Rehabbing some Stanley #5's

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01-10-2010 02:51 AM

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Hi all,

I wanted to introduce myself and ask a question at the same time. I am currently living in Jacksonville Florida and am just joined LJ about 4 days ago. I have had trouble getting off of the site because I am consistently looking at great projects. The other day I came across two #5 Stanly planes (type 17 and 19 I believe) for $5 total…and want to turn them into users. I have seen a lot of electrolisis work and some citric acid rehabs. Here is my question…

1. I was planning on using phosphoric acid as my deruster, is there any downside…other than the possible fumes etc…in the shop.

2. After I get the metal in good condition I was thinking of using a cold blue solution (gun bluing) to provide an extra layer of anti-rust.

Any thoughts or comments? Photos of my planes are below.
Stanley #5's

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#1 posted 01-10-2010 03:21 AM

I just got done de-rusting a Stanley #4 with Evap-O-Rust. Great stuff, no fumes and I had my hands in and out of it over the time it took to work with no harmful effects (matter of fact I did it right in the kitchen and got zero complaints from the wife), I would recommend a brass bristle brush to help the process go faster.

As for cold bluing. I am sure there are others more experienced here but I used cold bluing to touch up my blued handguns when I was in law enforcement and was never satisfied with the results. Cold bluing is a type of controlled rusting and if you do not keep it sufficiently oiled it can and will rust again fairly quickly.

Right now between steps of rehabbing my #4 I just use a generous dose of WD-40 wiped on but when the process is complete I will probably find a good tool wax for longer term protection.

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 03:47 AM

I have used the citric acid with good results and have heard the evaporust works good as well as electrolysis. Not sure the cost of evaporust but the citric acid cost just a few dollars and have cleaned four planes with it. And yes you will need a small brass wire brush.

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#3 posted 01-10-2010 04:02 AM

Welcome, and greetings from Gainesville. I have five hand planes dis-assembled and ready for an Evap-o-rust bath. Two of them are #6’s and I have new Hock blades for them.

Christopher Schwartz, the editor of “Popular Woodworking” has a new book, “Hand Plane Essentials”. It will tell you everything you need to know about re-furbing and tuning up handplanes. Schwartz has made a believer out of me. I’m using my hand planes more and more.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 08:32 AM

Info on evapo-rust is here.

Some info on the process from ernie conover…

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#5 posted 01-10-2010 05:05 PM

I have used elecrtrolysis to de-rust several planes and other hand tools. There is another thread going today on electrolysis, or you might want to check out

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#6 posted 01-11-2010 01:42 AM

Well I used got a tupperware tub and an iron pan and tried the electroysis. It turned out better than I thought…4 hours or so in the tub and they were all done. It took me all of 20 minutes to scrub off the black coating and dry it off. They are both ready to be painted! Thanks for the links guys.

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