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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 07-31-2011 11:44 PM 1048 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlieM1958

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07-31-2011 11:44 PM

As a newbie to the plane collecting thing, what I’ve found to be a really fun part of it is learning to spot a diamond in the rough. I saw this dog on eBay, and I thought “Hmmmm….. that layer of crud doesn’t look too thick.”

When I got the plane in the mail, it was even better than I expected. For a tool that is at least 70 years old, this thing was really quite pristine. You can even see remnants of the sticker still on the tote.

For those of you who might not know, the S4 was a steel version of the regular #4, intended to be nearly indestrructible. By the looks of this one after minimal work, they did a pretty good job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"


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tdv

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 11:47 PM

Wow Charlie what a nice job it looks brand new
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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therookie

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#2 posted 07-31-2011 11:48 PM

wow charlie way to go I like how nice and shiney it came out

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MedicKen

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 11:51 PM

I am sure who did the better job. Stanley or you? Very nice restoration

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majeagle1

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 11:59 PM

Restoration????? That thing is just plain ” A Diamond in the Rough” brought forth to be “A Diamond fit for a King” ! ( King Charles, that is )

This is beautiful Charlie, well done indeed !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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gbrown4

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#5 posted 08-01-2011 12:01 AM

What did you use to clean it up? Looks great!!

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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LittlePaw

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#6 posted 08-01-2011 12:05 AM

WOW, great job restoring it, Charlie!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 08-01-2011 12:23 AM

Ooo ahhhhh ! dang that looks nice and I don’t even collect planes >yet<

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Bertha

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#8 posted 08-01-2011 12:37 AM

Whoa! That’s the best looking S4 I’ve ever seen. What’d you buff with?

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

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 08-01-2011 12:44 AM

I just sprayed some WD40 on the body and hit it by hand with 120-grit abranet, and that was the majority of it. I did buff it with white buffing compound, but it was so shiny I had to go back and rub it with a little steel wool to keep from blinding myself. :-)

The black finish, which was flatter than the japanning on the cast iron planes, was in pretty good shape, but I did spray a couple coats on it to cover the spots near the cheeks where it was worn off.

The knob and tote were the nicest I’ve ever seen on an old plane. Very few nicks and dents. All I did was buff them.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bertha

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#10 posted 08-01-2011 12:48 AM

Pretty incredible. It looks surface ground and impressively polished. You’ve done a fine thing here.

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

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 08-01-2011 12:56 AM

Thanks, Al….. I really didn’t do much work. I was just blown away by what a pretty tool this still is after all those years.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Eric_S

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#12 posted 08-01-2011 12:56 AM

She’s a beauty Charlie.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#13 posted 08-01-2011 01:22 AM

wow charlie, this is a beautiful tool..ive started to get a few tools and am restoring the wood parts and such, its really enjoyable, and ive started to use the hand saws for more things…it feels good to get my skills in shape, but you did a wonderful job here…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 08-01-2011 01:51 AM

Wow Charlie…that cleaned up beautifully!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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PurpLev

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#15 posted 08-01-2011 02:01 AM

nice buff… now that I see how well you can do this, I’ll set you up with a list of projects ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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