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CaptRandy

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840 days ago

Found a #49 Plane at a yard sale for $2. Very dirty but not rusty How should I go about cleaning and restoring it properly?


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Don W

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#1 posted 840 days ago

wow, what a great deal. It doesn’t even look to rustry. I’d try a wire brush and steel wool with some warm soap and water, then dry it and oil it, sharpen it and lets see some shavings.

Edit, You could also lightly sand the front knob and give it a coat of BLO or shellac.

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

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#2 posted 840 days ago

Thanks for the reply, I was not sure how extensive I should be with cleaning. Will try with hand wire brush and the steel wool. Does not look like the blade was ever out of the plane to be sharpened in the first place. Or for that matte ever used.

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#3 posted 840 days ago

I’ve been looking for a #48 and/or #49 for a while. They typically run between $75-$100 for a #48. The #49 is a little harder to find. That’s a great find for $2.

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

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#4 posted 840 days ago

Wow, unbelievable! I second the warm sudsy water w/ steel wool to brighten it up. Pull the knob first, of course. If it’s too much to handle, send it to me. ;-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#5 posted 840 days ago

Uh, use a brass brush. Then, a little paste wax to buff it up.
I often use flax soap which is non-detergent. Won’t goof up any finish. Just be sure to dry well afterwards.
Great find.
Bill

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#6 posted 840 days ago

highway robbery i tell ya! way to be capt.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 840 days ago

Bill – Why is brass preferable to steel?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#8 posted 840 days ago

Brass just removes dirt, steel will scratch metal. Since the metal in the plane is harder than the brass wire, the brass brush won’t scratch the plane’s surfaces.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#9 posted 840 days ago

I was thinking bronze wool instead of steel wool to clean it, would that be better?

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#10 posted 840 days ago

Learned something on LJs today, sounds good – thanks to you, Bandit! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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sikrap

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#11 posted 840 days ago

I’m not familiar with bronze wool, but I’d use either a brass brush/wheel od a maroon Scotchbrite pad so as not to scratch the metal. If you’re going to use a brass brush/wheel, check it with a magnet to make sure its brass and not brass coated steel. Good Luck and NICE FIND!!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#12 posted 840 days ago

Randy
You have a good find. I have the 48 and 49 and love to use them both. Good price also.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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CaptRandy

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#13 posted 840 days ago

I use bronze wool on the boat because it will not scratch or leave a rusting residue around the aluminum hardtop.

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#14 posted 840 days ago

Smitty, I was not suggesting a powered brass brush for sure. Just a plain old brass bristle brush from anywhere. It won’t be too aggressive. Might even want to use your toothbrush. It’ll be fun to use the next day on the toofies. BLEAGH!!!!
Be sure to show us the finished plane.
Oh,YOU SUCK for such a great haul.

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#15 posted 840 days ago

I also got a Stanley 78 for $2 and an unknown

wood one for $2

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