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Project by Dan posted 11-09-2010 11:58 PM 4577 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the 3rd hand plane that I have completely restored. This one comes from a lot of 4 planes that I won off Ebay. I think I paid a total of 23 dollars for all 4 including shipping. Of the 4 planes two of them were old Stanley planes and the other two I had never heard of. This is one of the planes I had not heard of. I did some research and couldn’t find much on Trustworthy planes but it looked decent quality enough to restore. I had restored my first plane all by hand and it was quite the project so for this time around I decided to try EvapoRust. I had heard about EvapoRust from reading other restore projects on this site.

The first step I took was to take the plane apart and soak all the parts in the EvapoRust over night. Even with all the great reviews I was still a little unsure on how well it would really work. After a night of soaking I was pleased to see that it did indeed work really well. If I were to do over I would probably rinse clean and soak it another night but I decided to finish taking the rest of the rust off by hand.

I started with the base of the plane. I sanded it all down with various grits of emery paper, cleaned it up well and then repainted it. I just used Rust-Oliuem semi gloss black paint. I put 3 coats on it. I did primer it first also.

Next was the fun part! Sanding, polishing and buffing the remaining metal parts. I did most of this by hand but did have a lot of help from my Dremel tool. The Dremel tool with a pad attachment works great for the small parts. I used brass cleaner to clean and polish the brass screws. When the paint dried I sanded and polished the sides of the base by hand.

Next was the hardest and I do mean hardest part and that was sanding the old finish off the handle and knob. If anyone has a secret on how to do this easier please let me know. I think it would have been easier to just make new ones. I used a paint stripper but even after that it required a ton of sanding in order to get the old finish off. I used the dremel tool for some of it but that seemed to wanna take too much off. I ended up doing most all by hand. Once sanded down I finished it with a few coats of shellac.

I started working on the blade but it was pretty shot and probably not even worth the time. I plan on getting a good quality replacement blade and cap iron.

The last step was to flatten the sole which I did using emery paper on glass… Worked well.

Since I didn’t do anything with the blade I have not yet used this plane but I am happy with how well it looks now. If nothing else I will keep it on my mantel for display.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"





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DaddyZ

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 12:06 AM

Sweet !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Roger

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 12:18 AM

If it cuts as good as it looks…. that’s awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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b2rtch

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 12:27 AM

I love to do this kind of thing.
In fact I ma thinking about doing that as a side business, may be.

-- Bert

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Big_Bob

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 12:38 AM

I love to see old tools come back to life. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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mafe

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#5 posted 11-10-2010 01:02 AM

Nothing like the first shaves after a good restore.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 11-10-2010 01:05 AM

This is a very useful use of time. The new issue of Fine Woodworking has an article how to do this process. Looks like you could have written it. Well done.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#7 posted 11-10-2010 01:14 AM

Very well done.

Would the gods who opine on such matters object strongly to replacing the wood in the handle and knob? That seems doable and it would probably be less work that restoring the existing handle and knob.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Bryan_M

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#8 posted 11-10-2010 01:16 AM

Run a long bolt with some washers and nuts through the front knob and chuck that sucker in a drill press. You’ll have it sanded and trued in minute or two. I haven’t found a clever trick for the rear handle yet…

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WoodLe

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#9 posted 11-10-2010 03:01 AM

Well done! Not many guys out there that know how to sharpen a blade right. (At least all the ones I buy—looks like they use a hand grinder)

-- www.largewoodslabs.com Apple Creek, Ohio

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swirt

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#10 posted 11-10-2010 05:07 AM

Looks great.

I haven’t used this method on a plane tote yet, but on old saw handles I use a card scraper to remove the finish in fairly good order. It will even work on the curves. I’ve also had good results with a fine tooth wood file. Eventually you have to switch to sandpaper to smooth it all out.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#11 posted 11-10-2010 05:48 AM

Wow, great restoration. That looks a lot like one I just rescued from Dad’s old file cabinet ready to go to auction, think it’s a Stanley, but not marked as such.

Thanks for the tip on Evaporust!

-- Smitty

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racerglen

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#12 posted 11-10-2010 01:54 PM

The front one’s a Stanley, their cheaper line, can’t judge the rear one ? Rich, I’m with you to a point on the replacing handles, but a lot of the old planes used rosewood for knob and tote..toss them ? I think
not !. One way of speeding the cleanup on a tote is to scrape as meantioned, then to the drill press
and a flap sander wheel. Works realy well with a progression of grits.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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