|Forum topic by skcj213||posted 04-22-2015 07:00 PM||754 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
04-22-2015 07:00 PM
Ok all of you vintage plane experts. Last fall my loving wife obtained a Type 11 Stanley Bailey #5 for me at an auction for $1. The only thing wrong, other than needing a good cleaning, was the rosewood tote was broke into 2 pieces and mounting rod bent. I am assuming it was dropped. I was able to straighten the rod, but the tote may be beyond repair.
As luck would have it, she found another #5 at an auction last week, paid $5 this time. This one was very rusty with the iron being severely pitted, but the tote was in one piece, unfortunately it isn’t rosewood. I typed this one to a 16, I believe, 1946-1947, the tote had a black finish on it that is almost completely chipped off.
My question is about how to rehydrate the tote? It is extremely dry to the point that I believe it would likely break if I tried to use it.
FWIW, I am going to try to epoxy the rosewood tote back together to see if I can salvage it as well.
Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom.