Stanley #30 Transition Restore

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Project by Don W posted 09-14-2011 02:48 AM 2812 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my latest restore, a nice Stanley #30 Transitional plane. I bought this at a barn sale. It needed a little sanding and BLO coats. It needed a new rear tote and some serious sharpening.

Here is the before.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 09-14-2011 03:13 AM

Wow! What a difference a new owner and some hard work makes!

-- Plank says: "If you're a little board, might as well get hammered!"

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#2 posted 09-14-2011 03:20 AM

The iron says Pat 1992… that’s strange. Either way, very nice referb. I have a Stanley Jenny Transitional. The smaller version of yours.


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#3 posted 09-14-2011 08:37 AM

Ah, that’s it. Keep em coming! I know you’ve got a pile and half to go through. This makes me think I’ll take a good look at the transitional planes I’ve been passing by lately. I’ve stayed away from them but it looks like great results are a real possibility. Thanks for the post.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 10:46 AM

Fantastic work Don. You are fast becoming the plane refurb expert. That’s an unusual pattern on the lever cap with those dimples. Never seen one like that before.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 09-14-2011 12:00 PM

Really nice Don, now she is shining and waiting for shaves.
Best thoughts,

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

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#6 posted 09-14-2011 12:51 PM

Lovley work Don..
(and I’ve wondered about the 19 92 patent on some of my irons as well..19th day of some month in the 92nd year ?)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 09-14-2011 01:50 PM

Awesome new look! I can’t believe that its the same plane. Nice shavings! Looks like its good for the next 100 yrs.

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#8 posted 09-14-2011 02:01 PM

You outdid yourself Don that a sweet trans…........ great work!!

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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#9 posted 09-14-2011 03:45 PM

Each of these planes you are restoring is nicer that the last. Great work.
Keep up the postings.

-- Anthony

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#10 posted 09-14-2011 04:43 PM

Great job! Looks like a keeper!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#11 posted 09-14-2011 11:58 PM

Simply beautiful!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#12 posted 09-15-2011 03:28 AM

Looks good. This post is rather timely. I just purchased at an antique store a wooden jack plane to retore. The store said it was a stanely, but I can;t find any makings that back it up, however it looks A LOT LIKE THIS ONE. I will have to look at it harder – the iron on mine may likely not be original Stanley iron so that would explain the lack of stamp on the iron, and I’m not real sure I lookded at the end of it to see if Stanley was stamped there.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#13 posted 09-15-2011 03:40 AM

The ohio tools look fairly similar as well.

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#14 posted 09-19-2011 03:57 PM

Well done. These are fun planes to work on. Did you make a new handle for it?

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#15 posted 09-20-2011 02:02 AM

I think I stole a handle off another one Dan. I fixed the one on this and will probably switch it back.

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