Stanley #4 Type 9 or 10 - Plane Restoration - Part 1

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Project by sIKE posted 2356 days ago 3342 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have started restoring this plane it was my wifes grandmothers fathers plane. It is damaged on one side, it looks like it was dropped and a part of one side was broken off. I see this plane as still being useful. I have taken it apart and have start cleaning up the metal parts. I have picked out a nice piece of 8/4 dark walnut to replace the handle and the knob. This is one of 5 concurrent projects that I am working on. Will setup another project when I am done.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 2356 days ago

Good luck. It looks like you have your work cut out for you.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2356 days ago

Good luck – looks like it’s going to be a lot of work – but if you can pull it off, it will be worth the effort.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2355 days ago

I can see that you love a challenge- especially so since you are working on so many projects concurrently. I just recently did some work on a Stanley #5 and #8 that belonged to my father but had not seen any use in at least 40 years.

All I did was take the rust off and replaced the plane irons and chip breakers with Hock replacements and they perfrom beautifully. Now if only I could improve the operator end of the process. But that comes with practice I suppose.

Good luck on the restoration. Post some pictures on your progress.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 2355 days ago

I’m looking forward to seeing how this goes. I love old tools, and restoring old tools as well.

From what I can tell, it looks like the only thing you’ll have a problem doing with this plane is shooting, but most use a #5, #6, or #7 for that. Hopefully though, it will function well for you at all other operations!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 2355 days ago

Good luck, Theres nothing like restoring life

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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Mark Mazzo

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#6 posted 2355 days ago

Other than the broken piece, this looks very doable. I recently restored a Stanley Bailey #4 that I bought on EBay. It was in a little better shape than this one. I wrote about it on my blog The is some info there on a product to remove the rust very effectively that you may be interested in. Good luck on the project!

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#7 posted 2354 days ago

Thanks Mark, I read your blog and ran down to the AZ yesterday and bought that product works like a charm. My next big hurtle is getting the left over paint off of everything…..

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#8 posted 2350 days ago

Save the tote and send it to me! I would repair and refinish it. It’s one of the old profiles which puts the plane at pre type 9 maybe earlier judging by the lack of the frog advancing mechanism. Hope this helps.

Personally, I’d plant the broken body in the garden beneath my hydrangeas. The iron keeps their color up. You could find a replacement body at a tool swap meet, flea market or on eBay. Or you could go retail and get one promptly from an antique tool dealer. Whatever you do just look for a match via vintage; patent dates, et al.

Your gramps would be proud.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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Tony Ennis

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#9 posted 1729 days ago

I would clean it up and put it on a shelf. Better user #4’s can be had for much less work.

-- Tony

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