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  • Mike in TN
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    Post count: 295

    Lovely work Redsft. I normally just restore mine to prime functionality instead of “pretty” but that is some mighty fine work. I love the fact that you preserved the sticker on the handle.

    • Red5hft
      Participant
      Post count: 25

      Thanks Mike

      Thanks Mike. It is amazing how many vintage tools, 90+ years old, are in use by craftsmen. I appreciate when someone has taken the time to care for their daily antique user tools and has the skills to create beautiful woodworking products with them. Brings back the skills of the craftsmen.

      “Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right.”
      -Henry Ford.

  • Joshua Farnsworth
    Keymaster
    Post count: 75

    Wowzers! How did you finish the handle without hurting the sticker?

    • Red5hft
      Participant
      Post count: 25

      Patience

      Very carefully. Sanded around decal very carefully (some of of the decal was already missing). I then matched the original stain, again working around the
      Decal. 3 coats of spray on polyurethane. Lastly 2 coats of brush on high gloss poly and buffed the poly to high sheen.

      You can do wonders when you’re retired and have unlimited time on your hands.

      Here is an uncommon Fowler plane I just finished. Fowler plane were low cost planes with stamped steel frogs. This one was completely rusted over. The frog actually fits the frog bed very well on this one. I have restored similar planes that did not fit well. This Fowler is an awesome performer! It glides through the wood and can curl off transparent shavings with no effort. Going to find it a new home on eBay. Will make the new owner very happy.

      “Whether you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right.”
      -Henry Ford.

  • Joshua Farnsworth
    Keymaster
    Post count: 75

    Wow, that’s a lot of work! And that’s a beautiful restoration job.

  • StephenGiderson
    Participant
    Post count: 1

    I would love to see this in action now that you’ve restored it. You must have put in a lot of work in order to get it back up to usability! And this is why guys in restoration should be getting paid a lot of money to bring things back to life! Definitely good work here man – I’m sure that there are people who would be interested to find out the techniques you used in detail so they can do their own restorations now!

    Stephen Giderson
    SCS Melbourne

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