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Forum topic by mdbohica posted 04-08-2014 09:55 PM 771 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2014 09:55 PM

This was my Grandfather’s and one of 4 planes I inherited from him and my father. I think it was made somewhere around 1925 and was used by my Grandfather to build boats and ships in the Baltimore ship yards including P.T. Boats during WW2.

I wanted to be able to use this thing in my wood working but it was not really in working order. Very rusty and neglected. I used a Dremel tool on a lot of it, but the bottom and sides of the plane were hand sanded from 60 grit up to 400 grit then OptiCoated so it slides like a greased pig over wood!

After the Insides were cleaned and polished, they received a new coat of Matte black enamel paint and clear coat and finally OptiCoated so everything stays as clean as possible. Lastly the handles were sanded to 220 and given 3 coats of Matte ArmRSeal.

My goal was to make it better and useful, not “perfect” since this thing has been a part of the family and I think leaving some of the imperfections add to its character. All in all I have about 20 hours in it and it will give me and my children many more years of use and I would like to think it would make my Grandfather and Dad smile. Miss you guys!

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#1 posted 04-08-2014 10:22 PM

Looks pretty good to me.

I too have rehabbed 2nd and 3rd gen tools that belonged to my Dad and Grand dad. It’s a real treat using them once the’re back up to speed and really adds to the enjoyment of the hobby.

Good Job!

-- - Terry

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