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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 05-07-2012 06:39 PM 1235 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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05-07-2012 06:39 PM

I went to an antique store that I haven’t been to in a while today.
I saw lots of planes but most seemed to have spent some time under water.
I did see a couple No4’s in decent enough condition to recondition.
One is a stanley and the other is some no name.
Can’t wait to get started working on them.

This is the no name.

This is the Stanley.

I should mention these were $6.00 each.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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#1 posted 05-07-2012 06:46 PM

Looks like some potential in the stanley. Good luck on them.

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 06:48 PM

Yeah Shane, that frog is going to be a fun thing to clean up.
Any guesses on what the other one is?

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 06:53 PM

The frog seems to be a “Worth” style. about like my Worth #5

Seems to work alright in my plane. There MAY be a stamp on the iron, as well.

have fun with both of them.

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 08:54 PM

The Stanley certainly has potential. The one with the stamped frog I wouldn’t bother with. I’ve never had much luck making the work right. I won’t even pick one up anymore.

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 09:12 PM

Some of those type frogs do work, though

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 09:40 PM

Don, I’ve been working on cleaning and burnishing the Stanley. I have it in pretty good shape, just the corners are still impacted with patina. I used my drill press with some wire brush attachments and my grindstone with it’s brush on the left wheel. I sharpened it up and it cuts good. I need some of those sander tubes you can use on a DP for the handle. It looks like rosewood or walnut, very hard to sand.

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#7 posted 05-07-2012 09:53 PM

Please don’t sand the rosewood. Just my idea. When I rehab, I wash the tote and knob with DNA to get off the gunk. Then I buff with green rouge to polish up the wood. Most times the rosewood responds very well to a good clean and buff. Next, I will wax the wood with a good paste wax. You won’t loose the “flea bites” (the marks or small dings left by previous owners), but I kinda see them as a bit of patina or history for the plane. That original rosewood is very precious to the heritage of the plane.
I’ve done a bunch of planes this way for my shop and customers. Never had a complaint with the method.
Again, it is just my thought. It is your plane.
Hey, $6.00 is a steal for the Stanley. Good haul.
Bill

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#8 posted 05-07-2012 10:02 PM

whether you choose to do Bill’s way or not, you won’t want to use power to sand the tote. If its hard varnish or paint (and yes, I’ve had nice rosewood totes that were painted), I scrape it off with a small cabinet scraper before I sand it. I typically sand mine, but like Bill, I never try to get out all the little nicks and scratches. I sand to 500, then wet sand or apply BLO or brush oil with steel wool.

Bills way works well too. I just like getting some of the imperfections out and a good many of mine have been repaired so they have to be sanded.

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#9 posted 05-07-2012 10:09 PM

I’m liking the rosewood look. I don’t really care about the patina, I may keep these or sell them. I don’t think I’ll try to take the finish off of subsequent planes though, it’s just too much work. This one I’ll sand down and use some wax on it.

I don’t know how others do their reconditioning, but I like to remove all the paint and use a gun oil on the metal. I like a nice shiny burnished steel look.

My dad used to have a carosine vat that he’d soak parts in, then he’d use a stiff paint brush to clean parts. A rinse with hot water got the carosine off and it looked new again. I might try that. Not the wood parts.

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 02:02 AM

I cant wait to see what the finished products look like, keep me posted. Thanks

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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