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Old Stanley Hand Plane Restoration

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Project by bobasaurus posted 07-11-2011 02:55 AM 6010 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought this old Stanley hand plane off ebay, and finally finished my restoration. I remade the handle and knob from honduras mahogany, with a few coats of tung oil + poly finish. I steel-wooled and wet sanded with WD-40 to clean up the cast iron, then took a wire wheel to all the hardware. Afterwards, I cleaned everything with alcohol and paste-waxed the whole thing. I sharpened the blade by hand (didn’t come out exactly straight, but it works for me), and flattened the chip breaker with a file/stone. Hopefully I’ll be able to use this puppy as a real tool now.

Edit: picture of it in action!

-- Allen, Colorado





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David Grimes

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#1 posted 07-11-2011 03:01 AM

Very good looking restore. Your knobs and handle look great.

Is that a 5 1/2 ? Looks too wide to be a 5 1/4.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#2 posted 07-11-2011 03:04 AM

Welcome to the slippery slope. Well done. I was guessing a #4…..

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

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bobasaurus

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#3 posted 07-11-2011 03:11 AM

I have no idea what variety of plane it is, other than a Stanley (logo on blade and lever cap). The sole is about 9.5” long x 2 1/4” wide. There is a marking of “C556MP” on the cast iron near the base of the handle. David, what do the sizes “5 1/2”, etc mean?

-- Allen, Colorado

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 07-11-2011 03:14 AM

Great looking plane!

I really like your photos as well. What type of lens did you use?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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WayneC

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#5 posted 07-11-2011 03:17 AM

Stanley Bench Planes are sized from #1 to #8 with a few odd numbers thrown in (e.g. 4 1/2, 5 1/4, and 5 1/2). They indicate the size and width of the plane. Yours is a more modern plane hence the C556mp number on it. It is roughly equivalent to a #4 sized plane. You can find more info on Stanley bench planes at the following link…

http://www.supertool.com/stanleybg/stan1.htm

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

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David Grimes

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#6 posted 07-11-2011 03:24 AM

In my guess, I was going by the shape of the lateral adjust (folded). Your measurement falls right in between the #4 (9” long and 2” wide) and the #4 1/2 (10” long and 2 3/8 ” wide). ???

I got it. It’s a Stanley Handyman 1208. 9 1/2” long and 2 1/8” wide. Many are burgundy in color instead of black. If I had one I would prefer the black japanning.

You will not find this plane on the blood and gore site, but as Wayne has steered you, there is information and pictures there of most of the vintage Stanley planes.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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bobasaurus

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#7 posted 07-11-2011 03:26 AM

Thanks for the info, Wayne.
Charlie, my camera is a Fujifilm FinePix S1800. It doesn’t have exchangeable lenses, but the macro quality is pretty nice for a non-slr. The lighting wasn’t great (sun was almost down, etc), but the photos came out decently.
David, nice detective work. More exactly, the sole is 9 3/8” x 2 7/32”.

-- Allen, Colorado

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ronniebo

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#8 posted 07-11-2011 03:38 AM

those fotos do you credit as does the user restore.
You will probably get unexpectedly good results if you move the frog a little further forward to help close the gap between the leading edge of the blade and the sole.
Ron B in Hobart

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Broglea

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#9 posted 07-11-2011 03:41 AM

I never get tired of looking at restores like this. This is a nicely done restore. Now enjoy making shaves with it.

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jaedwards575

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#10 posted 07-11-2011 04:20 AM

its a handyman, mostly, the lever cap is from an older model stanley. It has the key-hole opening rather than the modern kidney-shaped. (Stanley went to this way back when to prevent cap slippage, its a quick way to roughly date the planes.) Plus the handymans say it on the lever cap

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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ChesapeakeBob

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#11 posted 07-11-2011 02:03 PM

Inspiring! Nice job!

CB

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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HorizontalMike

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#12 posted 07-11-2011 09:17 PM

Nice clean restoration job and good photography to boot!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Bertha

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#13 posted 07-11-2011 09:18 PM

Really, really nice. One to really be proud of. Your tote is beautiful and I bet it fits your hand perfectly. I hope this is one of many for you.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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SCOTSMAN

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#14 posted 07-11-2011 09:23 PM

Nice job and nice old plane too well done. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Grant Libramento

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#15 posted 07-11-2011 11:03 PM

Love to see good old tools restored to new life. Great and noble work.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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