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fivecodys

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10-07-2017 07:11 PM

A couple of months ago I bought a Stanley No 4 (type 19) off the internet.
I was in very bad shape with major pitting just about everywhere.
The japanning was almost all gone, the nickle plating was toast too.
I almost just junked it but I decided to see what I could learn from an attempt to restore it.

Here is what she looked like before:

Here is what she looks like now:

She is still badly pitted but I am pleasantly surprised at what I ended up with.
I refinished the tote and handle, stripped and repainted the japanned areas, hand sanded the lever-cap to remove the rust and what was left of the nickle plating, then buffed everything out.
After a good sharpening she was throwing really nice curls.

This is just way too much fun!

Thanks for looking,

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.


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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 10-07-2017 07:34 PM

Honestly that wasn’t in to bad of shape to begin with. You sure made it look great now. Your really going to enjoy it.

IF you haven’t tried evaporust you should. It’s great stuff for removing rust.

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fivecodys

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#2 posted 10-07-2017 07:47 PM



Honestly that wasn t in to bad of shape to begin with. You sure made it look great now. Your really going to enjoy it.

IF you haven t tried evaporust you should. It s great stuff for removing rust.

- BurlyBob


Thank you and Yes I used evaporust. Love it!

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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rtbrmb

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#3 posted 10-07-2017 08:33 PM

Great restoration- I know I always feel a sense of accomplishment when putting an old plane back into use….

Bill in MI

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tyvekboy

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#4 posted 10-08-2017 04:25 AM

Mice Job.

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bondogaposis

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#5 posted 10-08-2017 01:07 PM

It is oddly satisfying bringing an old neglected tool back to life and use. Great job.

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TheFridge

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#6 posted 10-08-2017 03:39 PM

Oh buddy. That one was in good shape. You can bring something back from a LOT worse than that. Nice job.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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fivecodys

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#7 posted 10-08-2017 08:00 PM



Oh buddy. That one was in good shape. You can bring something back from a LOT worse than that. Nice job.

- TheFridge


The pitting was much worse that the camera could capture and there is still plenty of in left too!
But, it doesn’t seem to bother it one bit. :)

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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Don W

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#8 posted 10-08-2017 09:47 PM

Nice job

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Ocelot

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#9 posted 10-09-2017 01:59 PM

That’s the kind I like to buy. I’ve had worse ones. In particular I have a Type 15, No 7 Bailey that has pitting on the cheek and sole and iron.

I don’t have any after pics to post, but it sure didn’t all come out – and has re-rusted since the cleanup.

Over time, I found that I became increasingly bold in buying rusty planes, but that one was a bit over the limit.

Still, your plane looks great!
-Paul

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Just_Iain

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#10 posted 10-09-2017 02:57 PM

I have a Stanley #3 that is part way thru the process and yours is something to aspire to.

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fivecodys

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#11 posted 10-09-2017 04:27 PM



That s the kind I like to buy. I ve had worse ones. In particular I have a Type 15, No 7 Bailey that has pitting on the cheek and sole and iron.

I don t have any after pics to post, but it sure didn t all come out – and has re-rusted since the cleanup.

Over time, I found that I became increasingly bold in buying rusty planes, but that one was a bit over the limit.

Still, your plane looks great!
-Paul

- Ocelot

Thanks Paul for your encouragement! It is appreciated.

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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fivecodys

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#12 posted 10-09-2017 04:38 PM

Thank you all for the kind words.
This was the third plane that I have attempted to restore.
I do not intend on selling these but have plans to put them to work in my shop.
Of the three, this one had the worst “hidden” pitting, meaning that it was not obvious in the photos posted by the seller.
Not that it was misrepresented by the seller, it’s just a risk taken when buying based on photos where you can’t always see everything.
I was able to remove quite a bit of the pitting but the camera still doesn’t show how much remains.
Either way, I really like it and it seems to work very well so a few cosmetic blemishes are OK.
I gotta a few of those myself! :)

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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corelz125

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#13 posted 10-09-2017 11:35 PM

did a good job on that one. only part that the pitting will cause the most damage is the iron. it is sometimes hard to get it straight and sharp if there are holes. the sole isnt much of an issue just the rust seems to come back pretty quickly. keep up the good work

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