A type 14 Stanley #5C restored.

I don’t have any before pictures, because this beauty came with a type 20/21 frog with the folded lateral, so I wasn’t even going to do anything with it. I changed my mind more just to see how much work it would take, since it was a jack anyhow, I figured it would be ok. I thought it was strange that it had rosewood, but I didn’t think to hard on it.

On closer inspection though, I found this wonderful type 14. Based on the broken tote tip, I would say it was dropped and the original frog busted.

I had the correct frog, so its all back to normal now.

I didn’t do the tote repair, its an old repair which seems very solid. I just sanded it out and refinished, leaving the history intact.


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A couple very nice plane I just posted featuring Hock High Carbon Steel (O1) Blade and Cap Iron Sets

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Stanley #4C      type 11


Stanley #3    type 15/16
  • Completely tuned and sharpened.
  • Custom Honduras Rosewood knob and tote.
  • New Hock High Carbon Steel (O1) Blade and Cap Iron Set. (A  $70 add on)
  • Original japanning about 95%+ with a few paint spec’s
  • The frog has remnants of the original orange paint.
  • Final honing on the Hock cutter done.


Another snowy shop day

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But the woodstove is working in the shop, so a few more restores got posted. Tools for Sale are here.


An Ohio Tools 019 Knuckle Block Plane

An Ohio Tools 019 Knuckle Block Plane, some before and after.

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Some Before and after pictures of a Type 2 Stanley #18

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And After


And a recent Stanley Knuckle Plane Family Shot


The Rapier Block

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This Rapier Block showed up in my shop one day, thanks to my LJ friend Poopiekat.

Rapier is an English made plane. I always thought it was a Stanley knock off, but this is a little different. The plane is much heavier than a similar Stanley. The cutter tightening nut is solid and much heavier.


The cutter (marked “Best Sheffield Tool Steel) is harder and thicker than a similar Stanley. It works extremely well.



I debated repainting this. I still may in the future. But for now, it rest along side my other block planes. At the ready, but unlikely to be uesed.

Stanley #65 type 1 restoration

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This is a recent restoration of a type 1 Stanley #65. According to Virginia Tool Works this would have been manufactured in 1898 through 1900.




Most folks are more familiar with the later type #65 with a knuckle cap and adjustable mouth.

The knuckle cap actually didn’t start until 1913.

The adjustable mouth came about in 1905.



Edwin Hahn #9 restoration before and after.


After my recent success restoring a Stanley type 2, I went on to a restore of an early Edwin Hahn plane. This plane is earlier the the #6 I restored.

The only before picture I have. Its sitting right next to the Stanley type 2.

It looks like this plane was made between 1902 and 1906.



And Compared to the #6


A Bedrock #607 and a Keen Kutter #K7–All in a days play

Finally, a day in the shop. These were meant as winter projects, but it’s a cold raining fall Saturday. Let do some restores.

A Bedrock #607. Before:


And after the full treatment. (If you haven’t seen it, here’s my restoration page)


Here’s the current bedrock family.


And a Keen Kutter #K7 also got the full treatment today


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No its not a Sargent 5409, but the other one?

I’ve got a very strict rule about computers. After the 2nd cocktail, I don’t return work emails and I don’t buy on ebay. But, who follows rules after the 2nd cocktail?

Apparently not me. The work rule is easy. Who wants to work once the fun starts. So I made this impulse purchase. Its 2 planes. I thought one was a Sargent #5409. It was all there, the thin casting, the steel insert in the adjustment knob, the twisted lateral and a corrugated bottom.

The problem!

The problem was the corrugated bottom was on the “other plane”.

A little bummed but I still had a decent type 3 Sargent 409. It’s got an American Beauty cutter, so I know that’s not original. I need to find out about the American Beauty part, but Sargent didn’t make a cutter back then with the round hole at the bottom of the cutter.

The other surprise was I was sure the other plane was a Defiance. But it had a corrugated sole and I didn’t think the Defiance came corrugated. Well come to find out, in 1939 (yep for 1 year) Defiance made a corrugated. Since the #1204 Defiance was made from 1932-1953, and the #1204C was only made in 1939 I’m going to assume it fairly rare.

But here is the Sargent type 3 #409 anyhow. Look for the Defiance in days to come.

If you know ANYTHING about the “American Beauty” Iron, I’d love to here from you. I know there is an American Beauty company in business today, I just don’t know if it’s the same, and they don’t do planes anymore.




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