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BoardCop

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10-02-2014 10:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand planes hand tools refurbish plane

I was given an old tool box and hand tools that his dad used in the 50s. I’d like to restore them maybe to use or just display. I’ve never restored something like this and need help. One is a Bailey/Stanley no. 7, another is a Stanley no. 40 I believe, there’s a no. 51 spoke shave and a couple more that I’m not sure about. They are pretty rusty from being in the weather. Do I get them to bare metal and leave it or paint them? The wooden handles, do they lose any value if I sand them and put a nice finish on them? Any help would be great! I’m trying to post pics but can’t!

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!


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#1 posted 10-02-2014 10:56 PM

I see the pics now :) user error!

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!

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#2 posted 10-02-2014 11:21 PM

You won’t decrease the value of a plane in that condition. I;d completely remove all the rust on both of them and repaint with black engine enamel. Something like evaporust will just take off the rust and not the paint in most cases. Go to town refinishing the handles, you’ll only raise the value. Take a look at user DonW ’s restoration blogs.

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#3 posted 10-02-2014 11:41 PM

Alright that sounds great! Thank you!

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!

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#4 posted 10-03-2014 12:07 AM

Those can be some real users with some TLC.

I would give them a soak in evaporate after taking them apart. Remove wood from the planes and all metal in the bath.

http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/blog

Don W has some good blogs on restoring old tools and he has links in them to other resources.

Gluck and put those.old tools to work!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#5 posted 10-03-2014 12:13 AM

Thanks Justin! I might try to use them and get some practice in. Not sure if the spoke shave is supposed to have handles or not. Should’ve put that in my questions

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!

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#6 posted 10-03-2014 12:18 AM

no additional handles are needed on the spoke shave.

see if this helps http://www.timetestedtools.com/how-to---bench-plane-restoration.html

and have fun!!

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

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#7 posted 10-03-2014 12:29 AM

Alright thanks!!

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!

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