Stanley #30 Transition Restore

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Project by Don W posted 1080 days ago 2246 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 1080 days ago

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 1080 days ago

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 1079 days ago

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 1079 days ago

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 1079 days ago

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 1079 days ago

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, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 1079 days ago

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 1079 days ago

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 1079 days ago

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 1079 days ago

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 1079 days ago

Simply beautiful!

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

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#12 posted 1079 days ago

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 1079 days ago

The ohio tools look fairly similar as well.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#14 posted 1074 days ago

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 1074 days ago

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

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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