Restoring a 100 Year Old Hand Stanley Hand Plane – Essential Woodworking Skills

Restoring a 100 Year Old Hand Stanley Hand Plane – Essential Woodworking Skills

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In this woodworking skills video we restore a 100 year old Stanley Bailey #3 Hand Plane. If you want to date your handplane using the patent date on the bed, just behind the frog. Check out this website here Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
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  1. Blake Weber on September 4, 2023 at 7:09 pm

    I tried to date a hand plane once, unfortunately I found her to be pretty dull and couldn’t handle my hardwood.

  2. YouTuber on September 4, 2023 at 7:10 pm

    Jonathan no disrespect or insult intended but I was shocked to see that you didn’t re-flatten the body.

  3. Eddie Pitwell on September 4, 2023 at 7:10 pm

    Today i found a 1948-61 Stanley No.4 plane in a second hand tool shop for £15. I have never had or restored a hand plane before so thanks for the video. Will be following closely.

  4. Andy Lane on September 4, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    I’m starting a new dig. Cigar box guitar’s. My dad just gave me this exact plane. In mint condition.

  5. Mahendra Tiwari on September 4, 2023 at 7:12 pm

    Katz, lucky to have witnessed the restoration of 100 years old planer 😊👌enjoyed watching Sir😊

  6. Mark Schneider on September 4, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    I been thinking about getting the Tormac T8 . I watched there videos and I was wandering, are they really that good and do you recommend them ? Thank you Mr. Moses 😎

  7. James Campbell on September 4, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    I don’t remember the colour of the tote and front knob recoating colour being highlighted, however a contributor has mentioned Rosewood.

  8. Brandt L on September 4, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    The wonderful thong about these old planes is that A brand new thicker blade from Lee Valley Veritus planes are available

  9. Gerhard Schjelderup on September 4, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    This plane is not a 100 years old 🙂 Having not seen all the details on it, it might be as early as 1925, but not earlier 🙂 By the looks of it a type 13. Still a great plane and video 👍

  10. Andrew Murray on September 4, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    Another kick ass video! Headed to Ebay to buy another plane haha.

  11. Martin Snibbor on September 4, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    I bought one for 3.00 at a yard sale it was all painted yellow, I’m going to restore it, the rosewood is beautiful

  12. Craig on September 4, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    PERFECT Timing! I just picked up a 3 just like that one on Ebay that I’m gonna restore. I love the idea of using hand tools more. Thanks!!

  13. Scott Hewes on September 4, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    Jonathan, I want a Jointer plane. A new Stanley No 7 is $107.00 on Amazon. An old Stanley No 7 goes from over $100.00 up to $200.00 and I still need to restore it. Would buying oils and restoring give me a better every day user, or would I be better served buying new? Thanks?

  14. Wood Pecker on September 4, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    No flattening needed? Just curious as to why

  15. Scott Nations on September 4, 2023 at 7:26 pm

    How did you chuck up the knob for sanding??

  16. Alexander Ptitsyn on September 4, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Great job!
    Am I seeing new dust collection system?

  17. Logan Miller on September 4, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Not gonna lie that Tormek gave me a bit of a chubby. Literally have a bailey No.3 I am looking to clean up in front of me. This was the first hit in my search "old wood plane revival" and it’s the plane I have here. I got mine at a flea market for $12 CD.

  18. Carl F on September 4, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Just a couple weeks ago I did 3 of my grandfathers, and one of my dads hand planes in the exact same way. I need an angle guide to sharpen them. But my favorite one was this tiny little shoulder plane. It’s so small it can fit in my palm. Never seen anything like it. But even being so old and rusted, it still had a usable edge to it. I totally agree with the satisfaction that comes from doing a restoration like this. Especially when there is sentimental value in the piece your working on. Love this video

  19. Just Another Day on September 4, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    Goodness man—you’re restoring an old tool this is not a music video.

  20. bobbg on September 4, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    I bought a rejected plane from grizzly tools 2 bucks its bottom wasnt flat but after about an hour when I got done it was flat and squar using what I said below this.

  21. Roy Harr on September 4, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    How did he get the STANLEY letters to remain steel colored after he went over it with red spray paint?

  22. 6atlantis on September 4, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    What was the spray you used on the handles?

  23. ELSDP-45 on September 4, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    THANK YOU…for sharing. Nice.

  24. hafza macie on September 4, 2023 at 7:40 pm
  25. Henry372 on September 4, 2023 at 7:41 pm

    Oh no, vinegar.

  26. bobbg on September 4, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    I used to work in a machine shop, yes steel wool works, but you know what lapping is the sol of a plane should be flat from heel to toe. So I object to using a random orbital sander, what is a better idea if work off a flat surface a marble countertop or just the sinks cut out is very flat, use some wiring sticks on one and see if it flat without a bow in it.
    You shouldn’t see any light pass under your stright edge, now take a full sheet of emry cloth or wet sanding paper spray glue it down or use some with an adhesive backing make dure the marble or stone surface is clean you can also use a thin film of oil to stick it down.
    Now you can pass the plane sol over as well as the sides untill its smooth yes al old plane might have a few pits but your using the whole bottom to guide your cut.
    Pass it over this untill its clean use oil on the paper to help remove dirt.
    This will restore the working surface, on your fluted bottom plane you can wire brush it. Or you can do electrosis to remove the rust using low voltage and a dissimilar metals then hone the sides and bottom. Some guys use the sand paper to sharpen planes and chizzels without tools but by hand.
    A grinder is going to put 2 high spots and bevel on the cutting edge it may have to sharp an edge to hold it this way becuse the cutting edge has been weakened by the bevel shape. Then agine it might cut better. The Japanese have gotten sharpening tools down to an art. There joinery is a lot tighter tolerances.
    We slap 4 side togather and call it a day they mill it to a persice fit.
    Craftsmanship in Japan was an art beyond woodworking.
    Not to cut down traditional woodworking but some of the joints Japanese woodworkers do is beyond anything you see done in America up untill the eairly 1900s and beyond ever see a Japanese puzzle box the joints are seemless.
    You can look at it for hours before you figure it out and then you’ve got to close it. One guy shows how to sharpen disposable planer blades.

  27. Josh Lance on September 4, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    Great restoration video. Got a video idea for you. I know you’ve mentioned on podcasts before that you are in the Christmas Light business, don’t know if you still are? Would love to see a video on this topic. I know it might not be woodworking related, but didn’t know if you had a way to tie the two together. For all us xmas nerds out there.

  28. nmssis on September 4, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    How funny! I was just given, by a good friend, his granfathers Bailey No 3…lol!

  29. Nick on September 4, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    Style over substance. Flashy editing but you don’t tell us anything you’re doing during your b-roll montage. I hardly learned anything

  30. J.D. on September 4, 2023 at 7:44 pm

    I always thought W vinegar a no no.

  31. M J on September 4, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    I was given a rusty and dirty Stanley Bailey #4 plane. I cleaned it up and bought a Rob Crossman blade and chip breaker. The point is my brother says “ why would you put a $90 blade on an old plane.” If you have to ask, you won’t understand. I just love the Rosewood.

  32. Ray De Jesus on September 4, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    I have two planers that were handed down to me, one is a Shelton No. 14 and the other is a Stanley, both are the same length and configuration. The Stanley needs a new knob and handle (literally missing both) and the Shelton’s handle is broken but might be repairable or serve as a template, both however need to be restored just like in your video. Thanks a lot really enjoy your content. Greetings from Arroyo in the southeast coast of Puerto Rico. Blessings.

  33. almagill on September 4, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    Great fun isn’t it?
    And addictive…

    today in the shop we were looking at a couple of Stanley Bailey #7s. Beautiful big beasts and they’re next on the list for restoration and pressing back into use.

  34. W F on September 4, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Nicely done

  35. IronFungus23 on September 4, 2023 at 7:51 pm

    Use japaninng instead of paint

  36. Mark Schneider on September 4, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    2ed question . Is there a sight or a place to get one that helps sponsors or fund your videos ? I’m always trying to help the people who’s videos I always watch or subscribe to . Thanks again 😎

  37. m t on September 4, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    Good job. Crappy annoying background ‘music’.

  38. blank blank on September 4, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    Just bought a bailey no. 5 1/2 at the place I work at on the weekends (I sharpen knives, tools, swords, etc. At a flee market sort of place). I’m restoring it right now. I’ve got the screws, frog, chip breaker, and iron in some vinegar right now. Going to probably flatten the bottom of the body on my belt sander (it’s just a bit big to do it with sandpaper like I would normally.).

    Yours came out great. It’s going a lot faster than mine is lol.

  39. Ryan Ketrow on September 4, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    a saw file fits nicely into those corrugated groves on the sole to knock stubborn rust out

  40. Jon Plesetz on September 4, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    How did you remove the paint before you re-finished?

  41. Terri Stroh on September 4, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    That’s a beautiful rosewood handle….spray paints it black

  42. rock on September 4, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    Mine is painted blue. Will the vinegar remove the paint? If so should I just roll with it?

  43. Mark Schneider on September 4, 2023 at 8:03 pm

    I guess you might call them a sponsor or a site that if I buy from them will help fund your channel or videos that you producs

  44. Konrad Dickman on September 4, 2023 at 8:03 pm

    I’m just curious what you used for paint and lacquer? Great video, I’m about to restore a Stanley no. 5 of around the same vintage.

  45. David Lambeth on September 4, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    Can that multi purpose oil prevent rust on new hand planes? Should I wipe them down with oil regularly after use?

  46. Leo Leoni on September 4, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    Умер Максим, да и ХУ… с ним ,
    А из гроба поднимать, только ХУ… себе ломать
    Привет из России

  47. Harry Chisholm on September 4, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    Nice job on that. I like the fact that you didn’t get carried away on the restoration. Just get it back to where it works as it should. Thanks

  48. Graham Parsons on September 4, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    I bought a new block plane earlier this year, looked at a Stanley and what a pile of pants that thing was talk about tacky looking, bought a Luban block plane for a lot less money and what a little belter it is too, well worth the money !! Also have an older Stanley No5 which is a lovely plane by the way, must say Stanley seems to have lost its way on quality in recent years. Great Reno job on the No3 came out fantastic 👍👍👍

  49. Chris Makowski on September 4, 2023 at 8:07 pm

    1st, great video! 2nd, somebody commented that it’s not actually 100 years old… well I think they’re correct, but I’d say Jonathan is close enough to use that phrase for the video – artistic freedoms and all.

    Based on what we can see in the video (at time 3:25 you can partially see the bed of the plane as he’s taping it before painting), it looks like there is just one patent date stamped there, which likely makes it either a Type 13 or 14.

    There is no raised ring surrounding the knob receiver screw hole, which (based on the Type Studies out there) leads me to believe it’s a Type 13 (1925-1928).

    With an age between 1925 and 1928, I’d say it’s close enough to call it 100 years. After all, close enough counts for horseshoes, hand grenades… and hand planes, unless you’re worried about a museum collector/appraiser opinion I guess.

    Here’s a good flow chart for dating old Stanley hand planes based on old type studies:

  50. OG Timbercraft on September 4, 2023 at 8:07 pm


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