Bedrock 603 re-animation #1: Unearthing

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Blog entry by thetree posted 05-04-2012 04:38 PM 6866 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The other day on craigslist I found an ad for “2 old planes”. The pictures we bad but one of them looked like a smaller bedrock so I contacted the guy and he told me that the one was a bedrock which he had never heard of. “too bad it’s not a Stanley, those are valuable” he informed me. The other was a craftsman. He wanted 15 for both, so I picked them up. The craftsman is a number 6, and I am not sure what I will do with it. The bedrock looked promising at first, but now I see that it needs a lot of work. This blog series will be my first attempt at documenting a complete rebuild and repair of the Bedrock 603. Why bother you might be asking? I would like to take something of very little value and turn it into something very usable and at least raise the value a little. Here are some “before” pictures:





As you can see, The tote is broken and there has been a really terrible repair job to the cracked body. You can see that whoever repaired the body decided that they had to remove material from the crack for some reason and fill it with brass braze. In doing this, they put a big dog leg in the nose of the plane and made the mouth taper about .030 from left to right. There is also a chip removed from the vertical rib on the front of the plane near the knob (which is also badly cracked).

Here are my main steps for the plane:

1. Repair the plane body in as clean a way as possible.
2. Refinish the metal pieces, either black enamel them or have them jappaned,
3. Remake the totes out of some kind of figured stock or rosewood, I haven’t decided.

I am open to suggestions at all steps.I hope you enjoy watching me do this.


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#1 posted 05-04-2012 04:45 PM

It’s unfortunate about the cracked sole, but WOW you got a great deal on the planes. The Craftsman you can sell on ebay or tune up to be a user—it should work just fine, but if you already have a #6 no sense in holding on to it. Good luck on the restoration.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 05-04-2012 05:13 PM

If the tote/knob are still there, I’d try to restore them before replacing them.

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Don W

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#3 posted 05-04-2012 05:39 PM

I try to keep as much original as possible. I just restored a 604 broke the same way.

It should turn out to be a great user.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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