Restored Stanley #3

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    Marilyn Moreno

    This is a Stanley #3 a friend gave me last year. It was given to her by a client. Seems my friend mentioned that I had started woodworking. The client’s husband passed away years ago. And just like that the lady dug into her husband’s tools and gave it to her.
    The blade on this one was skewed, so I followed P.Sellers’ grinding with 120 grit and got it squared up.
    It works beautifully.

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    Marilyn - Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania - USA

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    Brett aka Pheasantww


    Nice restore.

    Located in Honeoye Falls NY USA. The Finger Lakes region of Western NY.

    "If you give me 6 hours to fell a tree, I will take the first 4 to sharpen my axe" Abe Lincoln

    Peter George


    Nice job Marilyn.

    I have a store brand No. 3 (probably from the early ’70s) that I restored. The No. 3 is my favourite size for a smoother.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    Marilyn Moreno


    @pjgeorge, Thanks.
    It’s lighter than the #4 and it fits nicely in my hand. It’s also easier to handle when working on edges..

    Marilyn - Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania - USA

    Eddy Flynn


    I’ve just bought my first #3 looking forward to cleaning it ready for use a bargain at £23

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

    Dan Roper


    I have that exact same plane that I inherited from my father. If I had to guess, I would think it dates to the 70’s as well. I works quite well since I cleaned and sharpened.




    Very good job on the plane.

    By the way, how are you finding those chisels? I’m considering purchasing a set of those but I’m not sure how comfortable the handles will be when paring because of that bulging bit on the end.



    Turned out great Marilyn.

    Marilyn Moreno


    @raze599, The narex chisels are working really well. I bought the set of 7 from Lee Valley almost 2 years ago. It was a great price for the set. They are comfortable, at least for me. I’ve nothing to compare them to since I never really had any other chisels except those cheap ones with plastic handles. They are pretty flat on the back side, with a slight hollow in the middle, but did not affect the edge of the blade when sharpening. Made my workbench with these…. If you want a nice range of sizes and are on a budget, then I recommend them.

    Marilyn - Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania - USA

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