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#5 Jack Plane Rehab

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Project by darkone posted 03-04-2013 07:56 AM 2078 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the #5 Jack Plane that I picked up from eBay. After using my inherited #3 Smoothing Plane for my last cutting board, I knew I wanted a nicer #5 Jack. My father gave me a beautiful Lie Nelson Block Plane, but the LN Bench Planes are quite a leap up in price.

I got this for about $25. From the listing, I saw that the tote and knob were in good shape, the rust looked pretty light and the japanning was about 80%. Got it home, pulled it apart and brushed and blew as much dirt out as possible. Then, I picked up some Evaporust from Harbor Freight and let everything soak in there for about 2 days. The stuff works great! And, it didn’t ruin the plane japanning. Took it to the wire wheel to get everything cleaned up.

Once that was done, I got a 18” square piece of tile and glued some 80 grit sandpaper down to flatten the sole of the plane. You can argue whether that was necessary or not, but, my plane… Got everything flat and progressed up through 400 grit.

Performed the Scary Sharp sharpening method on the iron and it looks pretty good. Not perfect, but it’s getting there.

Performed a few shavings on a piece of scrap pine and can’t wait until I get another chance to use it.

Thanks for looking!





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BigDawg

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 12:15 PM

Very nice job. I love the Evaporust method too.

-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT http://www.bigdogwoodworks.com

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AspiringWoodworker

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 02:41 PM

Inspiring, I have a few to get cleaned up myself that I inherited from my father in-laws workshop. Will have to get some of that Evaporust.

-- Jeff W., Boston, MA area, http://aspiringwoodworker.com

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JayT

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 03:10 PM

Nice job. You ought to post it over here as well.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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blackcherry

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#4 posted 03-04-2013 03:11 PM

Nice rehab, and fyi engine automotive spray paint works wonder on the plane body. This can be purchase any auto parts store. Enjoy using your new hand plane…BC

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rlamb007

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#5 posted 03-04-2013 04:29 PM

Okay…Now you have me looking at Ebay again for planes. The madness has got to stop!
Thanks for sharing.

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Don W

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#6 posted 03-04-2013 04:41 PM

excellent. its great to get these back in service.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Ripthorn

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#7 posted 03-04-2013 04:44 PM

I’m on the fourth of 4 restores as we speak, and all I can say is, it’s fun isn’t it?

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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darkone

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#8 posted 03-04-2013 04:47 PM

I was thinking about redoing the paint and handles but I actually like the looks of both. I plan on this getting some use, so I’m not too worried about the cosmetics.

I can see how this gets real addicting with access to the ‘Bay. I was always wondering why a lot of the YouTube videos, some people have a wall full of these things. I think I will be a little more selective though. Next, I want to look at either another Smoother, a Joiner or Router plane.

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Don W

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#9 posted 03-04-2013 04:57 PM

I’m on the fourth of 4 restores as we speak, and all I can say is, it’s fun isn’t it?

this is what it leads to

I was always wondering why a lot of the YouTube videos, some people have a wall full of these things.

Its a sickness:

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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darkone

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#10 posted 03-04-2013 05:05 PM

That is a beautiful plane Don!

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Drunken Woodworker

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#11 posted 03-04-2013 08:32 PM

Ha! It is a sickness. That photo is crazy!

-- Visit my blog at http://drunkenwoodworker.com

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#12 posted 03-05-2013 06:50 AM

darkone – welcome to the slope.

Don – the infill blog blew me away. I kinda feel like smoking a cigarette or something.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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