Well Yee-Haw, I think. Bid on a Stanley #4 and won. It looks dirty, but
thats one reason I decided to bid on it hoping no one else would want it.
Well NOBODY else bid on it, so that may be telling me something. Got it for
$16.49 incl. shipping. If nothin else it should be good for a part or two
eh? Well, will see how it turns out.
Congrats, Paul. Now you can learn how to tune up a handplane
and know it inside and out. Be sure to try some shavings before
doing that so you can see just how good a tune-up can be on
a piece of li'l arn.
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Yeah that will be a bit of work, lot of attention to detail
will go into it. Personaly I love doing that kind of work.
wd-40, fine steel wool, a wooden handled small brass brush,
paint stripper, boat varnish, brush and thinner, and some
scary sharp setup will do it all. At least never having restored
a plane, that's what I would come up with... I suggest being
careful with the japaning concerning the paint stripper if you
I just did that search, looks really fun! You could do all kinds of
rust removal that way, now that I have got to try. There is a local
antique-slash-junk shop with all kinds of useable rusty things.
Thanks for that info,
I've restored a couple that looked a lot worse than that, and they come out
fine. Remove the heavy rust w/ electrolosys, flatten the soul and the
mating surfaces of the frog on a sanding belt glued to piece of glass, then
polish the soul and sides on fine sanding belts-on-glass, then do the rest
of the fine tuning. I leave the handles and top of the souls in pretty
The final trick is to put one of today's quality irons (e.g. Hock) and chip
breakers (Clifton, Hock) on the restored plane. In my book, they make a
with no pictures of the sole it's hard to say how much work you're in
for. if as the seller says it's all in good shape I'd say you got a
decent deal, and after a couple of hours of work you'll have a fine
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