refurbishing old tools #18: Refurbishing an eBay $10 traditional smoother

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Blog entry by Dave posted 06-17-2012 10:49 PM 3684 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a 9” coffin smoother purchased from eBay. It is a Cassy Clark and Co. from Auburn NY with a Clover Leaf iron.
Cassy Clark and CO.
The firm is known to exist from 1864 to 1893. George Casey reorganized the firm of Casey, Clark and Company as a joint stock company in 1864, under the firm name of Auburn Tool Company, capitalized at $700, 000. The 1865 New York State Census noted the firm as a manufacturer of plane, plane irons, and skates.
During 1864-65 and from 1874-77 the company used prison labor at the Auburn Prison The 1865 NY census reported that 50 men were employed, producing 35,000 planes worth $35,000, 25,000 dozen plane irons worth $12,000 and 30,000 pairs of ice skates worth $45,000 utilizing steam power.

Clover Leaf Irons
Reynolds & Co., manufacturers of steel cultivator teeth and workers in all kinds of sheet metal, are located on Washington Street near Barber’s mills. The business was established in 1861, on Mechanic Street, near the Auburn City Mills, by Asa R. Reynolds and his sons Samuel P., Mark and Napoleon.

There is a bit of history on the plane and iron manufacture.
I intended to make this a user. The body was cracked bad. The plane needed a lot of care. The iron had been chipped and put on a grinder in a poor fashion.
I broke the plane down and assessed my approach to the repair and rebuilding of it.
I used super glue gel to repair the body. Electrolysis to derust the irons and a worksharp 300, tormek combination to true up the iron and chip breaker.
I still need to finish the iron and square the bottom. After I test it I will assess if I need to replace the bottom. Part 2 is on its way.
Thank you for your time.
Check out my new blog an eBay $10 traditional smoother
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-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#1 posted 06-17-2012 10:58 PM

Very GOOD!

Nice buy!

Going to be fun to see how it looks when you’re done…

Thank you.

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#2 posted 06-17-2012 10:59 PM

Thanks Joe. As always.

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

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#3 posted 06-17-2012 11:03 PM

Great video!

I am interested to see how the super glue holds up. I have a similar coffin smoother with a split on the side I need to restore.

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#4 posted 06-17-2012 11:06 PM

Cool video Dave – even got to use the new anvil…....sweet.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 06-17-2012 11:18 PM

Stumps and Jeff thanks guys.
Stumpy the stress of the wedge is where it split. We will see.

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

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#6 posted 06-18-2012 01:06 AM

Dave, you ROCK! Well… at least your video does. I’m working on an old stanley plow plane but I wouldn’t call it restoring, more like just gitten the darn thing workin again. You did that coffin plane justice. I’d like to know more about your proprietary rust busting method, and how you kept from getting electrocuted and/or acid burned. Thanks for sharing :)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#7 posted 06-18-2012 01:51 AM

Ted WOW, thanks man. I am interested in seeing the Stanley.
Now the rust busting method is electrolysis. It uses DC and baking soda.
I got a blog on that one.
refurbishing old tools #13: Electrolysis is my method of choice for rust removal, what is yours?
You can stick your finger in it. Its no worse than a 9 volt on your tongue and its baking soda. You could drink it.
Thanks Ted.

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

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#8 posted 06-18-2012 02:11 AM

Another one saved by Dr. Dave…..

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#9 posted 06-18-2012 02:28 AM

:0 thanks birthday boy.
Not saved yet still in intensive care. The shavings are yet to come.
Thanks Marty!

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#10 posted 06-18-2012 03:14 AM

I wondered what solution was used for electrolysis, now I know. I still need to find out the voltage & current. I’m going to go read that blog right now to learn more.
BTW: I liked the video. I have the same HF clamps, guess I made a wise purchase, seeing as how “The Master” also uses them!!! Good seeing you put the “new” anvil to use. Looking forward to Part 2!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 06-18-2012 03:43 AM

Those clamps are unbeatable for the money.
Thanks for the complements Mr. President.

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

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#12 posted 06-18-2012 08:13 AM

Excellent work Dave. I really admire your enthusiasm for these fine old wooden planes and the effort you make to restore them and also to actually use them. An interesting piece of history and the tools that built America.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 06-18-2012 11:07 AM

Thanks Mike. At least if I restore them, they might hang around another 100 years.

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

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#14 posted 06-18-2012 11:43 AM

I’ve never used super glue such as this, where you’re putting it in a closed crack.
However, if you ever have a crack you can open, it worked great if you use it the way I have. Apply the glue to both pieces. Be sure to spread it thin so the piece will still go together well and allow that glue to dry without assembling. Now put a layer of glue on top of that and assemble. Clamp and it will dry and hold forever.
This sounds crazy, but the first layer somehow seals up the pores and the second layer bonds. The reasoning for this, as I was told, is that super glue bonds to itself better than it does pourous surfaces. So the first layer simply runns down into the pores and hardens. The second layer is the holding layer.

Nice job Dave.


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#15 posted 06-18-2012 12:16 PM

Very good Dave. You are a gr8 historian, and a heck-of-a restorer! Comin along nicely. Like your tube setup also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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