No. 5 plane Restore and Repair (ongoing)

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Forum topic by 69BBNova posted 01-07-2013 08:19 AM 1398 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2013 08:19 AM

I bought these planes with some other goodies yesterday afternoon, I figured I’d play with this one first…

I started out treating the parts as if they were an antique clock since I already had some cleaning solution handy…

So far the harshest thing to touch it has been a brillo pad and some OOOO steel wool…

It doesent show in the pics but for the most part there is fairly good amount of staining…

The sole has some pitting but not much that can actually be felt with my fingertips…

Also since there is a chip on the toe I figured this is the one to continue to learn with…

At some point I’ll pick up some high nickel welding rod and TIG it myself, (unless my friend has time to do it) and then attack it with files and stones…

I’m hoping someone may have an idea of its vintage, I can see that is one of the hardest things…

I may polish it all up after tuning and testing but I’m not sure…

I like shiney things, which is why I’m always broke…lol

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 09:12 AM

As far as establishing its vintage, go here then click on type study.
btw – Can we correctly infer from your username that you have/had a ‘69 big block Nova?

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 05:05 PM

Nice grab. That 71 looks to be in really nice shape and you’re gonna love that Millers Falls smoother when you’re done with it.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 01-07-2013 05:46 PM

Im pretty sure that 71 is a type 4. The same one i have. Its niiiiceeee.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 06:22 PM

To Doc…Yes I had a ‘69 Nova 427 with a Munci M-21 and 12 bolt with 3.73s…
I parted it out eariler this year (I pulled the engine in ‘04), I had owned it a few months shy of 33yrs

So far the only plane I have touched is the #5 although it has a much later knob…
The other two were in this shape when I recived them…

The #71 has a date of March4.84 and from the little I have read it does seem to be a Type 4…
Also the bottom is laped but I will check it myself for flatness…

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#5 posted 01-07-2013 07:09 PM

As for dating that #5, you might try over at Seems they have a chart or two that might help.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 01-07-2013 07:33 PM

Good find. It doesn’t look like you had that much work to do. They already looked to be in pretty good shape.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#7 posted 01-08-2013 03:40 AM

Watch out! Re-burbishing these planes can be addictive….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#8 posted 01-08-2013 03:57 AM

What model is that Millers Falls? I have the 9B and its really nice plane.

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#9 posted 01-08-2013 04:05 AM

I just went through a restoration on an old #7 I found. Its a slippery slope as that was the 5th plane I have restored this past year. I really like the router plane. Those are hard to find in the wild.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#10 posted 01-08-2013 04:32 AM

I am coming up with a Type 7 date for the No5, 1893-1899. This is from the S mark on the frog. Tough to tell with out some more info or closer shots of the top of the lateral adjuster, logo on the iron or other spots that are tell tale. I used the Rexmill site type study for my guess.

-- Paul, Brooklyn Park, MD.

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#11 posted 01-08-2013 08:31 PM

I cleaned a bit more on the base & cutter, (6×48 belt sander) not quite done (maybe dont know yet)...

Put the cutter ,breaker and lever cap in distilled vinegar (5%) for almost 18hrs to brighten up a bit more.

To pwgphoto…the cutter has MADE IN USA, the lever has STANLEY with letters running left to right not down,
No5 on the toe is the only mark on the base, there is also a s on the lever cap.

To sam… its stamped Millers Fall No.9 on the left side of the base.

Ive been reading the type studies on and off but it does take a while.

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