Stanley plane restoration

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Project by CanalboatJim posted 1028 days ago 2272 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently got lucky on Craig’s List and acquired this group of tools from an estate. I got a Stanley #4, an early #4C a #191 shoulder plane, a Stanley #82 scrapper, and a Starrett #181 scrapper. I used the electrolysis method to remove rust. It worked well and didn’t cost anything. I will certainly do it again.

None of these tools has any collectable value, so I went ahead and painted the shoulder plane with Hammerite. You can see the results in picture #3.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#1 posted 1028 days ago

That’s a score! Worth hunting for a replacement tote and knob.

-- Jay in Changsha

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#2 posted 1028 days ago

Nice score. Keep up the good work.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#3 posted 1028 days ago

Well done !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#4 posted 1028 days ago

Nice lot, and nice restoration. Here in Portugal I’ve been trying to get a shoulder plan for ages, but no luck yet. No collectable value there, but here they are very hard to find…


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#5 posted 1028 days ago

Nice restoration work Jim. I just finished restoring an old Stanley no. 190 shoulder plane, a Stanley no. 80 scraper, and a Stanley no.4 hand plane. They had been my great grandfather’s when he was a carpenter/cabinet maker in New York. Many people don’t give these old Stanleys a fair shake thinking they are crude and worthless. It is nice to remember that many of these old hand tools created some beautiful furniture in the hands of the craftsmen of years ago. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#6 posted 1027 days ago


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#7 posted 1027 days ago

Great restores. I’ve got an 82 waiting in the wings.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#8 posted 1022 days ago

Nice Job !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#9 posted 1022 days ago

You done the right thing. Wow, bring them back to better than new.It’s wonderful to see an older tool being given anew lease on life. Have fun. Alistair

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

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#10 posted 1022 days ago

Wow, I’m surprised how much I like the marroon on the rebate plane. What kind of paint did you use? I’m a sucker for the box scrapers too. You’ve done a nice thing here!

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

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#11 posted 1022 days ago

and yet you have yet to make me an offer on my maroon #4 Al. Whats up with that ;-}

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#12 posted 1021 days ago

Thank’s everyone for your nice comments. It is always encouraging to read what other lumberjocks have got to say.

Bertha, The paint is Hammerite by Rustoleum.I had it on the shelf from another project. The paint is very good, but the new trigger top is very difficult to use. I’m going to stick with the regular spray nozzle from now on.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#13 posted 1006 days ago

How did you do the electrolysis to remove the rust? Got a few planes I would like to restore.

-- Tim C., Sgt. Bluff, Iowa.

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#14 posted 1006 days ago

Search LJs for electrolysis and search the internet for “electrolysis planes”

Al has a pretty good blog here to.
My Blog

Lots of info.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#15 posted 1004 days ago

Materials: Battery charger, 5gal bucket, washing soda, Sacrificial iron ( old monkey wrench), Chain to hang piece to be de rusted.

Dissolve about a cup of washing soda in hot water. Clamp the sacrificial piece to the side of the bucket so that part of the piece is above the water. Place a stick across the bucket and using the chain suspend the work piece. Connect the positive lead to the sacrificial piece and the negative lead to the work piece.

The process will take a few hours depending on how rusty the piece is. Good luck.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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