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Forum topic by Wickate posted 06-19-2012 04:46 PM 1544 views 1 time favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2012 04:46 PM

Greetings fellow Jocks. I’ve been lurking on the site for quite a while now and after a short delay in getting into woodworking I’m now able to begin stepping closer to actually creating something. That said, I recenlty had a chance to purchase a few planes and from what I was able to learn from the forums here, I tried to do a good job, but I wanted to see if anybody here could provide me feedback on my purchases.

I have many pictures, but I will provide just a few overview shots here of the planes and a link to the album so I don’t flood this thread with pictures. There are four planes and a mini plane in the pictures – and I think all of them need work (some are painted black all around and even the blades look painted silver on one), some might be hopeless, I don’t really know. I was able to get them for about half of what you’ll see on the price tags the gentleman had written on them, FYI. They are all flat with no rocking when sat upon a known flat surface, that much I do know. Otherwise, I’m a complete novice regarding hand planes.

Full album link on Google Picasa:

Your input is greatly appreciated,


Stanley #5

Stanley #6

Dunlap (I don’t know the #)

Stanley (I don’t know the #)

Stanley Mini

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#1 posted 06-19-2012 04:58 PM

Looks like a good start. Dont see anything that shouldnt be able to be cleaned and tuned up. Read up on sharpening and dive into some shavings.

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#2 posted 06-19-2012 04:59 PM


Those are all trash !!!

If you want a good quality Plane you must go buy some New Ones.

Send them to Me & I will dispose of them for you!!!!

Just Kidding – Nice Haul with a little work you will have some Nice Users.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 06-19-2012 05:00 PM

@ShaneA – appreciate the advice, I’m already delving into reading and getting ready to sharpen.

LOL @ DaddyZ – appreciate the humor and your input


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Bill White

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 05:01 PM

Take ‘em apart, get the paint off so you can see what you have, sharpen and reset the blades to see how they work. You’ve got some work to do on the soles, but so what?
Lots of info on plane rehab. Some more than you want to know. Take your time on the rehab, and you’ll have some pretty decent planes.
Sure make ya wonder why folks let tools get that rusted doesn’t it?


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#5 posted 06-19-2012 08:37 PM

Assuming the soles aren’t too far out of true, it looks like you’re off to a good start.:)) Now you need to learn how to sharpen the irons and tune those bad boys up. There are plenty of us around here that “rescue” planes, so don’t be bashful about asking questions. If you want, feel free to PM me. I’m happy to help.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#6 posted 06-19-2012 08:49 PM

Nice little set actually. That Dunlap looks like the equivalent of a Stanley 3 or 4 (hard to tell for sure without a length) and should make a great smoother. I love the little Stanley 6s and while I prefer and 7 or an 8 for jointing, you should have no problem at all with this selection.

By the way, welcome to the addiction..

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#7 posted 06-19-2012 09:52 PM

Yes, I can feel the teeth of the addiction sinking in now, haha.

I’ll start my questions with advice on removing the paint. Some sites mention small sand blasters, others heavy duty stripper. I’m thinking a combination might be best? Any experience or advice?

Thanks again!

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#8 posted 06-19-2012 09:59 PM

You need to check out this Thread

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#9 posted 06-19-2012 10:05 PM

The paint may be easy to remove. If you are too aggressive with
removing it you’ll take off the japaning – which is the original thick
black lacquer (or something) on Bailey planes. I would strip them
down to just the casting and soak in water mixed with a heavy
degreaser like “Simple Green”. After several hours of that you
may be able to get the paint off with a soft bristle brush and
retain the original japaning.

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#10 posted 06-19-2012 10:30 PM

Looks like some nice planes. Check out the “handplane of your dreams’ thread as linked to bt DaddyZ. And if you want to seem some incredible handplane restoration work you need to look at Don W's work

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#11 posted 06-19-2012 11:07 PM

You’re messing with us – you know those are great finds. And the black paint on them probably saved them from rusting.

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#12 posted 06-19-2012 11:36 PM

@dhazelton – I can assure you that I’m not messing about – I have more respect than that. I truly had no idea looking at these planes what I was even seeing besides names and numbers and a bit of hastily gathered information from here. I’ve never used one before in my life and am just starting out and stumbled across his ad on Craigslist ( and went to have a look and walked away with what I could afford and what looked the best from what I learned here. I was hoping they were great finds, and I thank you for the reply that confirms that. Hopefully, when I get them further taken apart and begin restoring them, that will prove true – I worry about the blades on a couple of them as they’re heavily pitted and appear to be painted silver. I will be sure to blog about it here.

Thanks again.

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Don W

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#13 posted 06-20-2012 12:58 AM

very nice acquisition. You’re off to a great start on the downhill slide to plane-dom. They should be a great set of users. Take a look at Most plane makers followed stanley or (in the case of your Dunlop were Stanley’s) so match the size and find the number. It looks Like a #4 from the picture. The mini is a 101. I’m not sure the block is really a Stanley, but its something like a #110.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#14 posted 06-20-2012 01:40 AM

They do like great users! Just my thought, clean the irons and chipbreakers and lever caps, and if there’s no paint on the soles, get busy with them. You’ve got a block, smoother, jack and fore (smallish jointer) so it’s time to make shavings towards a project or two. Clean up some stock, true some boards, anything, but get to work.

Keep us informed along the way, too! Congrats, nice score!

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

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#15 posted 06-20-2012 01:43 AM

Very nice planes Chad, congrats.

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