My restoration tool projects

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    Recently I bought some stuff through E-Bay. I was looking for Stanley #4 and Tenon saws for a long time, but luck wasn’t on my side. I don’t know why, but it’s really hard to find these tools on E-Bay now for a cheap price 🙁 Collectors or young woodworkers rise prices like crazy on these items. Plus you need to add shipment costs  – around 34USD from US to Toronto, Canada and 12GBP from UK. So finally I bought a plane for 18USD, Spear&Jackson 14″  saw for 20GBP and Drabble&Sanderson 14” saw for 12GBP.
    Restoration is still an ongoing process. I am not advertising the products I used, what you see on pictures is for information purposes only. I had to remove japanning from the plane  – the old one was just peeling off, probably someone painted it on top of the original layer. The saws – rust under the handles on both, and Drabble&Sanders’ handle has a big crack in it. I have to make a new handle; I already bought some cut out pieces from local lumber yard, but after I brought them home only one (walnut) survived changes in humidity level 🙁 Now fun part begins –  flattening the sole and frog. I have to wait for files from Lee Valley, Grobet files are currently out of stock until April. Well, after all said I still enjoy the restoration process 🙂

    P.S.: Saws on the last picture – the one on the left is almost done, needs only sharpening and setting; the one on the right was treated with Evapo-Rust only.

    Toronto, Canada


    @safron ) Nice work Serhiy. Was it difficult to remove and replace the “yoke” from the frog?

    Robin ... Richmond, Virginia, USA

    David Gill

    Nice job so far Serhiy look forward to seeing them finished

    Wigan, Lancs. England :


    Thanks guys))Not difficult at all Robin,just lightly oiled and used nail pinch puncher and hammer, and its moves very easy.

    Toronto, Canada


    Serhly, I just realized you are in Toronto, I’m not too far away in Ottawa. Good to see a fellow Canadian on here. I think you did a great job on those tools.


    Steve Follis

    Nice progress on the tools Serhiy!

    Its a good time to get those saw files, Lee Valley now has them in stock and they are offering free shipping until the 25th.  I just ordered mine yesterday, missed out on the free shipping. I should have waited one more day.

    Memphis, Tennessee


    I am from Sarnia, I had the same issues Serhiy with e-bay and ended up going to local antique stores and found some good deals. Your restoring work looks excellent. Best of luck


    Thanks to all of you for good words, as soon as I done I will post finished pictures, have to work past weekend(( but its almost done with the plane ,get files from the Lee Valley, and good news, now they have  EZE-Lap diamond hones, same as Paul used for secondary bevel for saw sharpening.

    Cheers Serhiy.

    Toronto, Canada


    Well, I finished the plane flattening (all is tuned – frog, sole, and cap iron); used Paul’s trick with the ruler.  Now I only need to sharpen the blade)) I wonder, is this plane really going to glide? We’ll see tomorrow)



    Toronto, Canada


    Wow, that sole looks awesome Serhiy,can you tell more about the proces in getting it that shiny?

    Lopik - Netherlands

    Michael Petre

    Serhiy, that is one awesomely polished sole! Don’t forget to lightly lubricate the sole if you want it to glide effortlessly.

    Paul Sellers

    Balance is everything.
    Remember that wood itself is highly abrasive. Many woods will roughen polished soles in a heartbeat and whereas there is nothing more pleasing than flattening out a sole, getting it ready for real work, the polish will get scored by the wood, and other substances, as you use the plane. To show hoe much wood is abrasive think how plane soles go out of flatness. I often buy planes that have a channel along the length. This is a plane that was used predominantly on narrow stock, perhaps 1″ or so. Then there are planes that are hollow, round or twisted. This is a regular issue and not rare at all. Imagine the plane has been used on hollow faces but the plane is always used at a slight skew because of body presentation. The plane sole will then be twisted and so too the wood it planes. Same in reverse. These are indeed common phenomenon and not rare at all. That’s why planes, if used a lot as my own are,need periodic flattening. It’s not a one off to flatten a plane sole, perhaps every year or two depending on the amount of use, the biased you have, and the wood you use in the everyday of woodworking.

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