 0f the same vintage. I think the Sargent planes compare very well with the Bailey’s. I like the red finish, lends a certain touch as does the blond wood. Well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 04-22-2010 04:21 PM

Dude…that’s just wrong! I love it.

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#12 posted 04-22-2010 04:41 PM

That’s a hot rod of a plane, but… I’m still looking for the hot blonde with a red dress ;)

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#13 posted 04-22-2010 05:56 PM

Jason too bad you missed her, maybee next time

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#14 posted 04-22-2010 06:03 PM

Well done.

Thanks for sharing, this is a great looking plane.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#15 posted 04-22-2010 09:07 PM

She is wonderful.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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