|Forum topic by Brett||posted 05-30-2011 05:31 AM||2507 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
05-30-2011 05:31 AM
I’d like a little advice on whether I should restore a Birmingham Mfg. Co. all-metal jointer plane, made ca. 1885-1890, and if so, how best to go about it.
Here are some pictures of the assembled plane on the floor of an antique mall before I purchased it (these were taken with my cell phone, so they’re not good quality):
There is obviously a piece missing from the side, but the rest of the plane is solid.
Despite their rusty appearance, I was able to disassemble the parts fairly easily (only the screw for the cap iron required a little oomph):
All the parts are shown here:
The text on the plane iron appears to be:
PLANE MFG. CO.
The plane iron thickness is not uniform:
The integral tote and the threads for the depth-adjustment mechanism:
The throat and the integral frog:
The back of the depth-adjustment “cradle”. It appears that a metal tab has broken off the near side, but it has not. The notch on the far tab is used to adjust the depth blade.
So, enough sight seeing. Shall I try to clean up the plane? The condition is actually better than it looks. I have restored three Stanley Bailey planes, and I feel confident that I won’t mess things up. I will probably eventually sell the plane, in whatever condition (to try to make some money to spend on other tools :) ), but I’d like to get the most for it that I can. Any thoughts?
-- More tools, fewer machines.