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Forum topic by Lifesaver2000 posted 716 days ago 1180 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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716 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: humor plane refurbishing

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.

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#1 posted 716 days ago

My eyes! My eyes! OMG I can’t un-see that! LOL

Seriously, though, if you put it on ETSY it might sell.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 716 days ago

I might not have found Waldo, but you found his plane…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#3 posted 716 days ago

Truly this is ugly.
I do not mean any offense

-- Bert

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#4 posted 716 days ago

Sell it to a barber shop. It should be good for trimming sideburns.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 716 days ago

I’d buy it, but you’d have to paint fifty little stars on the lever cap first. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 716 days ago

So one day when i was a kid i go to my old man and say “Dad, i want a mohawk.” He looks at me and says “Kid, its your head, do whatever the hell you want”.

Its your plane and as you wish Lifesaver …. ya know it does kinda look like the lifesaver packaging.

-- "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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#7 posted 716 days ago

Whatever brother,it’s yours ,paint away

-- Pancho

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#8 posted 716 days ago

Its like a bad car accident. I can’t stop looking at it and don’t know why. I’m betting it looks better than it did.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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