Just wanted to share my recent purchase w/ folks that may care (swmbo doesn't really get it)
Anyway, we "went antiquing" over the weekend and a rusty old Stanley plane followed me home. In hindsight, I over paid for it, but it will be fun to bring it back to life.
Thick layer of surface rust, but the sole is the easiest thing to fix.
She can still make curls, though! This actually surprised the heck out of me. Obviously somebody used and cared for this plane before the antique place got a hold of it and let it rot all to hell. I took it apart and the back of the iron wasn't polished (as is the style now) but it had obviously been worked flat. It was still sharp enough to slice notebook paper.
It is apparently a Type-19 Stanley Bailey No. 5 that has had the brass depth adjustment wheel replaced with a plastic one. Made in the USA sometime between late 40's and 60's.
This is only my second plane, other one is an English made Stanley SB4 economy plane bought from Home Depot in the late 90's. I need a longer plane and this one fits the bill. Judging from EBay, $25 was too much, but that's ok. A new US made plane is $100 or more.
I'm not going to "restore" it; this plane will be a user. I'll sand down and stain the handles, drop everything else in the electrolysis tank, then mask and use epoxy paint for all the parts that are supposed to be black. A coat of wax and some anti-seize on a few bits and this fellow will be serviceable. I don't have any sons and my nephews are all in-laws who are closer to their blood uncles; this plane will serve me well and hopefully serve a buyer well at an estate sale in 60 years.