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10-12-2012 01:17 AM

Just bought a number 7 bailey hand plane started to clean it up tonight . Started with the blade removed surface rust on iron and noticed that the iron had a date on it of 1992 stanley iron question is should I buy a new iron or continue to clean this one up . Also is using a bench grinder with a wire wheel to much for cleaning up rusted plane parts . Thanks for help Rob

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 01:22 AM

Try the current blade and see if it works?
If your not happy with it, replace it with a hock/pinnacle.

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 01:25 AM

Are you sure the patent date wasn’t something like AP’L 19,92? That is an 1892 patent date.

No need to buy a new blade if that one still has enough length to put an edge on and you can clean it up.

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 01:31 AM

Are you sure that was 1992 rather than either 1892 or 19 92?

You will probably be happier with a modern iron, better material available now, but that doesn’t mean the old one is garbage.

Wire wheel is probably a little harsh for some of the parts. I prefer Evapo-rust for planes, and then a fine wire wheel where I cannot use a sand paper to restore the lustre of the metal.

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#4 posted 10-12-2012 01:35 AM

The easiest way to remove the rust is EvapoRust. It’s non toxic and works great. I wouldn’t use a grinder.

When you take it out shoot it with wd40 and rub with steel wool. It won’t take much effort to make it look great. I’ve done electrolysis too but prefer EvapoRust. Any auto store has it.

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#5 posted 10-12-2012 01:43 AM

trend parts cleaner is faster than evaporust and helps prevent further rust spray it on and rub it gently with a scotch brite pad the rust desolves and the patina is there for good I restore over 50 planes a year and i use this if the rust isnt to bad other wist I sand blast and re japan here is a photo of one of my restores

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#6 posted 10-12-2012 03:30 AM

do you have a link for that cleaner?

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#7 posted 10-12-2012 03:31 AM

Check for pitting and length before replacing it.

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#8 posted 10-12-2012 04:05 AM

you can get it at rockler or woodcraft I dont have a link but it is easy to find took me a minute to find

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#9 posted 10-12-2012 04:39 AM

Aftermarket high carbon blades like Hock will hold a better edge, but rust
can be an issue with high carbon blades in some areas. They also
take an effort to sharpen, being so hard and tough.

The stock blades sold on newer Stanley and Record planes, et al,
have tended to be Chrome Vanadium, which is easy to sharpen
and resists rust (great for occasional users) but doesn’t hold
a keen edge all that long.

I never throw away a plane iron personally so I always have
a few spares kicking around. I never bother making anything
shiny that doesn’t need to be to do its function, so all my old
plane irons are brown except the edges and about 3” of back.

An iron that is badly pitted on the back is not easy to rescue
and probably not worth the effort.

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#10 posted 10-12-2012 05:29 AM

In all reality, as long as there’s no pitting on the back up by the cutting edge, and there is at least 1/2” of cutter left (before the groove/hole) then you’re probably fine to use it. No matter what you do, you’ll have to be able to sharpen it, so if you’re not well versed in sharpening already, it wouldn’t hurt to have something easier to sharpen.

I have quite a few stock blades, and one Hock. I can’t really tell much if any difference between stock and the hock blade. If the original blade wasn’t pitted beyond rescue by the cutting edge, I wouldn’t have purchased the hock. Both leave the wood glass smooth, and that’s what counts :-)

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#11 posted 10-12-2012 06:11 PM

Dude, are you referring to Trend Tool & Bit Cleaner? I’ve checked Rockler and Woodcraft both and can’t find a “Trend Parts Cleaner”. I do a lot of planes myself and I usually just use ScotchBrite pads, WD-40 and elbow grease. If this will save me time, I want to get some. Thanks!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#12 posted 10-12-2012 09:01 PM

Try it first. It if it doesn’t work, then buy another one.

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#13 posted 10-12-2012 09:53 PM

Here is my 2 cents, but probably only worth a penny.

I always use a wire wheel on my restores. It works great, its quick and it leave a silky gun metal look.

Evapo-rust is great, but i always wire wheel first to help extent the life of the evapo rust. I use the evapo-rust to get were the wire wheel can’t. I’ve never used trend so I have no comment. Electrolysis is another good option.

I’ve restored a lot of planes, and only replaced one iron. Mos put it right, but will add, even if there is some pitting on the back, the ruler trick will take care of it. I never use the ruler trick other wise, but its a life saver (or iron saver) in this case.

Take a look at my blog, you’ll see the wire wheel setup I have.

Of course use some common sense. Careful on the corners because a stiff wire wheel will round them if your aggressive and use a soft wheel for brass.

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#14 posted 10-15-2012 04:04 PM

Would like to thank everybody for there help kooks like you are right Charlie blades says apl 1992 . Going to pick up some evapo rust and try that . Don what ruler trick are you talking about never heard of this . You have great web site have read lots of your stuff before rerstoring this plane you do nice work.

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#15 posted 10-15-2012 04:07 PM

thanks Rob
ruler trick

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