|Forum topic by Lifesaver2000||posted 07-23-2012 06:26 PM||1463 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
07-23-2012 06:26 PM
First of all, if you are a purist when it comes to restoring or refinishing of hand planes, look away now…
A while back, my wife was at a yard sale, and she saw an old looking, very rusty and dirty hand plane. Since it was only $1, she decided to take a chance and buy it for me.
It turned out to be a #5 size plane with no markings of any kind, but it was complete, the tote and knob were in good shape and was very solidly made. The blade and cap iron design, even though similar to a Stanley scrub plane, was a poor design in that it caused a lot of bending of the blade. So, I put it aside with the idea of making a decorator piece someday.
Well, while I had the Evaporust out cleaning my most recent flea market buys (a Bedrock 605C and a Bailey #4 I picked up last spring) I decided to get the old plane cleaned up. I had originally planned to do a conventional black and polished steel look, but at the last minute I decided to go for something different.
Now I just have to decide if I want to keep it and bring it out on the Fourth of July or sell it to a barbershop.
Oh, I did sharpen the iron and polish the bottom so it is usable, but the tote is actually much smaller than on a Stanley plane, and is way too small for my hand, so I will probably just keep it for display purposes.