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Stanley No. 5 Bench Plane Restoration

I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for old planes. I have too many. But this Stanley, which I found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, was just too cool to pass up. A little rusty, and the handle was broken, but it was nothing that couldn't be solved with a little care and some elbow grease.

The biggest issue with this plane was the broken handle. Fortunately, the break was very clean, and I was able to simply glue it as is and maintain all the gorgeous patina it had earned over the years.

The body was pretty dirty, but in great condition with no cracks or warping.

The shiny bits cleaned up nicely

As did the blade

The final product turned out great. I still need to get one more photo with the handles back on.

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