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02-07-2016 05:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley refurbishment restoration transitional

I have no idea what this stain was, on a Stanley #31 I purchased. Seems like drafting ink from a few generations ago. But I just had to have this tool!
And before it goes into my case, it’s getting a good refurbishment.

The forecast calls for Blizzard conditions, so on this lazy Sunday, I took the old girl apart.
Those black stains couldn’t be sanded out, so off to my ancient jointer it went:

This old banged up wooden base comes out dead-nuts square and straight.

One coat of amber shellac, which has the side benefit of highlighting the original end stamp, and…

One or more coats of poly, as required. This hundred-year-old wood sure drinks up the finish!

The iron fixture will get sanded down ‘til smooth, and I’m still looking for that genuine cordovan paint, which I will either brush on or use my Critter, or airbrush. I dislike painting in the house, especially spray painting. The knob will get the same finish, and I will once again fix a missing horn on the tote. Probably the 50th one I’ve had to fix! Then off to the Worksharp.

Follow along and offer your kind comments! Thanks for looking.

ps The ‘before’ photo is the property of the previous owner.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 02-07-2016 05:59 PM

That is a beauty PK, I cant wait to see the finished product. I didn’t realize the original color was cordovan!

-- Putty

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#2 posted 02-07-2016 06:08 PM

hi Putty!
Nooo, these were all finished in that ugly black, almost an epoxy, sorta like powder coat finish, neither of which existed when these were produced. Some people call it asphaltum. Nope, I’m strongly considering the possibility of re-coloring all of my tranny hardware, which is probably silly but hey, a half hour with some black spray paint can put them back where they should be…by future owners… someday.
But I really crave that cordovan color, just something super nostalgic about it to me. As a kid, my neighbor had a ‘40 Ford DeLuxe, a coupe, in that cordovan color, (it was just 20 years old at the time!!) and it’s still one of my favorite colors.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 02-07-2016 06:55 PM


#31 out on the end

It had a “stain” on the toe…...turned out to be a burn.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 02-07-2016 07:08 PM

Itsnsavwd now!

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#5 posted 02-07-2016 07:38 PM

^ I am so confused and no it’s not the beer!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 02-07-2016 08:21 PM

Very nice. Bring ‘em back alive.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#7 posted 02-07-2016 09:20 PM

Bandit: Thumbs up on your cordovan #220, and a great #31 you have! DonW: You’ve been warned about texting and driving at the same time, LOL!! Please try again! Andy and Kevin: Thanks for the kind words!

As much as I like the transitionals, I know that they are not exactly the crowd favorites. My somewhat fatalistic view of them, despite the soft spot in my heart for them, keeps me from plowing a whole lotta money on them as restoration projects. I don’t know if I’ll ever encounter a purist who turns up his nose because of any transgression I’ve committed in the act of restoration. These are users, putting them back into ready-to-go condition, with some simple cosmetic surgery if required, and looking good on display shelves is about as far as I care to take it.
I just feel bad about any junked out tranny or Liberty plane.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 02-07-2016 09:30 PM

Well!!

Let’s try this again!

Its been saved now!

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#9 posted 02-07-2016 10:23 PM

OH!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 02-14-2016 04:27 PM

Pretty much done, just a touch of the iron to a stone, tote re-horned, body re-colored. about ready to go.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 02-14-2016 05:15 PM

I like the green!

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#12 posted 02-14-2016 05:36 PM

Damn fine looking job! Kudos for the beautiful restoration!

-- Mike

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#13 posted 02-14-2016 08:26 PM

Thanks, Don and Mike!

One problem now…I see that our favorite nemesis of handplanes, the “Kunz” corporation is now using this approximate shade of green on their new lines. This is a change from their pukey chartreuse green of a decade or more ago. I’d rather none of my herd be confused with Kunz products, heehee. This 31 was done in ‘Shutter Green’ by Armor Coat paints.

I finally did find some awesome “Classic Burgundy” from the Benjamin Moore Collection, at my favorite old-time hardware store. The elderly clerk in the paint section said this shade has been a staple for many years, and agreed that this paint was as close as I’d ever get to Cordovan…aka Ox-Blood red. For a future project!!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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