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fivecodys

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09-04-2017 05:03 PM

This is a Stanley No 4 (type 19 I think) that I paid way too much for in the heat of battle on ebay.
It is badly pitted and the plastic tote and knob were pretty beat up.

The sole, and cheeks had very deep pitting. I was able to sand some of it out but most of it remains.
The iron and cap also were pitted pretty badly. After a good soaking in Evaporust I scraped, wire brushed and gave it all a good polishing.

After I realized that the tote and knob were probably a plastic material, I had to come up with a plan to refinish them.

I watched a few fellas on YouTube (gotta love it). and I decided to sand and repaint them.

I sanded them as smooth as I could without loosing all the grain pattern. Then I sprayed a coat of black paint and while it was still wet hit it with a coat of lacquer. I did three coats like this then applied 8 coats of lacquer sanding in between. I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

After a couple of runs through the Work Sharp 3000 it’s throwing nice curleys. Lots of lessons learned on this one.

Thanks for looking, And thanks to all who have given me advice along the way. It is greatly appreciated.

-- Chem, Central California


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#1 posted 09-04-2017 05:26 PM

Good job fivecodys!

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#2 posted 09-04-2017 05:55 PM

If your going to keep it for a long time and use it than it’s worth what you paid for it.

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#3 posted 09-04-2017 10:53 PM

It’s mostly not what you paid but rather do you like it and will use it. I have a $400 refurbished camping stove and while I only started using it this years (bought 5 years ago) I really like it and will always appreciate it. Hopefully the same for your nicely refurbished #4.

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#4 posted 09-04-2017 11:03 PM

Plane looks great to me…

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

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#5 posted 09-05-2017 12:48 AM

Well done. I’ve been using my #4 lately.

Say, that workbench wouldn’t be from Norm’s first book, from about 1987 would it? It looks awfully familiar.

-- Tony

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#6 posted 09-05-2017 01:34 AM



Well done. I ve been using my #4 lately.

Say, that workbench wouldn t be from Norm s first book, from about 1987 would it? It looks awfully familiar.

- Tony Ennis

Thank you Tony.
You have a good eye. Yep, it’s Norms. I built it about 20 years ago. I added another vise it to it last spring.

-- Chem, Central California

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fivecodys

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#7 posted 09-05-2017 01:36 AM

Thank you all for the kind comments.
It will be a user for sure.

-- Chem, Central California

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#8 posted 09-05-2017 01:46 AM


You have a good eye. Yep, it s Norms. I built it about 20 years ago. I added another vise it to it last spring.

- fivecodys

I have one just like it, but yours is prettier. I’m about to retire mine, I think. screws-in-endgrain, and all that. #ohnorm

-- Tony

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fivecodys

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#9 posted 09-05-2017 02:06 AM


You have a good eye. Yep, it s Norms. I built it about 20 years ago. I added another vise it to it last spring.

- fivecodys

I have one just like it, but yours is prettier. I m about to retire mine, I think. screws-in-endgrain, and all that. #ohnorm

- Tony Ennis

I built mine then stepped away from woodworking for a while so it sat covered up. I think I just got burned out and needed a break. Just a few years ago I got reinvigorated, mostly due to YouTube, and I put it back into service. It definitely has it’s short comings but it will do for a while.
Take care,

-- Chem, Central California

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#10 posted 09-05-2017 02:12 AM

Looks good!

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#11 posted 09-05-2017 01:17 PM



Lots of lessons learned on this one.
- fivecodys

That’s the important part. Just think of all of the things that you could have spent more money on and gotten less out of.

You did a great job, the shiny knob an tote look great.

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#12 posted 09-05-2017 03:04 PM

Out of curiosity, did you get a #4 because Paul Sellers uses one? That’s exactly why I got mine going. I used a #5 usually.

-- Tony

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#13 posted 09-05-2017 03:28 PM

That will work. :)

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#14 posted 09-05-2017 08:51 PM


Out of curiosity, did you get a #4 because Paul Sellers uses one? That s exactly why I got mine going. I used a #5 usually.

- Tony Ennis

The reason I bought the No 4 was based on some advice from a few of the guys here. When I decided I wanted to try my hand at restoring a hand plane I asked and was given a list of planes to look for. This plane was on the list.

-- Chem, Central California

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#15 posted 09-05-2017 08:53 PM


The reason I bought the No 4 was based on some advice from a few of the guys here.

Great choice. If you want to feel inferior, check out Paul Sellers on Youtube.

-- Tony

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