How to Restore Hand Planes

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Forum topic by Jesse posted 06-15-2015 05:19 PM 860 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2015 05:19 PM

I have had the opportunity recently to get my hands on some old Stanley and Shelton hand planes. All of my hand planes to this point have been bought new so I was wondering if anyone could point to some articles or tips or anything else that will help me restore these planes to their original glory.


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#1 posted 06-15-2015 07:09 PM

If you want a show piece, just go hard ar the oxidation and polish it up. If you want a worker you need to
1. Flatten the sole/make the shoulders 90 degrees to the sole
2. Square and sharpen the iron
3. True up the chipbreaker’s edge so it makes perfect contact with the iron
4. Adjust the frog to get the right opening in the mouth for the job you want it to do
5. Tighten the tote handle
6. Wax the sole

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#2 posted 06-15-2015 09:04 PM

Bunches of vids on Utube abt. plane resto.


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#3 posted 06-15-2015 09:14 PM

By fellow LJ DonW

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#4 posted 06-15-2015 10:59 PM

DonW’s other articles on his site are good too and so are his blogs here on LJs.

Other people have written about plane restoration but his are thorough and extensive.

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