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    ugly No. 5 rehab

    I picked this No. 5 up at an estate sale. I was scrounging around in a dungeon, and a guy handed it to me, he said he didn't need another 5, but those of you who know me, know I can't pass up an old Stanley. Not even one this ugly.



    In case you didn't see that replacement tote, here it is up close and personal:



    But the plane was made in the third quarter of 1937 [the date is stamped on the blade], and it has good bones. It's a type 16, which ain't chopped liver. [Still pretty good.]



    So since it needs a new tote, I decided to make tote and knob out of cherry. They are coming along, and the plane has been taken apart, cleaned oiled, and soon to be lapped. I'll post pictures tomorrow of the new wood.
    Last edited by ken werner; 11-17-2010 at 10:11 PM.

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    Good for you, Ken. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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    Maybe I should just box all mine up and send them to you. None of them look as that one, before you started. Can't wait to see the end product.

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    I wish my plane looked that good
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    Cool, good for you Ken. Initially i thought you might be needing one of my michigan walnut special totes. But your Cherry version should do just fine.
    cheers

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    That tote is certainly a bit of a rough cobble job, but to be fair, it looks like it works fine.

    That is NOT ugly at all, IMHO, just needs a bit of a brush job and it will be a user
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    That should clean up beautifully. It doesn't even look all that bad from the pics. Nice score!

    I bought a pretty rusty Bedrock 605 for $6 a couple of years ago that cleaned up surprisingly well. Looking forward to seeing the end product.

    Last edited by scott spencer; 11-18-2010 at 09:36 AM.
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    Stu, I agree with you, the old tote does feel ok in the hand, though the top is a bit small for its function. I just couldn't leave it be.

    Scott, very nice rehab on that 605. Don't you just love bringing these old tools back from rust purgatory?

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    the "after" pictures

    Cleaned up, repainted the background on the lever cap, and lapped sole and sides. I left the japanning alone, other than cleaning it. The blade is a little short, but then again, it's 73 years old.






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    Very nice job there Ken. I like your new tote and knob but i am a fan of dark wood for this job.
    cheers

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