|Forum topic by NateX||posted 01-13-2012 09:05 PM||1733 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
01-13-2012 09:05 PM
I was able to get my hands on some really cool old planes this year. I received a #7C Bailey from my father in law for Christmas, won a Millers Falls #75-01-B off ebay, and picked up a beautiful #6 Bailey fore plane at a local flea market for $30!
I love the patina on the metal of these old planes but I want to use them. They are solid tools that deserve to be put back in service. There is almost no rust, just oil and time darkened metal. There is a beautiful swirl pattern on the sole of the block plane that I would hate to erase with sand paper.
On the other hand, the #6 is amazing. It has the original rosewood handles and a cool aftermarket blade. It has the same 1902 patents plus the 1910 patent which dates it from 1910 to 1924. I can’t believe I own something so cool. What kind of soulless monster would sand off 100 years of personality, history, and soul?
The frog and innards of both planes are in fine condition. Both of the bench planes look like they spent a fair number of years working. I am really excited to get them tuned and ready to use.
Now, how would you go about getting these old tools ready to use? Anyone ever tried to get old tools like these functioning without using 220 grit?? They work well, but I know what a really aggressive restoration can do. What do you think? What would you do if these were sitting on YOUR workbench?