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

See more of my block planes here.



And After


And a recent Stanley Knuckle Plane Family Shot


Stanley #65 type 1 restoration

See my other block plane post

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.



My June #5 restore

A recent restore I thought I’d share.

The before


And as it is for sale



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Restored Early Stanley 9 1/2

See my other block plane post

A type 10 Stanley 9 1/2. I date this plane somewhere between 1898-1904.

As bought

After restoration.

A Stanley #45 resurrected.

“What in the world was I thinkin”? My $7 #45 came, but man was it rusty. This will be the first restore I’ve done that required a massive amount of fire. Even after soaking some of the parts for 2 days in evapo-rust, it still took a hefty flame to convince them to come apart.

And me, trying to get it apart. Is it hot in here?

Only broke one bolt, and still managed to get the remnants of that out.

But after soaking, wire wheeling, making a new cherry knob and tote, its back together. I haven’t tested yet, but I should be able to throw a blade in it and see how she rolls soon.

I need to find a few extra bolts. I’ve got 2 complete sets of cutters, so I should be ready to rumble. I may also move the rosewood fence to my other #45 and add a cherry fence to this one.

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How about a Stanley type 5 #4 restore with some Character?

So seemingly a typical restore, but through the rust and grime I never noticed the break/fix on the rear of the heel. The fix was pretty old and its solid. And the hole, well that’s a mystery. Maybe the owner thought it would help hold the broken tote. Either way, this seems like a nice type 5 #4 with a bunch of character.



I Replaced the transitional cap with a one from a reasonably close vintage. I’ll still need to finds the right iron (cap screw hole in the top) but that’s a minor detail.

Added some cherry wood to dress it up a little.


New knob for a Stanley #1

There is a tool dealer I run into almost every flea market I go to. We often spend a lot of time talking tools and he’s help me find new places to pick. He’s really not a woodworker, and he doesn’t restore, just cleans them up typically. He mentioned he had a Stanley #1 that was missing the knob. So I turned him one. Here it is on my #1.

Not really a Handyman #3

This was bought on ebay as a handyman #3

As I started stripping it and as it unfolded I became a bit confused. Having never had a Handyman before, it took a while to sink it. I have what appears to be a type 5 – #3 with a handyman cap and a type 10 or 11 v shaped logo iron. SWEET.

Just find a cap of the right vintage, and now it looks better.

Saving the Stanley #48

After a lot of looking I finally purchased a Stanley #48. As many of you know, I look for the rust. Here is how it came.




So the first thing I did was soak it in evapo-rust. I was hoping the soaking would loosen some of the screws and parts. I had removed the knob before immersing it in the bath.


It soaked over night and in the morning I came out looking like this.



I took it completely apart and  took to wire brushing all the parts.


I hit the brass nut with the buffing wheel.


I then sanded the knob, Starting with 60 grit up through 500.


I laid out the part, sharpened the irons and oiled each piece.


Now I put it all back together.


All That is left is trying it out.


After the first run I realized I had the blades in backward. Switched them around and kept on making shavings.


One more plane to add to the till.