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MissouriOutdoors88

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01-04-2015 03:04 AM

I got this at a local used tool shop today for 18 bucks. Stanley No. 4. Just needed some WD-40 and elbow grease to free up the turning knob and everything else. Have it broken down and parts sitting in rust remover right now. I actually used it a little and it shaved better than I thought it would. I am looking for some advice on sharpening the blade. What kind of stone should I use? I’m pretty excited about it…looking into getting into these more in the future. Very rewarding to bring something back to life like this.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.


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#1 posted 01-04-2015 03:07 AM

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#2 posted 01-04-2015 04:15 AM

What kind of sharpening stone and other materials do I need?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#3 posted 01-04-2015 04:21 AM

I am by no ways an expert with hand planes. I am a guy who was bitten by the bug a little over a year ago and now am closing on 2 dozen in my inventory. It looks to me like you’ve got a type 9 or earlier, as there’s no frog adjusting screw and yoke. I’ve got a #7 type 9 and it’s awesome. I know others will give you all sorts of advice about gear to buy for sharpening that can run into big bucks. I am pretty cheap and went with wet dry sandpaper and granite. I went to a granite countertop shop and dug thru their scrap pile. They were very happy to give me the stuff as they had to pay to haul it to the dump. I’m going back again this next week for more. I’ve got long pieces with different grits for flattening the sole and I’ve got several pieces with different grits for chisels, irons and cap levers. The only big expense was the Veritas sharpening jig. It just takes time and patience. I find it very satisfying to take a beat up rusty POS and make it work. Now that you’ve got a #4, you got to look at a 4 1/2, 5 and a 5 1/2 and a #3. The list and passion never ends. Run with it, you’ll love it.

My best,
Burly Bob

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#4 posted 01-04-2015 04:23 AM

There are lots of different ways to do it. From the cheap ways like sandpaper on a piece of wood or belt sander to the expensive ways like tormek and worksharp. There’s diamond stones as well. If you google it or search on here you may find a way that works for you.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#5 posted 01-04-2015 04:26 AM

I’ll do some more research on it. Any way to know how old
It is? It has a patent number on it.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#6 posted 01-04-2015 04:37 AM

This is one of the better websites to check out the type and age.

http://www.hyperkitten.com/tools/stanleybenchplane/dating_flowchart.php#Types

This is another good one, it’ll help you figure out if your planes have original blades.

http://www.antique-used-tools.com/stantms.htm

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#7 posted 01-04-2015 05:29 AM

Here’s how I hone blades: http://lumberjocks.com/OSU55/blog/39391

For primary bevel shaping I use diamond stones and/or a bench grinder. Tried various oilstones, just way too slow. You are about 3 hours away from me. Be happy to show you my plane collection and sharpening methods.

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#8 posted 01-04-2015 03:59 PM

I started with sand paper and below through a crapload of it tuning a couple planes. Probably more my fault than the paper maybe, but I ended up getting some diamond stones. I have an extra coarse, coarse, fine and superfine. About 130$ -140$ for both (stones I have are double sided). I use 2000 grit paper last and then a leather strop.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#9 posted 01-04-2015 04:16 PM

congrats on your hand plane purchase!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvTcReENk9g

HTH

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#10 posted 01-04-2015 04:20 PM

In the long run, you’d do well to find a proper replacement sole of the same type. For $18, you did well, but this plane has a fatal flaw. I guess nobody else wanted to tell you this.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 01-04-2015 04:56 PM

Fatal flaw in what way? I’m a little confused about your statement.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#12 posted 01-04-2015 05:14 PM

Fatal flaw= busted out left side.

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#13 posted 01-04-2015 05:14 PM

One side has had a breakout season along the way. The “flaw” would be that the sole will now flex in use, and continue to crack into two pieces.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#14 posted 01-04-2015 05:55 PM

Well now I feel dumb. Rookie mistake.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#15 posted 01-04-2015 06:02 PM

The good news is that now youve got parts. Good front knob, iron, chip breaker, and frog. You should be able to score another 4 in your travels and even if its got some bad parts to it you can make it whole again. Ive bought a good bunch of parts planes myself, dont be discouraged.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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