How To Restore A Stanley Block Plane

How To Restore A Stanley Block Plane

In this video I restore an old Stanley low angle block plane with simple tools
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  1. Timothy Mallon on February 16, 2023 at 5:21 am

    2:40 you REALLY shouldn’t be flattening the sole with the adjustable mouth off the plane. It will create an uneven surface between the mouth portion and the rest of the sole.

  2. Кошмар Кошмар on February 16, 2023 at 5:27 am

    Very good restoration bro 👍👍👍👍🤝🤝🤝🤝

  3. Jeff Lieurance on February 16, 2023 at 5:31 am

    Hope you’re still reading these: I have a similar block plane. When disassembling the knurled knob came off the depth adjustment screw. Best idea on reattaching and securing? Thanks. Enjoyed this video, btw.

  4. Anthony Janflone on February 16, 2023 at 5:32 am

    Real good! I always enjoy your videos John!

  5. Triune Blades on February 16, 2023 at 5:32 am

    That’s a beautiful tool. Good narration. You should’ve put a little 3 in 1 oil on the screws threads as you were putting it together. Good video. 👍

  6. Bill Palmer on February 16, 2023 at 5:34 am

    The lighting in this video is terrible.

  7. WhatNeverMind21 on February 16, 2023 at 5:35 am

    just use a honing guide

  8. Bruce A. Ulrich on February 16, 2023 at 5:38 am

    Nice restoration. I have a similar plane, but I bought it new.

  9. MWA Woodworks on February 16, 2023 at 5:40 am

    just a general rule of thumb which goes for all your blades (planes, chisels, shaves, etc)

    If you want a tool for finer paring/slicing work make a primary bevel of 25 degrees. This is good for most planes and shaves as well as dovetail/pairing chisels. If you want a tool for heavier jobs like chopping or roughing out use a bevel angle of 35 degrees. This is good for general purpose bench chisels and also good for "high angle" planes when you are working with figured wood and you want more of a scraping action versus a slicing action.

    You never really want to drop below 25 degrees because it will seriously affect the durability of the cutting edge.

  10. Patrick Melchior on February 16, 2023 at 5:43 am

    I usually restore, sharpen, and perform serious maintenance on my chisels,planes ans other hand tools through the winter months. plenty of time to get them tuned up and ready for the next project

  11. Fix This Build That on February 16, 2023 at 5:45 am

    Bro, you’ve got that thing set for a lineman shaving. You need to set it for a wide receiver shaving. I believe that was the main issue with you having to brute force it so much. Shaving was just too thick there in that last shot. Dang that thing cleaned up nicely though!

  12. Johnny Tromboukis Woodworks on February 16, 2023 at 5:46 am

    Hey John! I have the same block plane that I got from Jimmy Diresta so you know it’s covered in rust haha. Thank you for sharing your process and I intend to freshen up my plane the same way. The only thing I’ve done so far was sharpen the iron and it works like a dream. I set my worksharp to 25 degrees for the primary bevel and didn’t add a micro bevel. I don’t where you set yours but I hope this helps you with your primary bevel issue

  13. Dennis Bond on February 16, 2023 at 5:48 am

    Love the video man, grate restoration any more plane restorations in the making?

  14. Thaig3r on February 16, 2023 at 5:50 am

    This kind of plane is better when set up for thin shavings, not thick like at the end of the video. It shouldn’t take that much effort to push when set up correctly. These old low angle planes are kinda fragile around the mouth area, so it’s not a tool you want to force when you’re using it.

  15. Richard Leon on February 16, 2023 at 6:01 am

    I use two blades in my low angle block plane, one is sharpened at 25 degrees and the other at 35 degrees. If I am planing face grain I use the 35 degree blade, the 25 degree blade is for end grain (or when I’m too lazy to change the blade!). If you are having trouble pushing the plane through the wood, i would recommend putting a little camber on the edge of the blade, or taking a thinner shaving. I really enjoyed your video, thanks.

  16. Tim Dailey on February 16, 2023 at 6:05 am

    Haha, dude I literally stopped and subscribed to your channel as soon as you said “as you can see this thing is being a bitch”

  17. Shai Shamir on February 16, 2023 at 6:05 am

    With the sharpening wheel you get the blade to high temperature and it is not recomended unless you deep it in water for cooling every few seconds.

  18. Jon Cart on February 16, 2023 at 6:06 am

    you should have wire wheeled those indentations going with the direction of the machine marks first before you flatten the sides

  19. Andrew Setters on February 16, 2023 at 6:06 am

    Very nice. I’ve got several old planes that I’m going to clean up and sharpen. Thanks for the tips!

  20. Jan Laguna on February 16, 2023 at 6:08 am

    John Małecki – Jan Małecki

  21. Russ Veinot on February 16, 2023 at 6:12 am

    amazing before/after !!?!!   you might want to stock up on used toothbrushes and q-tips.  they are handy with cleaning in tight places :>)

  22. Stephen McKenzie on February 16, 2023 at 6:17 am

    I’m brand new to all this but when i was a little kid (1975/6) a carpenter who lived next door made me a toy sword and showed me his plane. I asked why one corner of the blade was longer than the other and he said it was supposed to be like that so it would cut more easily.. when i saw you trimming the blade to 90 degrees i remembered that.. he said the long corner started cutting ad a knife point and the running edge, on what I’ll call the back sweep, kept the cut going..
    But that’s all i got shown and it might have been that one model..
    I remember he also told me to keep putting the blades for the craft knives back in the handles or they just disappear.. and he did that religiously after every use.. shame we didn’t interact more but he was retired..

  23. Thomas Crawford on February 16, 2023 at 6:19 am

    Excellent video John. I love the Stanley No 65 and yours came out looking beautiful. I have been restoring a number of different size Stanley planes but need to add a No 65 to my collection. You’ve inspired me to go searching for one this weekend.