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Forum topic by laxbograt posted 11-16-2011 04:12 PM 2454 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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laxbograt

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11-16-2011 04:12 PM

Well this is my first Plane Restore so far so good.

Before

I disassembled everything and cleaned with wd40 and a three different scotch pads. Just a little time and effort.

After

Only thing I want to do now is restore the gloss on the wood and the black on the iron.

Didn’t know if i should post this in the forum or a blog.

Thanks for looking and any input would be great.

Carlos
Rookie Woodworker


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 04:16 PM

Looks nice Carlos, I am always confused where to post the restorations. Maybe they need their own area, because I like to see them. Well done.

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paratrooper34

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 04:57 PM

Hey, very nice. That plane is in great shape and you did a heckuva job making it look nice again. Great Job!

-- Mike

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 05:17 PM

I’ve restored a number of old planes. If the knob and tote are in reasonably good shape, as yours appear to be, I have found the best way to shine them up is buffing with cloth wheels.

I have a Beall three-wheel buffing system for my lathe which I use all the time and highly recommend, but you can buy single wheels for a bench grinder or drill press as well.

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

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laxbograt

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#4 posted 11-16-2011 05:31 PM

I have read a bunch of info on restoring the knob and tote and i figured buffing would be the way to go. I have heard you can sand them down and refinish them but that seems a bit extreme, also i would like to keep the original japanning if i can.

Is there anything i can do to bring back the luster on the actual painted plane base? i saw someone sand the old paint off and spray it with primer and gloss. Did not know what the general stance on that is.

Carlos

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laxbograt

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#5 posted 11-16-2011 05:35 PM

Next plane to restore

Not sure of the brand, says Fulton Warranty on the front of the blade and has a B on the back. Also has the numbers 306, 307, and 316 on various spots. on the plane. I believe it may be a Sargent. I got both planes for $25 off craigslist so the owner didn’t give a lot of info.

Carlos

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ShaneA

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#6 posted 11-16-2011 05:39 PM

Fulton is a plane mfg company, but I cannot identify their block planes by sight.

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Bill White

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#7 posted 11-16-2011 05:47 PM

I’ve cleaned, fettled, and buffed my old planes. I don’t repaint ‘cause I use ‘em. Seems to keep the “old” feel.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 11-16-2011 06:21 PM

You’ll find a lot of different theories out there on painting.

Some collectors will tell you not to mess with it at all. Some try to recreate the actual japanning process. Personally, I just scrape off the loose japanning with a wire brush, and put a few coats of good-quality black spray enamel on them.

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

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Don W

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#9 posted 11-16-2011 06:30 PM

If you want to remove and repaint, here is how I do it.

oh, and nice job on that #5.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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ShaneA

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#10 posted 11-16-2011 06:36 PM

I like to paint them as Charlie described. I like to see them looking as good as they can. I use the hammered paint.

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knotscott

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#11 posted 11-16-2011 07:07 PM

Nice job on the rescue….looks great! It went from looking rusty and beat to a good looking usable tool.

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

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drfunk

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#12 posted 11-17-2011 01:17 AM

I’m with Bill, these are relics and I like them to look that way. I fix ‘em, clean ‘em, tune ‘em, oil ‘em, and put ‘em into circulation. I’m kind of sentimental about signs of past owners from long ago.

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laxbograt

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#13 posted 11-17-2011 03:56 AM

I think for now the Bailey is done maybe if I get all my projects caught up, like that ever happens, I might repaint the plane but for now I am just happy to have restored it to most of it’s former beauty.

That little bench plane is going to take a little bit of tlc.

Carlos

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Dave

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#14 posted 11-18-2011 01:34 AM

laxbograt I have the exact block pane. I picked it up for $10.00 at a flea market. Mine was in a little bit more of a rusted state. It cleaned up nice. After tuning it makes easy work of end grain. Nice refurb by the way.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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laxbograt

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#15 posted 11-18-2011 04:35 PM

Well Plane Two is done:

The Japanning on the frog was almost completely gone I may repaint this one since it is 99% gone, I don’t know, it doesn’t effect performance so I probably wont.

Now I have refinished all my rusty planes. Someone send me something to do, lol.


Carlos
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