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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:04 pm 
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Found a few nice tools at a garage sale on the weekend. I paid around $11 for the bunch.
They may not be heirloom-quality, but I'm pretty happy with them.

There's a No. 63 Stanley convex-bottom spokeshave, a flat-bottom spokeshave (no brand markings), a Type 20 bench plane (Maybe a No. 3?), A No. 110 block plane missing the front knob, a Stanley Surform, Little Giant Razorblade planer set, and a hand drill.
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I'll post more detailed pictures as I clean these up.

First, the bench plane. I'm not sure if it's a No 3? Anyway it's smaller than my No. 4 Stanley. Made in Canada, probably about 50-55 years ago. So not too old, and it needed some cleaning and de-rusting, and a good sharpening (to an arm-hair shaving level).
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I took it all apart. All the pieces are there that should be.
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After cleaning and re-assembly, it looks great. Works really well too.
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Stay tuned for more posts. I want to clean up the 110 and the spokeshaves and try them out. They are quite rusty and the blades are worse than butter knives in terms of sharpness.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:15 am 
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Way to go Dave. That is quite s haul for $11. Congrats.
The plane should serve you well. It's easy to make a knob for that 110. You can even use a wood cabinet knob that you can get at the hardware store, just screw it on.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:04 pm 
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Thanks Kevin. Do you have some advice on cleaning up the cast iron spokeshaves? Do you use a wire wheel in a dremel for example?


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I like using Evapo Rust on parts like that, and I also have a grinder mounted wire wheel. I do have some small wire wheel/brushes I chuck up in the drill press and hand drill too. The Evapo Rust will remove all the rust without disturbing the surface or desolving any paint.
Have you ever used it?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:30 pm 
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I have a small jug of Evaporust or something like it, but I had only used it on an old table saw blade, and my jointer bed. Thanks - I'll give it a try.


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