refurbishing old tools #12: Stanley 71

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I won a bid on eBay for a Stanley 71 for $19.02 plus shipping. I was very pleased for the chance to own such a fine plane.
Here is the picture that was posted on eBay.

And here is a bit of a break down when I received it.

After break down. Sorry no pictures of the process. I wiped everything down with acetone and a wire brush. I took my roto tool and got the rust out of all the nooks and cracks. The original finish was only 60 percent there. I am wanting a good clean user thus I painted it with metallic metal paint. Usually I leave most of my planes as is and just oil them , not this time. I scraped the knobs and then teak oiled them. I used amber shellac with an airbrush to apply about 5 coats. Then sharpened the cutter and reassembled. The plane is a type 6 from 1909 to 1915.I wanted the paint to completely cover the base all the way to the edges. So the bottom got shot to. I will take some wet or dry 400 and remove it from the sole after a few days of the paint curing. A few pictures.

Sorry for the clipped pictures. I had to use photo bucket.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#1 posted 987 days ago

Holy Crap that thing looks good!! Sweet Job man.

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 987 days ago

Hey Dave – that turned out sweet – I can’t believe it could have looked that good in 1915…......nicely done.


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#3 posted 987 days ago

I dont know how well it works, but it looks amazing. Well done, after it cures and you clean the sole, you will have to let us know how it works. Great rescue.

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#4 posted 987 days ago

Brandon thank you very much.
Ahh Jeff just think in 3 more years it will be an antique. thanks dude
ShaneA I am wondering about the performance to. And we will post some test trials. Thought about just a thin wood bottom.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 987 days ago

Great job!! I’m on the hunt for one of these also.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#6 posted 987 days ago

Thank you gawthrrw, good luck on your hunt. Ebay is not what it used to be.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 987 days ago

I was curious if the two holes in the center of the body are just for what you suggest, using a thin piece of wood on it? This would help keep it looking purdy.


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#8 posted 987 days ago

Wow! That’s a great restoration. I don’t know if you are familiar with the show, but I’d say it is comparable to the work done at “Rick’s Restorations” on “American Restorations” on the History Channel.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 987 days ago

Great job Dave, and a looker again ..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#10 posted 987 days ago

great looking plane. It looks new. My 71 is one of the few I DIDN’T need to restore. I hope it works asa well as it looks, and I’m sure it will.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#11 posted 987 days ago

Beautiful, and beautifully done.

-- 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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#12 posted 987 days ago

William they are for a fence or to mount a wood sole. Thanks.
Lenny that has to be one of the nicest things said to me, thank you.
Thank you very much racerglen
Kind words Don W, thank you
Long time no see reck and thank you….

Now I want a #271 but they are harder to get at a fair price.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#13 posted 986 days ago

nice job Dave :-)


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#14 posted 986 days ago

Hello Dennis, and thank you;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#15 posted 986 days ago

Simply outstanding, I love what you’ve done to that plane!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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