I’ve started working my way through a book called Getting Started inWoodworking from Taunton Press. I do better at learning techniques and focusing when I can follow directions since I’m a newbie at this kind of thing. I’d like to learn to do it right the first time. I asked my dad if he had a block plane I could borrow since the first project in the book calls for one to teach a few techniques. He disappeared, reappearing and dropping a wooden block plane into my hands. “You can’t mess this up.”
The story goes that this plane was once my great grandfathers. Since my grandfather passed away over two decades ago, it wasn’t clear if this plane was used to make a living or if he was just a hobby woodworker as well… I wouldn’t think so being mid to late 1800’s but who knows? There’s a Stanley/Bailey stamp on the front of the sole/block but it’s really hard to make out unless it’s held at just the right angle.
Anyway, from first glance I thought I might be able to clean it up enough to get it serviceable. The sole seems to be flat and in good condition. Various parts have paint on them either on purpose or not. The blade and chip breaker seem to need sharpening. From what research I’ve done this plane just appears to be a good, solid, workable plane and not worth anything to anyone but me :) Good news is I’m not out any money if I screw it up. I’ve been lurking and reading some of the other plane restoration blogs(Ryno,Wayne,et all – Thank you!) and fumbling – er – following along.
The only move I’ve made so far is to clean it up with a bit of Kaboom and some fine finishing steel wool. I’ve been thinking that the blades are next, thinking on what to do about the finish on the metal and debating on doing anything to the sole since it’s already square…I thought about stripping it and refinishing it since it appears to have paint and such on the top as well, but I’m open for comments/suggestions/etc. Here’s hoping the picture link to flickr works! Plane Images
-- aspiring jill of all trades