Hello everyone. Been registered on here for about 4 years but life got in the way and kept me from woodworking outside of work. I now have the time and I am looking forward to being back in my little garage/shop. I got the hand tool bug recently and and it's slowly been turning into a passion. I bought a few Stanley's........a No#4, No#5 and a No#7 off of Ebay over the past couple of months. I have completed the restoration of the no#4. I gave it plenty of love by lapping the sole/sides and smoothing up the frog area. I added a new Hock blade (high carbon) and will keep the originals for practice with hand sharpening.. I used to be able to sharpen by hand being taught by a shop teacher and my grandfather. I'm sure I still can with some practice, but for now I am using the Veritas Mk II guide. I left the tote and front knob alone because they were perfect other than a couple paint splatters from a previous owner.
I will be restoring the No# 7c and the #5 this week. The 7 is in very nice condition already, but the #5 sole has severe rust/pitting and I will probably end up putting a light grind to the sole. I have a good friend with a machine shop who loves to see wierd projects come through the door. The front knob stud will need to be rethreaded as well.