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Forum topic by Dale posted 04-13-2009 10:37 PM 1184 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dale

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04-13-2009 10:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley bedrock plane restoration

My Father-in-Law gave me an old Stanley 607 Bedrock plane that he picked up at a yard sale. He knew that I liked old planes and was kind enough to grab this for me. Wait, I know what you are thinking….. It came in a nice handmade wooden case with a gentlemans name stenciled on the lid. I couldn’t wait to open it, I opened the box and I saw a 607 round top plane that was covered in silver paint, not too bad, I thought, I might be able to get that off. When I pulled it out of the box, I discovered that the plane had been broken and welded back together. Mmmmm My excitement quickly turned to disappointment. So, what would you do with this painted and welded plane?

-- Dale, Pittsburgh PA - www.flytyingstation.net


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johnpoolesc

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#1 posted 04-13-2009 10:43 PM

refinsh and put it on a shelf

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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Francisco Luna

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#2 posted 04-13-2009 10:56 PM

Good question and lots of reasons to be disappointed.
Do you have pictures?
How bad or good was the repair?

I personally never buy a plane with the casting cracked, chipped or repaired. All the parts can be sold at ebay: Iron+chip breaker, Lever Cap, Complete frog, restaured Tote and Knok, even the casting, and the box.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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marcb

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#3 posted 04-13-2009 11:54 PM

Either part it out or make it look pretty enough to display. Unless the repair was done really well it won’t perform well.

I’ve seen brazed planes work fine, how was yours repaired?

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Dale

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#4 posted 04-14-2009 12:01 AM

I have added pictures of the plane to “My Workshop”, but I can not figure out how to add them to this post?
The welds are ugly. I put a straight edge on the bottom and it is flat. What would you recommend to remove the paint, but not mess with the original finish?

-- Dale, Pittsburgh PA - www.flytyingstation.net

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#5 posted 04-14-2009 12:06 AM

Dale, very nice shop :-)) but I didn’t find any pictures of the plane there.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dale

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#6 posted 04-14-2009 12:13 AM

Forgot to save my changes, pictures are up now :)
see “My Workshop” for pictures of the plane in question.
Thanks!

-- Dale, Pittsburgh PA - www.flytyingstation.net

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marcb

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#7 posted 04-14-2009 12:36 AM

Are you sure there is original finish under there?

Japaning is pretty tough, a simple citrus stripper if you don’t leave it on too long may work, I’m just spitballing though.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 04-14-2009 12:38 AM

Cast iron is very difficult to weld, so the weld doesn’t look that bad to me considering what it is on and what it has to hold. Looks like the silver piant might be covering up more rust :-( or finish problems. I’m not a real plane expert, but I doubt if you can hurt it. If you fiddle around with it, it might be good experience for when you find one that will clean up.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Francisco Luna

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#9 posted 04-14-2009 12:54 AM

one reason to restore the plane could be it’s a gift from your father, I’d do it!

First thing is to decide about rescueing the original jappaning or not. the other parts are easy to restore, parts of steel and wood.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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marcb

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#10 posted 04-14-2009 01:12 AM

You can always rejappan it. I can get you can of Asphaulum japanning from a guy I know.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 04-14-2009 01:27 AM

I forgot to mention it is very hard to get good penenteration welding cast iron. Unless you can see that they did get it from the inside of the plane body, it may come apart if you try to grind the weld down. It may very well be a bridge across the break.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 04-14-2009 03:25 AM

I’d be inclined to either keep it as a mantle piece, or sell the parts and buy something else of more interest or use.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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