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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 04-13-2010 12:02 AM 1114 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 04-13-2010 03:36 AM

Clean it up, lap the sole sharpen the blade and start making sawdust…shavings ;-) I wouldn’t worry too much about making it look like new, just get it serviceable and start learning, unless tool restoration is a big aspect of the hobby you want to learn about. Once you’ve a few projects under your belt and you decide that this woodworking stuff is for you then spend the time to make it look pristine, otherwise you’ll have spent a lot of effort on a tool that will just sit in a box collecting rust and dust.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 04-13-2010 03:58 AM

Looks like a stanley #35. These planes work well. Sharpen the blade, adjust the blade depth and plane away !
If you want info on these check out website. . Patrick Leach has info on all of stanley planes.

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

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#3 posted 04-13-2010 06:59 PM

thanks guys :) My plan was just to clean it and make it workable even with my limited knowledge. Looking forward to picking up some glass, sandpaper and spray adhesive to get started on the blade

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#4 posted 04-13-2010 08:38 PM

Grab a roller jig for sharpening too. It will increase your consistency right out of the gate. ... after you get into planes a bit you may later decide whether you want to sharpen by hand only.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 04-14-2010 11:39 AM

Looks like a nice plane. If the sole is flat, then you just need to get the blade sharp and get everything set up correctly.

The cosmetic stuff isn’t essential, but I think you’ll enjoy using it more.

-- John

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#6 posted 04-17-2010 12:56 AM

I’m finishing up using some of the citrus stripper on it and it looks much better! I’ll get some pics once I’ve got the last layer off. I will admit I’m not sure why the wood is still so dark – after two layers of stripper I’d think it would be a bit lighter – but maybe due to it’s age and other unknown variables it’s still dark? Good enough to clean and put a coat of something to protect it on, sharpen and put back together so I can get to work :) Looks like a trip to Woodcraft is in order for a sharpening jig and some of that sandpaper…

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#7 posted 04-17-2010 01:14 AM

Yet ANOTHER one of those stories that I just love.

May this connection with your ancestry bring you good karma, good planing, good woodworking projects, and … just a good ol’ time !

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 04-18-2010 03:37 PM

well everybody – I’ve got it cleaned up and posted some updated pics on Flickr – still trying to get used to using that site – just got adept at putting my pictures in html code :) Hm. Might have to start putting the pics up on my own website. Anyhoo – got the wood as clean as I believe it will get unless I get out a belt sander. the sole is smooth and flat so I thought about not messing with it. I just have to figure out what to protect the wooden pieces with, get the chip breaker and the blade sharpened now that they are paint free and get it all back together correctly!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#9 posted 05-02-2010 10:34 PM

well, it’s cleaned and back together :) I put some boiled linseed oil on the wood parts, and left the rest as is – debating on WD40 for it, but I don’t think they can look much better. It’s been apart for so long I was lucky to stumble onto Keith’s video to help me reassemble it! (Thanks Keith!) Hopefully I’ll get to try it out this week! Thanks for all the pointers everybody!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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