|Forum topic by Brett||posted 03-23-2011 07:52 PM||3487 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
03-23-2011 07:52 PM
I bought a Stanley No. 4 hand plane, type 20, at an antique mall recently (paid $11 for it). The metal and wood parts are all sound. Metal surfaces were covered in a thin, bright-red layer of rust, but the rust came off with Evapo-Rust. All of the original blue paint appears intact.
(1) Is this a good user plane, or are the Type 20s considered inferior to some of the older types?
(2) I noticed that there is no frog adjusting screw on this model. Will it be hard to adjust the frog using only the frog screws?
(3) I have begun the process of fettling the plane, using sandpaper on glass to flatten and brighten the bottom and sides. What can I used to polish other metal parts like the screw heads, the lateral adjustment lever, and the adjusting nut?
(4) The bottom and sides of the plane were gray after I removed the rust. Is the gray color a byproduct of all the rust that was on the plane (for years, evidently)?
(5) The adjusting nut is not brass. Is had been covered in rust, but after the rust was removed, the surface is a now uniform gray color. Is this color also just the result of pitting from the rust, or is the metal actually gray?
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