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I restored this WWII era smoothing plane and I’m really proud of it.

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Did that plane bomb the Axis powers? Heyyyyyyy-ohhhhhhhh! I’ll see myself out.

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Great job. Care to share a bit of your process in restoring it? What did you use etc.?

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Original Poster4 points · 7 months ago

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!

level 3

Did you strip back the plating on the level cap at all?

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Original Poster1 point · 7 months ago

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.

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I got some rust in my basement if you like I can do a complete restoration sometime today for you

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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.

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Original Poster2 points · 7 months ago

Totally! I like the way it looks and this is my user anyways so I decided to just roll with it haha.

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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.

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I'm always amazed at how bright the paint is around the logo once the dirt and crud is washed away.

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Original Poster3 points · 7 months ago

Actually there was no paint left. I masked it off and hit it with some rustoleum. I’m super happy with the color matching.

level 3

Did you respray the Stanley logo then? What color did you use?

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Original Poster2 points · 7 months ago

I did respray it yes. I used Rustoleum “Painters Touch Satin Rustic Orange”

level 1

So where did you get it? Looks dope. Great job

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Original Poster1 point · 7 months ago

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 :)

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I'll check eBay. Thanks.

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-6 points · 7 months ago(0 children)
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Sorry, that’s actually an “after & before” shot.

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