Block Planes

Stanley Planes


Restoring Planes: Metal and Wooden

  Block Plane Selection, Rehab and Tune-up by Bob Smalser 1 of 6  

I gave my heirloom Stanley #60 ½ away to the oldest boy awhile back thinking my larger Stanley #65 alone would suffice, and miss not having a small plane for the apron pocket.

So for 60 bucks at auction I bought some antique tool dealer’s collection of rejects… lesser planes, a minor chip here and there, stubby irons or missing parts. 

At the top are a crude Stanley #110 on the left and Sargent’s idea of a low-angle block on the right… an adjustable mouth, but too large for my hand and too little support for the iron.

At the bottom from left to right are two, more desirable Stanley #60 1/2 low-angle blocks, a Stanley #65 also with a low-angle, 12-degree bed, and a standard-angle Stanley # 9 ½ with a 20-degree bed, all with adjustable mouths. 

I’ll rehab them all and sell or give away what I don’t need. I order the parts required from Stanley… eccentric levers ($2.00), a replacement iron ($6.00) and miscellaneous screws from their catalog.

I dismantle them and toss them into a phosphoric acid solution overnight.  The acid attacks the rust without touching iron or steel, and leaves behind a protective coating of iron phosphate in pits and recesses, inhibiting further rust.  I much prefer this rust removal method to any other for tools used in damp boat sheds.

A day later all rust has been converted to sticky crud that has to be cleaned off.

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Stanley Planes

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