|Forum topic by Cory||posted 1170 days ago||1539 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
1170 days ago
I was going through my Great Aunt’s chicken coop the other day, just curious to see what was in there. It had been about 10 years since I was at her property and I was just killing some time. I noticed a wooden box full of old tools so I started rummaging around to see what was there. As I pulled out this old block plane my Aunt said it was her father’s (my great grandfather). She took a bunch of his old tools and just kept them.
As you can see in the first pic, it was in terrible shape. I spent a little bit of time cleaning it just to see what was underneath all that rust. It’s a Sargent 207 block plane. I think this is from about 1900. My question is what to do with it next. Since it was my great grandfather’s, I have no intention of selling it. I’d really just like to clean it up a little more and have it sit on a shelf as a family momento. As you can see in the pictures, the pitting is significant and the paint is all gone. What’s my next move? Thanks in advance for the help.
Before an overnight bath in Evaporust
After a good scrubbing
One more tidbit: The pine board the plane is sitting on is allegedly over 100 years old. My Aunt said that it and a huge pile of poplar all came from the barn where her Dad would store lumber. I’m going to bring home a few of the poplar boards (smallest is about 1 1/2” thick, 14” wide and 12’ long) to see what they’re like under all the dust.
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