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Forum topic by Bertha posted 05-29-2011 03:21 PM 2347 views 1 time favorited 51 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bertha

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05-29-2011 03:21 PM

There are many restorers of woodworking planes here and I respect them all. It is quasi-metalworking and there have been historical huffs (Horizontal comes to mind). I’m curious to learn the fate of this project, so I post it out of curiosity. It’s not a completed project, or is it? It’s partially made of wood and designed to work wood, is it not? Is it so ghastly to be deemed prohibitive?

Anyway, here’s how I received my lowly Stanley #45:

I stripped it, sank it in the electrolysis tank for 3 days, then hit everything with the buffer pad. I resquared the fence on the jointer and gave all the wood a beeswax/turpentine dressing.

I felt like I was “woodworking” during the process.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog


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#1 posted 05-29-2011 03:31 PM

This is a beaut! Nice job with the restore.

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#2 posted 05-29-2011 03:34 PM

Thanks, Bro. I like that. Thanks, Brog, shortened. I appreciate the look, my friend.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 05-29-2011 03:38 PM

and Bertha, for the record I do consider it woodworking. Without investing time and resources into our tools we can not produce fine projects.

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Bertha

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#4 posted 05-29-2011 03:43 PM

Amen, Broglea. Amen, my friend. I don’t know about the complainers, but I USE my planes to perform woodworking tasks:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 05-29-2011 03:53 PM

Oh, wow!! Would you do this to my 45, pls? Nice work!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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wb8nbs

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#6 posted 05-29-2011 03:55 PM

Did you remove the wooden part of the tote? I need to know how to do that to clean up my 45.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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Bertha

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#7 posted 05-29-2011 04:06 PM

I did, wb. I used a punch to drive out the pins and replaced them (mine bent). I think the wood could withstand the electrolysis, though. Smitty, you’re on your own, but you’re in good hand:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bertha

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#8 posted 05-29-2011 04:10 PM

That #50 above is all metal, not a speck of wood. No takers in the battle yet? Horizontal Mike, my thread’s still here; where is yours?

More metal bench planes

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 05-29-2011 04:18 PM

I would like a catagory for tool making and restoration… There is enough interest on the site.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Sodabowski

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#10 posted 05-29-2011 04:23 PM

Holy wow, you gave it a second youth!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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WayneC

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#11 posted 05-29-2011 04:29 PM

Thomas, I think that is kind of the point. A lot of work can go into restoring a tool, be it power or hand, and the people doing the work would love to show it off as an accomplishment in the same way they are able to show off a pure wood working creation. I also think that an exception should be made for turners who make projects out of other materials such as antler, countertop material, or acrylic if they are using the same tools and techniques they would use to work wood.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 05-29-2011 04:40 PM

very nice restore on the 45 , like a new born ready for the next 100 years :-)
how low voltage did you use do to the long time in the electrolysis 0.25 V or ?

thankĀ“s for sharing Bertha

Dennis

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#13 posted 05-29-2011 05:12 PM

great work, I’m doing a couple record planes myself I hope they look this good when done.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Bertha

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#14 posted 05-29-2011 06:36 PM

I’m inclined to agree with Wayne. I look forward to Dan’s next creation and I hate that I don’t get to view Horizontal Mike’s. I find it to be the pinnacle of woodworking, in my little opinion.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 05-29-2011 07:05 PM

By the way, beautiful job on the plane.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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