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    Before and After

    Before:
    Stanley No. 6 type 11


    After:





    Before-
    Millers Falls jack:


    After:




    Before:
    Richardson Bros. 10" saw:


    After:


    I bought these all figuring I'd clean them up and sell them, but now I'm getting attached.
    Bad tool pig, bad.
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    Ken, those look perfectly usable again. I have two old planes I need to fix up myself (a Craftsman and a Stanley). But I have no intention of selling them. Using the, yes. Selling, no. So there is nothing wrong with you wanting to hang on to them. And you can't have too many handsaws!
    Billy B.

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    hey ken,, on the back saw, how did you clean up the blade? and could you post a pic of a dissiton trade mark for me to look at one of those saws i have has differnt wording like it was a gift for someone on it can there be any way to bring that type back to be able to read it better?
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    Billy, I have too many planes...and saws. Trust me, I do.
    Larry, for all things Disston, look here:
    http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/
    way better info and pics than I can give you.

    As for cleaning the saw, I took it apart, and the blade sat a few hours in my home made electrolysis unit, then some 320 grit wet or dry lubed with naphtha.
    I'm going to have to have the teeth recut, they are in rough shape.
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    Those were a mess They look almost new
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    Having seen a bit of your restoration work in person, I can imagine these tools not only look great now, but they also perform better than they look.
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    Fantastic work sir!

    I love how you left them looking used, but in great condition, sometimes the restoration is over done, this is spot on!
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    Gorgeous work, Ken! Well done!

    Did you clean the planes the same way you cleaned the saw?
    Last edited by Roger Tulk; 08-17-2012 at 03:17 AM. Reason: Afterthought
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    If you ever want to give up on that doctoring thing, I think you might have a career in old tool resto!
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    Thanks for all the kind words.
    Roger, I set up a wallpaper tank [cheap plastic vat about 2 feet long for wetting wallpaper] with some citric acid for small parts. Big parts went into the electrolysis. The knobs went for a spin on the lathe, sanded to 600, then some shellac. The totes were repaired [only one needed repair], scraped, sanded and several thin coats of shellac, then steel wool, then wax. Japanned areas of planes were cleaned and waxed. I don't like repainting a plane, unless there's just about no japanning left.
    Brent, I dunno, part-time work right now is going pretty well. Best of both worlds for me, I get time to enjoy my profession without getting exhausted, and I have time to pursue all the other things I like to do. I'm pretty darn fortunate.
    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

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