Stanley No 27 Transitional Jack Plane Repair / Restore

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Project by FJPetruso posted 07-24-2011 11:11 PM 6316 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I latched onto a nice Stanley No 27 Transitional Jack Plane as a restoration project. It had some pretty good rust & the body had some wood missing that was probably caused by rot from sitting in a barn or basement on the floor.

The tote was also bad & had been repaired. It looked as though the factory had drilled the hole through the handle too close to the side of the wood & it broke through there. I made a template of the tote & cut out the curved sides with my scroll saw on a one inch thick piece of maple that had the angled hole for the retaining screw predrilled on my drill press & then routed the handle with my table router. The top was cut off & the tote was finished up by hand.

I decided to make a new body for the plane using the lamination method because I’m not as interested in being authentic as I am in getting a good working plane quickly. I measured all the angles & the width of the opening & milled the two center sections & then milled a couple of slabs for the sides, all out of hard maple. I milled the body slightly oversize in order to leave room for squaring, jointing & planing to final dimensions. Then I cut off the ends of the assembled piece to the proper length of 15 inches & made sure the mouth was placed in the proper place from the ends. And then I put a slight chamfer on the front & back ends of the body. I layed the metal frame over the mouth of the body & marked all the places for screw holes & inlet for the boss that sticks down on the frog.

While all the milling was going on I was using my battery charger & a 5 gallon bucket full of baking soda electrolyte to safely remove the rust from the metal parts.

After the rust was removed & the blade sharpened I coated all of the parts, wood & metal, with a mixture of bee’s wax & linseed oil. I didn’t do any repainting of the metal parts & just left the nice dark gray patina of the antique metal.

I reassembled the parts & tried out my almost new plane. This is my first experience with a wood plane & it works great. It seems to me that the wood soled planes truly do glide smoother on the wood being planed.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 07-24-2011 11:15 PM

very nice

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#2 posted 07-24-2011 11:54 PM

Well done.

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#3 posted 07-25-2011 12:47 AM

New legs! Wow, this is fantastic. I think this is the first transitional re-body I’ve seen here. I need some more time with it, admiring. Nice work.

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

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#4 posted 07-25-2011 02:02 AM

Great work. I have tools which are old and rusting as I forgot about them. I have looked into the process you describe for rust removal. Wondering how much got transposed? You used baking soda? I’ve heard washing soda is preferred?

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#5 posted 07-25-2011 02:51 AM

Almost all of the rust was removed & I used scotch brite pads to clean up the residue. There’s a lot of stuff you could use for electrolyte but baking or washing soda is the most friendly to the environment. The iron residue & baking soda in the bucket can be poured down the drain or like I do… pour it under my pine trees to lower the ph in the soil & help the grass grow. It won’t hurt a thing.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#6 posted 07-25-2011 05:26 AM

nice save ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 07-26-2011 12:54 AM

very nice.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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