|Forum topic by David Grimes||posted 879 days ago||2091 views||3 times favorited||42 replies|
879 days ago
Here’s my “crusty Stanley #4” that is in the worst shape of all my recently acquired planes. Like the thread regarding jumping in the deep end or the shallow end on projects, I chose the deep end, since this is my first plane restore and I’m going with the worst first.
I removed the knob and tote, then moved on to the metal parts. The lateral will not move even after dis-assembly. I poured the entire gallon in my covered 15 quart plastic bin and then (of course) placed all the metal parts into it. The gallon barely covers the frame height. I’m glad I didn’t grab the 18 quart size.
While the parts are in the drink, I started hand sanding the knob and tote. The knob and tote are solid, but most of the finish is gone and the surface of the wood was very dry and porous… kind of brittle on the surface like a crust of dry rot. I’ll get to repair a broken tote soon enough, though.
I started with 80 grit paper to quickly get the remaining finish off, then went to 120 for a bit all over, then on to 220 where I spent awhile getting it really smooth all around.
I’m not decided on what I will finish them with but I have most of the possibilities on the shelf already (BLO, Watco Danish oil, Varathane, Urethane (thick and wipe, oil and water-based), Deft Spray Lacquer, etc.). Suggestions always considered. What do you suggest ?
-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia