|Forum topic by NateX||posted 11-04-2011 09:07 AM||1386 views||1 time favorited||14 replies|
11-04-2011 09:07 AM
I recently found my Great-Grandfather’s Dunlap #4 bench plane in my Grandmother’s garage. It was in fairly rough shape and probably has not touched a piece of wood since the 80’s. I know that Dunlaps were not a premier brand at any time, but I really want to get this little piece of my family’s history working like new (or better) again. All the planes I currently use are old hand me downs and orphans. Once this plane is restored I hope to add it to the rotation.
All the parts are accounted for and in serviceable condition. Some are a little rusty but I don’t really see a lot of pitting. The paint even looks pretty good.
What worries me is the sole of the plane. The rust here looks fairly severe.
I have done some google “research” and turned up a few methods to tune up an old plane, the one that really sounds interesting is electrolysis, however this risks and uncertainty of the procedure sort of worry me. I was also looking at simply a Scotch Brite pad and some mineral spirits. Either way I imagine an after noon with high grit sandpaper glued to glass in my future. Any input on what kind of results I could expect and what this particular problem is suited to would be appreciated.
The iron looks pretty shabby and i think will simply need to be replaced it this thing is gonna give me some good shavings. The chip breaker is in pretty terrible shape, can I buy another one that will fit or does this call for elbow grease? I was looking at the Hock tools website but am a bit confused.
The lever cap is a bit dusty but it pretty good shape.
The knob and frog assembly appear to be fine as well.
The knob and tote are in pretty rough shape. I read one recommendation to soak them BLO, sounds kind of silly… Maybe make new ones out of cocbolo or some other cool wood?
Thats pretty much the story. I want to get this old tool back in service. It would make my grandmother’s day to see her fathers tool looking like new. Any input would be appreciated, thanks in advance for the help!
If anyone wants to see how this goes I could make a little blog about it!