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i've been grabbing up old stanley planes on ebay and restoring them. the new veritas and certainly the $300+ lie nielsen planes are fantastic but are out of my price range. cleaning these old vintage planes up is a good option at a much lower cost, usually $50-75, sometimes more if they've already been restored. i finally got a stanley #4 1/2 smoother & found a record combo plane with a bunch of cutters both coming soon. the combo was more a bit more at $120 but has tons of options. a new veritas combo plane is $400 with ONE cutter. i've also been watching videos making your own and might take a shot at making a shoulder plane.
i hadn't even used a plane til last summer but wow this is getting addictive.


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It's a real pleasure working with hand planes. Restoring them sounds like fun as well.

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You might want to get away from ebay, and hit some flea markets, and garage sales. I don't follow plane prices, but sound like you may be paying a lot more than you need to Last time I bought planes was two very nice wooden planes, no restoring needed, for $20 and $25, if I recall right, at a small flea market. I could have gotten some decent condition metal planes for considerably less.

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Beautiful shoulder plane Tim. I've managed to get a few good buys on planes off ebay.
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tom i thought the rust would be hard to deal with but its not at all. messy and takes a bit of time but no big deal. i soak really bad small parts in vinegar. this paul sellers video got me interested.

mr joat i kinda like recliner shopping but flea markets sound like a good idea.

chuck anything i make wont turn out that nice im sure. young je makes a lot of beautiful stuff




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Very nice finished product. I'd practice a little more safety around those saw blades, though. You may not keep the fingers you need to turn out such nice specimens.
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Tim - I've restored a few planes myself - will post some pictures later. I've purchased hand planes for as little as $5.00 at flea markets and an older like-new,in box Stanley #4 for $20.00. Ebay seems overpriced. Have you tried electrolysis rust removal? I've done it a few times and works pretty well - lot's of videos on google of the process.
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Hey, Vince! Good to see you back!! (White snow + green golf balls?)
Another vote from me for for electrolysis.
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Great posts. I have a few old planes that belonged to my father-in-law who was 3 months shy of 100 when he passed in 2001. He was a self taught farm boy growing up in Southern Maryland just outside of DC. His family had a farm and they took produce to market in DC by horse and buggy riding on cobblestone roads in DC. Oh the history that man could tell was nothing like what we read in the school books. His recalls had real color and depth. He was quite the accomplished woodworker and I way too busy to take time to learn from him. I was working 60-70 hours a week back then. What a tragedy to have missed out on such a great opportunity. And they lived with us the last 10-12 years.....

So now I have some planes I need to identify, clean up, and put to good use. First to identify them......
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Hey, Vince! Good to see you back!! (White snow + green golf balls?)
Another vote from me for for electrolysis.
Hi Dan - thanks. No white snow for me - I'm in Florida. Got out of Ontario just before that snowstorm on Jan 19. So..... brown fairways and white golf balls.

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