Last week, Josh Clark put out his and there was a pretty sad lookin’ No. 3 Stanley up for sale. I’d been lookin’ for a smaller plane and have been having a lot of fun rehabing planes. In typical Josh fashion this “good user” showed up and was indeed a good user. latest tools for sale list
So here’s the before and after photos and a gallery of how I got there. I installed a as well as a new handle from Ron Hock plane blade and chip breaker ). I have a couple of his handles on my Veritas planes. Hardware City Tools (Bill Rittner
This plane has some significant pitting at the toe and in a couple of places along the side. But I just need a good user since I’m not a collector.
Here’s the gallery:
Another before shot.
First I took the plane completely apart, removed the wooden handles and put all the metal parts into EvapoRust.
Then I cleaned the pitted areas with navel jelly. The goal is to remove as much rust as possible to help prevent further deterioration.
This is how the major parts looked after cleaning. Again the goal is not to remove the deep pitting but clean in hopes of preventing more rusting.
Then I lapped the bottom and sides on 100, 180, 220, 320, 400 and 600 grit paper cleaning more rust off.
After cleaning and lapping the toe still looks pretty rough.
Then I flattened the surfaces of the frog to ensure good contact with the blade and the plane body.
Normally, the next step is to stick sand paper to the frog and clean up the plane body contact surfaces, but this plane was so tight I wasn’t able to do it.
Then I used metal polish to clean the surfaces further and leave a protective coating.
More polishing on the lever cap.
Polishing to prevent rust and create a good working surface in spite of some pitting.
Polishing the sides.
Thin maple shavings.
And finally, a beautiful mirrored finish.
Re-habbed No. 3 Stanley
It turned out the be one sweet little worker.