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I restored this WWII era smoothing plane and I’m really proud of it. (i.redd.it)
submitted 1 month ago by Copperberry
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[–]Youkiddingmeagain 7 points8 points9 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Did that plane bomb the Axis powers? Heyyyyyyy-ohhhhhhhh! I’ll see myself out.
[–]PermieRoo 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (4 children)
Great job. Care to share a bit of your process in restoring it? What did you use etc.?
[–]Copperberry[S] 4 points5 points6 points 1 month ago (2 children)
I mostly followed Paul Sellers’ procedure. I lapped the sole on sandpaper clamped to flat glass. I used increasing grits of wet/dry sandpaper to remove rust and polish the metal body (staying away from the japanning). I soaked the smaller parts in white vinegar to remove the rust then polished them up on increasing grits of sandpaper. I chamfered all the edges with a flat file.
Interestingly the WWII era planes used stained American hardwood for the tote and knob because they couldn’t import the typical rosewood. So when I scraped the old shellac off I ended up having to re stain both wood components with Minwax “Early American” stain. I followed that up with mineral oil and paste wax.
All in all I put about 20 hours into the restoration and it works like a charm. I’m building my first workbench right now and it’s been a joy to operate!
[–]PermieRoo 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Did you strip back the plating on the level cap at all?
[–]Copperberry[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I soaked the level cap in vinegar and then gave it a light sanding to remove the rust. I see a lot of people polish the level cap to almost a chrome finish but I preferred the way the grey patina contrasts the orange logo.
[–]IIndAmendmentJesus 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I got some rust in my basement if you like I can do a complete restoration sometime today for you
[–]TheWoodenSquid 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Awesome job! I just restored my grandfathers plane just like this using paul sellers video as well. It looks like you had the same issue that I did with the ball on the front. For the life of me i couldnt get the black paint off comepletly.
[–]Copperberry[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Totally! I like the way it looks and this is my user anyways so I decided to just roll with it haha.
[–]jailin66 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
God damn it. It's before THEN after. /s
All kidding aside, you made it sparkle dude. I love the grain striping and the band on the front handle.
[–]Nenotriple 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (3 children)
I'm always amazed at how bright the paint is around the logo once the dirt and crud is washed away.
[–]Copperberry[S] 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (2 children)
Actually there was no paint left. I masked it off and hit it with some rustoleum. I’m super happy with the color matching.
[–]PermieRoo 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Did you respray the Stanley logo then? What color did you use?
I did respray it yes. I used Rustoleum “Painters Touch Satin Rustic Orange”
[–]jrobertson50 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (2 children)
So where did you get it? Looks dope. Great job
[–]Copperberry[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Thank you! My neighbor collects them and I guess when he buys them on eBay sometimes multiple come in an order and he already had one of these so he sold it to me :)
[–]jrobertson50 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I'll check eBay. Thanks.
[+]DBroc5 comment score below threshold-7 points-6 points-5 points 1 month ago (1 child)
If you're going to do a "before & after" shot, can you put it in the right order?
[–]Roscoe_P_Trolltrain 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Sorry, that’s actually an “after & before” shot.
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