Hand Plane Restoration #1: No 60 1/2 restoration

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 11-24-2008 11:25 PM 1409 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My father has been wanting a block plane for a while and had been dropping hints. So I went out on e-bay and found one that was in decent shape. After testing it out it and determining it was worth the trouble, I went ahead and refinished it.

Here is what I started with
Block Plane 1
Block Plane 2
Block Plane 3
Block Plane 4

First I lapped the sole and the sides, then I soaked it in Evapo-Rust, then I used a paint stripper to remove the remaining Japanning. I had to use a small piece of 220 grit sand paper to clean up the finger indentations. Once this was done (for some silly reason I didn’t take any progress pictures) I let the parts dry and then proceed to tape what I didn’t want paint on, plugged the screw holes with wax, rubbed the target areas with Mineral Spirits (to help remove any unwanted wax) and on the plane body I used a hi temp glossy black engine enamel and applied multiple thin coats and a medium coat last. The lever cap left me with a bit more of a challenge. As it was originally nickel plated I was first unable to remove the remaining (40%) plating and second I had no time to send it out to be plated (plus I don’t have a clue on how expensive tat would be). So I settled and used a chrome paint. I removed the enamel from the appropriate surfaces, Scary Sharpened the blade, put T-9 Boesheild on the exposed parts and reassembled.
Block Plane 4
Block Plane 5
I think it looks great and my dad is happily taking the thinnest of shaving off of his current project.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 11-24-2008 11:41 PM

Wow. What an awesome gift. It’s a present all wrapped up with love. Way to go sIKE.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 11-24-2008 11:55 PM

Truly a labor of love, sIKE. Good to keep our classic woodworkers (both iron and flesh) working up to snuff.

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

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 11-25-2008 12:27 AM

You did a nice restoration on the plane. It made a great gift for your dad. I am sure he is proud both of the tool and the effort that you put into it.

Good job!!!

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 11-25-2008 12:45 AM

Absolutly beautiful, It looks like a highend new plane.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#5 posted 11-25-2008 01:01 AM

anotehr good plane restoration blog. Thanks!

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#6 posted 11-25-2008 02:26 AM

Just a follow-up on the lever cap. The chrome paint is still adhering to the lever cap but has dulled with use. So mark this off as a solution if you want the look and to still use it. My father could care less…..

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#7 posted 11-25-2008 03:48 AM

One solution for the silver paint wear issue would be to clear coat the cap after applying the silver. The clear will protect the silver and give a clean gloss for added image appeal.

Re-chromong for some glof club restorations run about $20 to $25 per club head, I suspect a similiar price for the lever cap.

Looks great. Thanks for sharing.


-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#8 posted 11-25-2008 06:04 AM

That is a great restoration. That should make Dad happy.

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

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#9 posted 11-25-2008 06:15 AM

Looks really good. I would almost guess you are going for a copy of the new Lee Valley premium LA block!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#10 posted 11-25-2008 04:01 PM

Honestly, I tried to stay true to the Stanley No 60 1/2 over at Blood and Guts it states that this particular model came with a Nickel plated Lever Cap, so guiess the imitation would be on the LV side ;)

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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John Gray

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#11 posted 11-25-2008 05:43 PM

Great job, thanks.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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