|Project by CharlieM1958||posted 02-14-2011 04:26 AM||2984 views||6 times favorited||45 comments|
I’m afraid I’ve been bitten by the plane bug.
After debating shelling out $200+ for a #4 Veritas, I came across this pair of old Stanleys (#4 and #5) on eBay. The second photo shows their original condition. Based on the seller’s 100% rating and his promise that all the major parts were in good shape, I decided to go the rehab route rather than buy brand new. I’m extremely happy with my decision. After spending a good part of the weekend cleaning these up and honing the irons on my new Worksharp3000, they were turning out newspaper-thin shavings with ease. As an added bonus, the process of taking them apart and putting them back together again took a lot of the mystery out of planes for me. Now I finally understand what all the screws, levers, and various adjustments actually do!
I was able to date the #4 as a Type15, built in 1931-32, and the #5 as a Type 19, manufactured between 1948 and 1961. I find it pretty amazing how well made these things are. Considering they are 50-80 years old, and all it took was a few hours of work to make them look like new… well, I think that says it all.
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"