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Forum topic by Stormbind posted 04-22-2016 03:05 AM 545 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2016 03:05 AM

I have some old hand plans that I would like to restore. Do any of you have any suggestions?

Or can you tell me anything about them?

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#1 posted 04-22-2016 10:53 AM

Look for makers marks and post them and we may be able to help with information. There are lots of blogs for plane Restorations. I have several on my web site as well.

Post some more and better pictures as well.

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#2 posted 04-23-2016 01:35 AM

Paul Sellers recently released an outstanding video on cleaning and tuning old planes, look on YouTube.


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#3 posted 04-23-2016 07:08 PM

I think Montgomery Ward planes were made by Stanley.

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#4 posted 04-23-2016 07:52 PM

Of course, there is that standing offer I have:

Provide postage both ways to my shop. I will rehab all planes sent to my shop, and return on your return postage label, re-using the box they came in. No other money will be involve. Planes will arrive back at your address, ready to go, out of the box. Be sure to ship them like they were eggs…..LOTS of bubble wrap.

PM for address.

That is,if you do not want to bother with the mess. DonW has a few good blogs, I think I have one or two.

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#5 posted 04-23-2016 08:40 PM

Wards Master was usually the same as a Stanley the same size. There are two shoulder planes, there is a “Round” that will cut a cove, and a wood bodied smoother.

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#6 posted 04-24-2016 12:01 AM

The wooden ones I would just wipe/brush the dust off. The next step would be to clean them with a little Murphy’s Oil soap. Pretty gentle and will take very little off. Some people say you shouldn’t use anything like Murphy’s that is water based, so another option is some paste wax, the solvents in it will help remove some crud, and the wax will help you wipe it off.

Bandit, that last one looks like it might be rounded all the way, not just a little part of a circle like a round plane. It’s not a nosing plane, that’s the other way, but I can’t remember the name for it. I see them fairly often.

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#7 posted 04-24-2016 03:52 AM

Top to bottom:

Iron sole, almost like an infill
Skewed iron shoulder/rebate plane
Called a Round, as in Hollows and Rounds. LARGE one, too
Coffin Smoother

These four planes? Tune up the irons and sharpen them up. Scrape the old finish and grime off the wood, maybe use some Murphy’s Oil Soap and a Scotch Pad. If you do use the oil soap, leave the old finish on, that way you are just cleaning the grime off. Oh, and wax the soles before use. Just rub a candle around on the sole.

Wire wheel to clean the iron plane, I doubt IF you need to flatten the sole on it. Just lap it enough on some 100 grit sandpaper to remove the rust from the sole. Sides? I alos sand or wire wheel them clean. I use an oily paint brush to clean off the japanning areas. Just scrub around with the oily brush, then wipe clean. Tune the cutter parts, wax the sole, and make shavings..

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