Restoring a Stanley No. 60 1/2 Block Plane

Restoring a Stanley No. 60 1/2 Block Plane

I bought this plane in rough condition from a flea market for $4. With a few hours worth of restoration, it’s working like it was new. I cleaned most of the parts with a wire wheel on my bench grinder. I sanded the sole and sides of the plane with 120, 320, and 600 grit sandpaper on a piece of glass to insure flatness. Before final assembly all of the parts were coated in oil to prevent rust. I hope you enjoy the video!

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  1. Peckelhaze on January 24, 2023 at 3:59 am

    Why the loud music?

  2. Triune Blades on January 24, 2023 at 4:03 am

    My only critique of the video is the music is horrible and too loud. To be honest, it’d be better just to have the normal audio from the recording (shop sounds) instead of adding YouTube default music. As far the plane, good work on not overdoing it. You probably should put a drop or two of 3 in 1 oil in the screw holes/screw threads as you’re putting it together. Great job overall!

  3. steven lang on January 24, 2023 at 4:06 am

    Would of watched the video but the MF music was killing my ears! Let me come to you house and blow my car horn in your ears! Any on that uses an wire brush on old tools does not know how to do a proper restoration!

  4. aloosh alshammari on January 24, 2023 at 4:10 am

    well done

  5. Gregory Vandromme on January 24, 2023 at 4:10 am

    nice. I sure Wish I had seen this video before I did my own restoration because I accidentally snapped off a small bit off of the base in trying to get the mouth adjustor to come off. Then later I watched this video and realized that all I had to do was unscrew that golden knob at the front. 🙁

  6. Lbhunter63 on January 24, 2023 at 4:11 am

    Good video but lose the music…you’re rehab’n a plane not jumping over buildings

  7. Hugh Tattersall on January 24, 2023 at 4:13 am

    You need to do the base with the blade retracted but clamped up.

  8. bigscreen bird on January 24, 2023 at 4:14 am

    Nice work bud! I’ll do my restoration hopefully next week on the 60 1/2!

  9. labrat7357 on January 24, 2023 at 4:16 am

    I guess it is less critical to have the blade installed under tension while lapping the sole flat on a small block plane. What I found interesting was that the side of the casting is very heavy and thick and the typical finger grooves in the side of the casting are abscent. I have never seen a Stanley 60 1/2 without them before. Maybe an economy measure in war time. Thanks for the video. All the best.

  10. Zach Beane on January 24, 2023 at 4:20 am

    Thanks for the video. I have a similar Millers Falls plane that I hope to restore in a similar way. I have always heard this style referred to as block planes, and larger, multi-handle planes called bench planes.

  11. Andres Barnett on January 24, 2023 at 4:24 am

    Nice! congrats!

  12. Sojourner 2016 on January 24, 2023 at 4:26 am

    I think you’ll find that you’ll attract many more subscribers if you don’t have such God awful obnoxious music.

  13. Jeff Lieurance on January 24, 2023 at 4:32 am

    Very nicely done. Thank you. I’m OK with the music, BTW.

  14. John McKee on January 24, 2023 at 4:35 am

    nice camera work!!

  15. Jlm Foy on January 24, 2023 at 4:37 am

    Restore an old 60 1/2 DO NOT buy a new one, they are complete and utter CRAP.

  16. Garenne01 on January 24, 2023 at 4:39 am

    Good job, i have a regret, why didn’t you paint it…?

  17. Franco Giannotti on January 24, 2023 at 4:44 am

    good work, but music is too high!

  18. Jason Duffee on January 24, 2023 at 4:45 am

    You put the adjuster together wrongly, thread it on a turn first on the thick part of the screw ,then screw it into the plane body

  19. Rough Rooster Knife Sharpening on January 24, 2023 at 4:46 am

    You never wear gloves doing something like that.

  20. James Lucas on January 24, 2023 at 4:48 am

    Jesus H Christ what effing is wrong with your ears?
    I think narration to an otherwise good video would have been nice.

  21. bereantrb on January 24, 2023 at 4:50 am

    Love it. Thanks for posting this. My dad recently mentioned he had my granddad’s planes. I to!d him to dig them out. Can’t wait to see what they are. Whether they need just a little TLC or a full restoration there are some tips here I’m sure I’ll use.

  22. Borp on January 24, 2023 at 4:51 am

    Are we supposed to drop E while we watch the video? Good job on the restore!

  23. Andrew McGillivray on January 24, 2023 at 4:52 am

    the music is horrible… had to turn off the audio. i noticed that you didn‘t check to see if the mouth edges were straight and parallel to each other. that‘s an important step. i replaced the original blade with one from ron hock, it makes an incredible difference. my 60 1/2 has dimples on the flanks, must be a different batch. i‘d loose the adjuster lever on the front, just set it really fine and tighten it well.

  24. Mark Jarman on January 24, 2023 at 4:55 am

    Music spoilt it for me. 2 mins in signed out