Stanley Defiance Smoothing Plane

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Project by Dadoo posted 08-07-2008 05:48 PM 17006 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got this badboy at a garage sale for $5.00. It was in pretty good shape and didn’t require much work to restore it. The handles are Rosewood. There’s no model numbers but the sole measures 9”x2 3/8” which equals the Stanley Model 4. Defiance was created pre-WWII for the common handyman and the name was derived in “defiance” of the English made planes of it’s day.

Pic#1 is the finished product. #2 is sanded and wirebrushed. #3 is as it was purchased.

One thing for certain is, it really works REALLY well! Definately a welcome tool to my little shop.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 08-07-2008 06:01 PM

Looks good, Dadoo! Those handles really sing after the refurb. I’m curious about the little piece of wood(?). Was it a shim for the tote? That lateral adjustment lever is definitely different. Is the plane marked “Defiant” on the lever cap?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 08-07-2008 06:13 PM

Nice job. For $5 this was a real diamond in the rough!

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

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#3 posted 08-07-2008 06:33 PM

I have recently started to buy some European wooden hand planes from German Ebay the germans are very friendly and helpful if you ever wan t to try this.Or I will help you with any translation if I can .You can get some good bargains but stanly for metal planes is hard to beat. Don’t you think that doing up some old iron wether it be hand planes or old machinery is great fun? I love to prove others wrong and often bring an old machine back to good health Good luck huys love to read your posts Alistair excuse my typing

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#4 posted 08-07-2008 06:53 PM

Great find and restoration.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 08-07-2008 07:17 PM

very cool. a nice plane for 5 bucks too! old planes are such a great deal. thanks for the post.

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#6 posted 08-07-2008 07:26 PM

I just found an old Dunlap plane at my grandparents house that looks exactly like that one.

Nice job on the restoration

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#7 posted 08-07-2008 07:51 PM

Good restoration – picture 1 is just great.

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#8 posted 08-07-2008 09:38 PM




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#9 posted 08-07-2008 09:43 PM

Thanx guys for the compliments. Restoring old tools is always fun for me, and it saves booku bucks as well. One of my next restorations will be to a 1948 Shopsmith 10E. I want it for the lathe.

That piece of vinyl shim was under the tote…last owners attempts at tightening it up. I just wirebrushed the threads good and tossed that shim out.

Doug, the “Defiance” name only appears on the blade top. Says Defiance…Made in USA. The only other markings are on the toe (behind the knob) and say Made in USA. I’m figureing that maybe this was one of the first ones issued as the rest have model numbers, etc. Or…maybe it’s one of those Frankenstein models…don’t look like it though. I’d appreciate any further info or links you guys might have.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 08-07-2008 10:03 PM

I have that plane as well – bought it in the local flea market for, I think $12.00. Mine appears to be exactly the same, and it does say Defiance on the iron, other than that, it only says “Made in USA” in the casting. I mean it is the same right down to the reddish finish on the tote and knob. I fettled it and cleaned it all up and gave it a good sharpening and WOW!

It is one nice plane! In fact I find that I reach for it before the Bailey #3 or #4 it sits next to on the shelf, it is a real pleasure to use and I bet you will find the same from yours. Happy planing!


-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#11 posted 08-07-2008 10:37 PM

Yeah, the first board I tested it on was a piece of poplar. It cut so smooth and quick it made me think it was balsa wood!

This got me to thinkin’...I’ve got some of that old growth 100y/o maple…I wonder.

Yep! Took a little extra zip but it cuts like butter! Even thru the knot! KEWL!

Now I gotta build one of those special shelves just for planes right?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#12 posted 08-07-2008 11:51 PM

Great job on the restore buddy. Looks beautiful.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#13 posted 08-08-2008 02:40 AM

Very nice restoration, and only $5.00: nice score!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Callum Kendall

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#14 posted 08-09-2008 08:44 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#15 posted 08-10-2008 03:37 AM

This is really exciting to hear your story I recently purchase a Bailey Ap. 1910 #4 C for only 10.00 dollars I spent roughly 3 hour on surface rust and a waterstone sharping and WOW this thing performed like my Lie Neilson #4 . I hate sanding and just love planing what a thrill. Congrat on your find will have to post my find very soon…Blkcherry

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