Restoring a Stanley No. 110 Block Plane | Tool Restoration

Restoring a Stanley No. 110 Block Plane | Tool Restoration

Last year I picked up this Stanley No. 110 block plane at a garage sale for $2. It has been sitting on my shelf since then and I finally decided it was time to knock off the rust, sand the sole, and tune it up.

To help get the rust off I first soaked everything in a salt and vinegar bath for a couple days. The salt is suppose to help the vinegar to better break down the rust. Then I rinsed everything off and sprinkled a healthy amount of baking soda over everything. The baking soda is used to neutralize the vinegar from continuing to break down the rust. Once this was done I took some 00 grit steel wool to everything to knock off anymore rust and start to shine up some of the steel. Then it was on to the laborious process of sanding the sole of the plane flat. Finally, all that was left was to take the plane iron to my diamond stones and flatten the back and resharpen the bevel. Thankfully the bevel was still at a good angle and was decently square so I didn’t have to do too much to it. Once that was done I put it together, adjusted it and now have myself a working block plane!

The plane was pretty beat up and has lots of pitting to it, but I think all that does is to add some character to it! You’ll also notice that the rust removal wasn’t perfect. There were some spots in the bed of the plane that I couldn’t quite get to and I don’t have a wire wheel to really remove things so I decided to leave it as is. I considered giving it some new paint but once again I didn’t have any and I’m pretty cheap so I left it with it’s original paint.

All in all, its not perfect but hey, it works and that’s good enough for me!

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———— Tools I use ————
Japanese Saws:
– SUIZAN 9.5 Inch Ryoba Pull Saw: (Amazon)
– SUIZAN 9.5 Inch Dozuki Dovetail Pull Saw: (Amazon)
– Narex Richter Bevel Edge Chisel (1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 1): (Amazon)
– Thor Soft and Hard Face Hammer: (Amazon)
– IRWIN QUICK-GRIP Clamps Set, 8-Piece: (Amazon)
– Ultra Sharp Diamond Sharpening Stones: (Amazon)
Drill Press:
– Wen 4208 8″, 5-Speed Drill Press: (Amazon)

The above are tools I use for just about every project in the workshop and come highly recommended! They are all affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I may earn commission through purchases made through the links above.



  1. M B on March 3, 2023 at 7:19 am

    Nice work! What grit sandpaper did you use on the sole?

  2. Jezzer147 on March 3, 2023 at 7:28 am

    Lovely job! Could I ask what brand diamond stones you use here? I’d like to get a set

  3. Ed Mehnert on March 3, 2023 at 7:43 am

    Your blade will stay sharper if you rest the plane on its side (not on its base).

  4. JAC Built Woodworks on March 3, 2023 at 7:50 am

    I bought the same one at a market, I paid about $10AUD. I restored mine too but it’s a crappy plane. Knowing what I know about planes now, I wouldn’t bother restoring the old ones. I’ve restored a few now but if I’d do it again I’d buy brand new Luban’s which won’t break the bank like a veritas or Lie-Nielsen.

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