Total Stanley Plane Basket Case

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Blog entry by ratchet posted 02-28-2011 06:10 AM 3191 reads 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Answered a Craigslist Ad for Shop tools. Bought a number of rusty old chisels and this Stanley #5 plane for 10.00. I figured that since the knob and tote were unbroken it was worth it for parts alone. As you can see the rust was extensive. Not sure why I decided to attempt to make it a new user in my plane tribe. I thinking I might camber the blade and use it as a scrub plane soon.





Anyway here the list:
Completely disassebled and lightly sanded. The rest of the rust came off with Electrolysis.
Jappaned where the black once was. That stuff is tough once baked on!
Sanded the wood then used BLO then shellac.
Flattened the sole, sides, frog, and chipbreaker.
Mildly cleaned all the brass.
Sharpened the blade to 8K with waterstones.
Cuts like a dream. I can read through the shavings.

I say good rescue…but too much time.
Comments welcome

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 06:38 AM

You have utterly demolished it’s value as an antique collectible. And I thank you for that. I HATE good old hand tools just sitting there getting “patina”. Far better to make it a good working, contributing member of the hand plane stable than just an expensive antique paperweight…

It does look like a reasonably modern Stanley. Any idea how old it is?

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 07:07 AM

Excellent job. It’s always a pleasure to see another old timer get a new lease on life.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 07:20 AM

I can’t believe it’s the same plane in all pictures!!! Holy cow that was a ton of work and it looks beautiful now. I’ll send you my address and will be watching for a package :)

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 01:58 PM

Nice Rescue. I COMPLETLEY AGREE with dbhost. Clean it up and use it. You had fun cleaning it so don’t count your time. Think of your time as a relaxation .

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 02-28-2011 02:39 PM

That’s very nice looking and you did a good job. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 02-28-2011 03:14 PM

Thank you for the kind comments. I beleive that I will let collecting rest with the “collectors”. There is no collectors value in this model Stanley no. 5. I think its from the 70’s? But, there is great value as a user plane (to me at least).
It was fun but I’m no longer looking for basket case planes (unless I need the parts off a cheap one)...Oh, no there I go again.

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#7 posted 02-28-2011 04:38 PM

I’m no longer looking for basket case planes (unless I need the parts off a cheap one)...Oh, no there I go again.

LOL. Been there, said that.

Nice rescue.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 02-28-2011 04:42 PM

Lovely job! Would that tool rather be in the shop making shavings or on a shelf making patina? I’ve rejapanned collectible Stanleys before & haven’t missed a moment’s sleep yet. If I’m willing to go through all the trouble to refurb one, I usually start with an older model. Which makes me an even worse collector!

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

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#9 posted 02-28-2011 05:02 PM

congrat´with the restoring it look great now :-)
you have two choice´s when it come to tools
either your wallet will hate you or your arms/hands will soffer….LOL
the only way to spare some money is to change it with kowledge and time to restore tools

good luck with the next …....many
once down that road you never get away …LOL

take care

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#10 posted 02-28-2011 06:35 PM

Doesn’t look like the same plane.
That had to be a LOT of work.
Nice job.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#11 posted 03-01-2011 01:09 AM

Great job.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 03-01-2011 01:42 AM

nice I found one #5 at my MIL house now I have to rehab it too I’m not looking forward to it. Maybe the after though.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#13 posted 03-02-2011 12:50 AM

It sure makes me happy to see it come back to life.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 05-18-2011 04:14 PM

WOW !! Fantastic transformation, Dude

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#15 posted 05-18-2011 04:31 PM

Nice work
always glad to see old tools brought back to life
I find that using signal edge razor blades
works well for removing rust on flat areas
my 2 cents

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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