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Forum topic by jm540 posted 02-05-2009 11:35 PM 985 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2009 11:35 PM

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I am the new care taker of this prize.I love when grandpa comes to visit. What do I do to refurbish it. Is this a good plane. does anyone have one they could tell me about?

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-- jay Rambling on and on again

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#1 posted 02-05-2009 11:50 PM

well, when it comes to stanley planes, I consult:

I’m afraid he doesn’t think highly of the #55 though. I recently found his site very useful in picking up a #78 on ebay.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#2 posted 02-06-2009 12:22 AM

thanks I’ll give it a read

-- jay Rambling on and on again

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#3 posted 02-09-2009 03:32 AM

looks like I have inherited a head ache. does anyone have one of these?

-- jay Rambling on and on again

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#4 posted 03-11-2009 07:08 AM

If that plane were mine I remove the loose scaly rust and learn how it works. Whether or not it is an efficient user it is a family heriloom and is a thing of considerable grace. As such it appears to me to be somthing to be proud of and to cherish, both for the fact that Your Grandfather gave it to you and for it’s own unique character. I have returned several Stanley planes to a usable condition, and have enjoyed the restorations just for the pleasure it afforded me. When I began i did so because i needed a hand plane and had some old rusty ones in a shelf. I ended up working on every one of them and have enjoyed every moment. Give it a shot…’re gonna love it!

-- Have fun ! Be Safe !

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#5 posted 03-11-2009 08:27 AM

Most people bag this plane. If you can find a copy of The Complete Woodworker by Bernard E Jones it has everything you need to know about using the #55. Amazon has some copies.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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