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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 12-06-2013 05:42 AM 1608 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2013 05:42 AM

It was my grandpa’s, not sure what the brand is and thought perhaps someone here would be able to identify it more quickly than myself. The iron is fairly thin and the body identifies it as being made in the US. The rust isn’t too deep, but probably deep enough that all pitting will not be removable. It does have some sentimental value, but I need my tools to work first.


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#1 posted 12-06-2013 05:46 AM


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#2 posted 12-06-2013 05:53 AM

I have that plane. Mine looks like it is in a little better shape than yours and I won’t use mine because the amount of work needed to get it to work right just isn’t worth it. But mine has no sentimental value.

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 05:57 AM

For sentimental reasons and practice on refinishing the plane, my vote is yes.
If you were to use it on a semi daily basis…. No

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 05:58 AM

If it has sentimental value, try soaking it in Evaporust for a couple of days. clean it off, coat it with a light coat of oil or a clear coat (shellac/lacquer) and set it on a shelf.

If you were thinking on making it a user, it looks too far gone for that.

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 06:11 AM

My friend I have revived worse planes, evapo rust that bad boy, repaint, and hone.

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#6 posted 12-06-2013 06:15 AM

Fairly light rust compared to some I have saved. Evaporust for a day or two. A little love with a wire brush. A little more work on that iron. She wont be pretty but she’ll work.

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#7 posted 12-06-2013 06:33 AM

Post up a photo when you have brought her back to her former glory.

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#8 posted 12-06-2013 06:50 AM

Well everyone else is chiming in… I suggest some citric acid for removing the rust. Its cheaper than evaporust. And is save enough to drink… they put it in coke. It will also work quite well if you put in in some very hot water just keep adding until you don’t get any more dissolving and then toss in your rust. You don’t have to worry like some acids about it eating your metal its not that acidic.

I think you could get it to work fine. You could find a new blade or you could use a technique that Chris Schwartz and David Charlesworth have talked about. You can get around the deep pitting at the expense of putting a back bevel on the blade. Its not perfect but its a million times easier than trying to remove pits…

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#9 posted 12-06-2013 07:01 AM

How long would the citric acid method need verses the stated 2 days for evapo rust?

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#10 posted 12-06-2013 07:19 AM

Or buy cheap toilet bowl cleaner from the Dollar Store and have it done in 30 – 45 minutes.

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#11 posted 12-06-2013 07:22 AM

Save it!

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#12 posted 12-06-2013 07:23 AM

Well judging from the looks of this plane probably a day if you give it a scrub every once and a while and keep the tub warm, like inside your house. If you switch the acid out because it will slow down as it gets used up, even faster. You can tell when it stops bubbling when it needs to be switched.

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#13 posted 12-06-2013 10:16 AM

That’ll clean up nicely. Try Evaporust. You’ll never regret saving your grandfather’s plane.

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#14 posted 12-06-2013 12:01 PM

I got my grandpas block plane, similar to yours and in similar shape. Absolutely worth saving. As others have mentioned, evaporust should do the trick.

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#15 posted 12-06-2013 12:11 PM

My grandfather, who passed on several years ago, was one of the great men in my life, so I say yes, just for the sentimental reasons. Plus, you get practice in restoring planes.

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