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I have a guy who restores hand planes here is some of his work and the prices, I know we all like to do the restoration process ourselves but just in case.

Here is the current price schedule. Note that some of the categories are size/price related. Also included are four attachments as visual aids to some of the options. They are as such noted.

Regards, Steve N.



preformance related

Note…prices subject to change

1. SOLE…grind flat. This means to grind only the bottom of the body. Finish will be pristine and flatness will be no more than .0011” maximum indicator reading for sizes 3, 4, 4.5 ,5, 5.25. Flatness will be no more than .0022” maximum indicator reading for sizes 5.5 and 6. Flatness will be no more than .0030” maximum indicator reading for size 7, 8. size/price—> 3/$22.00 4/$27.00 4.5/$33.00 5/$43.00 5.25/$30.00 5.5/$49.00 6/$63.00 7/$77.00 8/$89.00

2. SIDES…grind square. This means to remove enough metal to make the sides square with the sole and may not be possible to do without severely reducing the thickness of the side. There is no point in doing this option unless you intend to use this plane to shoot miters. See diagram below. size/price—> 3/$25.00 4/$26.00 4.5/$29.00 5/$41.00 5.25/$34.00 5.5/$44.00 6/$53.00 7/$65.00 8/$71.00

3. frog…full restore. ....grind face, re-machine mounting points and match offset of points to points on plane body, re-machine mounting ramps on frog and body (if Bedrock style), clean and rework blade adjusting knob, thread and polish the lobes on ‘Y’ lever. ..... make better than new. size/price—> 3/$25.00 4/$29.00 4.5/$32.00 5/$29.00 5.25/$25.00 5.5/$32.00 6/$34.00 7/$34.00 8/$38.00

Choose none or as many as needed
4a. BLADE..grind sides. This means to machine grind the edges dead square to the faces and parallel to each other. $5.00

4b. BLADE..remove harsh edges and dings. This is a hand operation that rids edge corners of any sharpness left by the original manufacturer or from abusive handling. It allows proper seating on the frog face and makes for a more ‘friendly’ blade in terms of handling. See diagram below. $4.00

4c. BLADE..grind top face (side opposite bevel). This is a precision machine operation used to help restore flatness. This may not necessarily involve 100 % of the surface. $10.00

4d. BLADE..grind bottom face (side with bevel). This is a precision machine operation used to help restore flatness. This may not necessarily involve 100 % of the surface. $10.00

4e. BLADE..grind face adjacent to cutting edge. This is a precision machine operation used to remove material on the top face (side opposite bevel) for about the first inch and tapers off so there is no ridge. This is for getting rid of pitting at the cutting edge. See diagram below. $8.00

4f. BLADE..grind cutting edge. Flat grind primary bevel at 25 degrees, not honed. $8.00

4g. BLADE..hone cutting edge. A basic honed cutting edge is applied in order to test the plane. Must be able to make .002 inch thick chips. $3.00

4H. BLADE to CHIPBREAKER..Optimize. Close up any gap that exists between these two and polish chipbreaker so that chips slide easily. $8.00

cosmetic related

Chose one or none
5a. BODY…clean sides of light rust or tarnish. size/price—> 3/$4.00 4/$4.00 4.5/$5.00 5/$7.00 5.25/$5.00 5.5/$7.00 6/$8.00 7/$10.00 8/$11.00

5b. BODY…clean sides of moderate rust. size/price—> 3/$8.00 4/$8.00 4.5/$9.00 5/$13.00 5.25/$11.00 5.5/$14.00 6/$17.00 7/$21.00 8/$23.00

5c. BODY…clean sides of heavy rust. size/price—> 3/$12.00 4/$13.00 4.5/$14.00 5/$20.00 5.25/$16.00 5.5/$21.00 6/$25.00 7/$31.00 8/$34.00

5d. BODY…grind sides flat. This means to grind the sides flat regardless of whether it is square or not. This results in the minimal removal of metal but will not necessarily be square with the sole. Only done when there is excessive pitting beyond the point of heavy rust. Done mainly for cosmetic reasons. size/price—> 3/$22.00 4/$23.00 4.5/$26.00 5/$36.00 5.25/$30.00 5.5/$39.00 6/$47.00 7/$57.00 8/$62.00

Chose one or none
6a. BODY…clean japanning. Does not guarantee a drastic change, but rids the plane of all but the most stubborn grime. size/price—> 3/$3.00 4/$4.00 4.5/$4.00 5/$6.00 5.25/$4.00 5.5/$7.00 6/$9.00 7/$10.00 8/$12.00

6b. BODY…clean & paint over japanning. size/price—> 3/$11.00 4/$13.00 4.5/$16.00 5/$21.00 5.25/$15.00 5.5/$25.00 6/$31.00 7/$38.00 8/$45.00

6c. BODY…strip japanning and repaint. size/price—> 3/$22.00 4/$27.00 4.5/$33.00 5/$43.00 5.25/$30.00 5.5/$49.00 6/$63.00 7/$77.00 8/$89.00

Chose one or none
7a. Blade & Breaker…Rotary wire clean. $4.00
7b. Blade & Breaker…remove light rust/tarnish. $6.00
7c. Blade & Breaker…remove moderate rust. $10.00
7d. Blade & Breaker…remove heavy rust. $18.00

Chose one or none
8a. Cap…Rotary wire clean. $4.00
8b. Cap…remove light rust or tarnish. $6.00
8c. Cap…remove moderate rust. $10.00
8d. Cap…remove heavy rust. $13.00

Chose one or none
9a. Handles …clean only. $5.00
9b. Handles …clean and recoat. $15.00
9c. Handles …strip and recoat. $40.00


In order to process your planes in a timely manner there needs to be as few “surprises” as possible. These can come in a number of forms and can bring the whole process to a screeching halt. As much as I want to respect your privacy, I need to have more than one way to contact you. I have this one already (email) so that leaves the other one (phone). At some time in the initial correspondence I will be requesting your phone numbers (home, cell, work) and the hours that you would receive calls on them. My first choice will be by email (slowest response but least intrusive). If I come across a problem while I am working on your planes that needs your immediate attention, I will use the phone. If I cannot reach you this way or if the order can still progress (i.e. multiple items in one order, thus not needing an immediate response), I will use email and await your response. A worst case situation is to immediately stop progress.

Two instances as examples are:
1. Finding a crack in the body or frog of your plane that only becomes visible after removing tarnish, paint, or rust. I have no technique or equipment to repair cracked plane bodies or frogs and so this would mean no more progress on this particular plane.
2. Finding damage as a result from shipping to me. Again, cracked bodies or frogs (both are cast iron) simply stop the project. Cracked handles or bent items can be dealt with and simply add time to the project.

Shipping back to you
I have to charge a handling fee that covers additional packing materials, my time to repack your item(s), affix the proper labeling and bring them to my local shipper and wait in line for my turn. I also need to know what your items are worth to you before I start any work on them so that after I increase the value of them, I can set the proper value for shipping insurance. This is necessary for obvious reasons. If you have sent me a plane that has any heirloom or antique value, I need to know that information, too. At the time of shipping back to you there will be these charges all added together for a final amount:
1. Shipping weight and distance fee
2. Insurance
3. Tracking info/Delivery confirmation
4. My handling fee as explained above

You can contact him through either ebay or the email at the top of the page let him know Ike sent ya.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 05:23 PM

Pretty interesting Bigike. Thanks for sharing this. He offers a lot of options.

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