Stanley Transitional needs a cherry body.

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Project by Don W posted 04-09-2012 08:10 PM 2402 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Stanley #27 with a new Cherry body. Knob and tote are original. All other parts are original.

Sharpened with a slight camber for a jack.

Before pictures and additional pictures on my blog.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 08:20 PM

Oh, wow! That cherry does look great. Very nice work, and again with the Magic Poplar! You ‘Da Man! :-)

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#2 posted 04-09-2012 08:20 PM

That thing looks freaking amazing, great work Don!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 04-09-2012 08:31 PM

Excellent work Don. I bet that transitional works well.

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 08:35 PM

and note I finally remembered to pick up some new brass wood screws

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 08:49 PM

Fantastic work Don. I really like this one. I think its those shiny brass screws that do it for me. :-) Seriously though, that’s an amazing transformation when you look at the before shot on you blog. Did you put any kind of finish on the Cherry? It looks natural.

-- 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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#6 posted 04-09-2012 08:53 PM

I used Brush Oil, something new I picked up to try.

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#7 posted 04-09-2012 08:54 PM

The first transitional plane I like. Thank you.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#8 posted 04-09-2012 09:04 PM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 04-09-2012 09:17 PM

Great job looks awesome!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#10 posted 04-09-2012 09:27 PM

Nailed it!

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#11 posted 04-09-2012 10:18 PM

Nice one, Don!! I come to a screeching halt every time I take my transitionals off the shelf….because I could easily fabricate a new wooden body, BUT….Removing the Stanley, or Union, Sargent stamping on the nose? That’s just plain wrong! Has anyone ever found a set of dies to re-create that fine Logo and numeric size? I’ve considered slicing off the nose, 1/8” thick, and gluing it up to the new body, but it might not look good. Suggestions? Great plane there, Don! Thanks for not using square-drive steel screws!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#12 posted 04-09-2012 10:24 PM

I actually considered slicing off the nose, 1/8” thick, and gluing it up to the new body. The problem with the body on this one, you could pick it apart with your fingernail. It was dry rotten beyond repair. I could make out “Stanley” and “27”, but you had to work at it. This is the first one I’ve rebuilt the body on.

The tote has a little dry rot one one side. After soaking it in BLO, it came back enough to keep it. I originally thought I’d need to make a new tote as well.

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#13 posted 04-09-2012 11:42 PM

Nice! Have you tried the epoxy stabilizer for dry rot? Tends to darken the color slightly.

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#14 posted 04-09-2012 11:46 PM

A very nice rebuild Don. I cant wait to see it in a year or so when the red starts to get rich and dark.
Well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#15 posted 04-09-2012 11:47 PM

Slim, I’ve used it on window sill and the like for historical restorations. I never thought of it for a hand plane.

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