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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 05-12-2013 11:38 PM 694 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-12-2013 11:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: antique planes refurbish de-rusting electrolysis collecting ignorenwbusa

I’ve managed to miss every annual show in this little farm town about 2 1/2 hours away from us. This time I made sure it happened for us! Anyway…here’s the result, plus one shiny plane and one trannie from auctions as seen in these pics:!

so…an early Stanley #7C, $30, Miller Falls #9 with jointed lever cap, $25, Aussie Pope Falcon #9, $25, and A Shelton (These three are similar in size to Stanley #4)

Also, another ‘Footprint’ in Champagne gold, wonder if there’s any significance to that color? Last but not least, an ‘Edge-Rite #27-size transitional.
Now that the weather around here is generally above freezing, I’ll start brewing up some 20 MuleTeam Borax and an incredible RV deep-cycle battery, and start the electrolysis process. I prefer batteries to power supplieswhich often put out square wave DC due to bad diodes or rectifiers. Battery 12VDC is the cleanest juice you can get. I’ve really got a backlog of de-rusting projects to get started on, probably at least 100 planes in queue as well as a dozen interesting handsaws too! ‘Tis the season! Please consider refurbishing a plane in your neighborhood, clean it up and put it to work on your next project! Hope to inspire you, it’s a great leisure activity!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 05-12-2013 11:41 PM

wow, you cleaned up!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#2 posted 05-12-2013 11:43 PM

PK – youre gonna need an addition buddy … and some antibiotics for the sickness.

Love a good weekend haul. That bubbling cauldron is gonna be nasty.

-- "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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#3 posted 05-12-2013 11:48 PM

Yeah, Don, y’know, I left behind two nice #6s, Ohio and Union, $35 ea, from this same person, and a no-name #5 with the wrong lever cap on it, which was priced at $17.
I was amazed at the amount of badly damaged or hideously repaired planes that are out there! They’re all priced as if they’re perfect, of course.
how does anybody snap a lever cap in half? Saw 3 other planes there with crudely welded breaks across cap irons, as well as a couple with cracked cheeks or entire toes broke off.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 05-12-2013 11:52 PM

Thanks, chrisstef! Y’know, I realize I got that alcoholic gene from my mother’s side of the family, but I don’t drink…These planes have YET to damage my liver or pickle my innards… So I’m doing all right! And I did walk away from two nice #6’s after all…How’s that for restraint?Thanks, guys!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 05-12-2013 11:56 PM

Ooops, the other image never loaded.. here it is:

Can’t stay away from sad-irons either. Great for holding glue-ups together!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#6 posted 05-13-2013 01:32 AM

Nice haul there, Poopie! I’m guessing you don’t want to say where you went so you can go back next week and get those 2 No. 6’s, as a reward for your discipline this weekend. Seriously, I’m anxious to see ‘em all cleaned up with their own money shots!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#7 posted 05-13-2013 01:37 AM

Nice score. So do you collect planes for the fun of it, or do you use them all? If you use them all, I’m curious how they work into your routines. That’s a lot of planes irons to sharpen. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 05-13-2013 01:45 AM

“Please consider refurbishing a plane in your neighborhood, clean it up and put it to work on your next project! Hope to inspire you, it’s a great leisure activity!”

Good advice. A few weeks back I scored a 40 year old, USA made Stanley No.61 low angle block plane, for $30. I spent some time tuning it up and really love this little plane. I am a neophyte with hand planes, but this is already my favorite tool.

-- Dave K.

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#9 posted 05-13-2013 02:01 AM

Don Broussard: I didn’t get the guy’s card or anything. In fact, the person in the next booth took the money for them! I don’t know who it was that owned them, and I’m not driving out there again, $98 worth of fuel in my durn Z-71,but it was an antiques/flea market in a Curling Club ice arena, (don’t ask), in Wawanesa, Manitoba. I didn’t buy the #6s because that’s all I need, to start getting a fixation on Ohio and/or Union tools. I have a 1950’s Craftsman #6C with corrugated bottom AND sides, I love it to death, and so far I’ve held off on seeking out other Craftsman tools except for the odd straggler. These other planes may turn up at another antiques show, closer to home I hope, I’ll see ‘em and buy ‘em. Brandon: I’ve re-organized my shop enough to segregate the favorites from the projects, from the as-found, from the basket cases. Yes, I’m bringing them all up slowly, I like to remove only red rust so they don’t stain the wood.
I’m really getting to understand the idiosyncracies, like how a 9 1/4 plane is crap compared to a same-era 9 1/2. I’ve got my faves, like Marples, Rapier and Record planes, as well as Some stanleys, they get rotated around, whatever which one ends up on the bench gets used, tuned and honed up, the next project I’d reach for something else. I’m not dedicating too much time to restoration, I just like to bring a few at a time up to snuff as I work or putter.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 05-13-2013 02:11 AM

sgmdwk: Good score on the #61! It’s a good thing, when a specific plane grows on you, for whatever reason. There are a few I tend to stick with, just because I know they will do what I ask of them. But on the other hand, I never would have known the awesome capabilities of a ‘Rapier’ British plane, if I never bought one and tuned it up. Now I have 5 of them, all #4s! I am definitely in ”Smorgasbord” mode. Ultimately I will pare down to my fave users, and get rid of some, well one or two, heh.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 05-13-2013 02:43 AM

Great score Poopie!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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