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Forum topic by fivecodys posted 08-13-2017 02:25 AM 1677 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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fivecodys

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08-13-2017 02:25 AM

Hi Guys, I got a little excited and payed way too much for a little No 4 on e-bay recently. (dummy)
It looks like a type 21. There is a lot of pitting and the tote & knob seem to be plastic.

I payed way too much to just shelve it so I’m going to take a whack at making it he best it can be.

I need advice on how to restore the tote & handle. They are pretty beat up. No cracks but lots of battle scars.
What methods should I use? Do I simply sand and then use spray lacquer? I’m stuck.

Thank you in advance for your comments.

-- Chem, Central California


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#1 posted 08-13-2017 02:43 AM

I’ve restored a few plastic pieces including an old Disston saw handle that was 50s or 60s vintage. It had oxidized to an olive green color. When I took it apart I saw it was supposed to be purple.

This is what worked for me.
Wet sand until you’re sick of sanding, go to the next finer grit, then wet sand some more. Repeat until you’re down in the 12 or 1500 grit range then use buffing compound and wax.
After the major scratches and dings are out (or in my case the major oxidation) the finer grits go fairly fast.
I tried buffing on a wheel and only managed to melt the plastic saw handle (more sanding to get rid of the damage). Count on some quality time in a lawn chair with some sandpaper and a bucket of water handy.

You might be able to chuck the knob up in a lathe or drill press to speed the process up a bit.

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#2 posted 08-13-2017 02:55 AM

Abranet and micromesh

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fivecodys

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#3 posted 08-13-2017 11:22 PM



I ve restored a few plastic pieces including an old Disston saw handle that was 50s or 60s vintage. It had oxidized to an olive green color. When I took it apart I saw it was supposed to be purple.

This is what worked for me.
Wet sand until you re sick of sanding, go to the next finer grit, then wet sand some more. Repeat until you re down in the 12 or 1500 grit range then use buffing compound and wax.
After the major scratches and dings are out (or in my case the major oxidation) the finer grits go fairly fast.
I tried buffing on a wheel and only managed to melt the plastic saw handle (more sanding to get rid of the damage). Count on some quality time in a lawn chair with some sandpaper and a bucket of water handy.

You might be able to chuck the knob up in a lathe or drill press to speed the process up a bit.

- rodneywt1180b

Yep, Tried the buffing wheel. Just made it worse. Sanding it is. Thanks for the advice.

-- Chem, Central California

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 08-14-2017 04:19 AM

In my world, Type 21 planes have wooden handles. :-)

http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/45553

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#5 posted 08-14-2017 05:59 PM


In my world, Type 21 planes have wooden handles. :-)

http://lumberjocks.com/Smitty_Cabinetshop/blog/45553

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

In my world I’m still learning how to identify them. :)
Here’s a few pictures of it. Maybe that will help.

Maybe a Type 19? I used this website (https://woodandshop.com/identify-stanley-hand-plane-age-type-study/)

Either way. The tote and handle on this one is plastic. I was bummed when I opened the box.
That’s what I get for not being patient I guess.

-- Chem, Central California

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#6 posted 08-15-2017 12:23 AM

Replace them with wood ones

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#7 posted 08-15-2017 01:10 AM

Meh..

Plastic handles and all…Made in England…a #4c size.

A little 3in1 oil in a steel wool pad ( 0000 grade) to polish the handles. Been my “Go-to” while working on that Curly Maple project..

Making raised panels…

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