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athomas5009

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105 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: plane stanley stanley no 18

I got a Stanley No 18 off Ebay for my Bday. I won it for 20 which doesn’t seem bad to me. It lookes to be in good shape with no damage and just needs a cleaning and tune up. But I’ll prob do a full resto.

My plan is to clean with a brass wire wheel, strip jappaning and repaint with a SW alkyd / oil black gloss paint. The flatten the sole and sharpen. Does this sound like a solid plan? Any tips or warnings? How do you think I did on price?

Here are some before pics and ill post a few more when resto is complete.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.


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DocBailey

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#1 posted 105 days ago

I’m going to guess that this is your first go around at what is commonly (and erroneously) called a restoration.

Japanning looks darn good, from what can be seen in pics—why would you want to strip it?
Also, don’t be in a hurry to “flatten” the sole. Do you know it to be out of true?

Like any other poster, my comments, opinions and advice reflect my personal point of view.

My restoration philosophy is to save as much as possible, while eliminating rust and dirt.

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WhoMe

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#2 posted 105 days ago

Try a polishing compound on the brass. I think a wire wheel is going to be way overkill.
Agree on the japanning. If it is in good shape, consider just cleaning it up and avoid stripping it.
And generally, block plane soles are pretty flat unless they are clear signs of over use and abuse.
Basically, less is more when cleaning up older planes. Especially since you plan on making it a user. Rehab it till it works well for you.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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athomas5009

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#3 posted 105 days ago

A full resto was just my plan I’m waiting for some feed back before I do anything. The jappaning is about 80% if I had to guess. A few flakes and chips at the front and rear with some worn a bit on the sides. I threw up this post for advice so I’m all ears guys. Yes this is my first vintage plane clean up.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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athomas5009

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#4 posted 105 days ago

Here are some better pics so you guys can give me better advice.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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lateralus819

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#5 posted 104 days ago

I would vote to leave the Japanning. I usually only paint if it’s absolutely toast. I’d just polish the brass and rid of rust.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#6 posted 104 days ago

Yeah definitely leave that japanning, it looks pretty good. What’s missing is part of the vintage tool’s charm. But those rust marks on the front end need to be dealt with so they don’t get worse. Either dunk the whole body in evaporust or dab some naval jelly on the rust spots. If the rust is getting under the japanning already, removing the rust may loosen a little more of it.

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#7 posted 104 days ago

Also, just say no to the wire wheel on this. Especially for the plated cap.

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DocBailey

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#8 posted 104 days ago

Wow! – I’m pretty sure this kind of general agreement on the part of 5 Lumberjocks is one of the signs of the impending apocalypse.

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