My Father’s Wood Plane

One of my philosophies that is driving my woodworking hobby is to take care of what I have.  It’s not ALL about buying and collecting new tools.  My mother’s father was a Carpenter in the mines and my own father did some wood working — and I have many of their tools.  That’s a legacy I feel a responsibility to preserve and protect.

Because of that I have been trying to restore a few items. One of my favorite items was my father’s wood plane.  The body was rusty and I had to remove years of glue and finish build-up.  I really have no idea what I’m doing, but I did use high grades of sandpaper on a perfectly smooth piece of counter top (also recycled).

I tried my hand at grinding the nicked blade then finished by locking it into a 25 degree blade angle tool and spend hours going from 220 to 500 to 1000 to 1200 grade sandpaper.  The edge finally reappeared, but I am STILL chasing one of the original nicks on the blade.  You can see from the photos, it is giving me some good shavings.  Some of the internal parts still need reworked, as well as the blade… this will be a process.

It looks like an old Stanley 14″, but it isn’t.  It’s a “Wards Master #6” – marked “Made In USA”.  A quick Google search revealed these were sold by the now defunct Montgomery Ward and likely made for them by Stanley.  Still,  it seems they aren’t as highly sought after — but I love it!

I’ll try to do some more research.

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