Show the restoration before and after.

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This worked well elsewhere, so why not try here.

I thought it would be cool to have a place for a collection of before and after shots. Rules are simple, you must have done the work, and there must be a before and after shot. Any tool restoration welcome. Hopefully you will post often.

I’ll start with my latest.

More pictures and some Info

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - and


Those photos give me hope! But I have to stop being so lazy to get it accomplished and I haven’t prioritized restorations. (I’m too busy tripping over stuff in my shop so reorganizing has become more of a priority.)


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

A “B” Plane (More pictures and some history)



-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - and

I have a no. 4 Bailey that I just restored. The lever cap is not original though. I also have a No. 5 Bailey Type 14 and a No. 27 transitional in the works. The No. 5 is missing the chip breaker and screw and also has the wrong iron (I believe) and I’m hunting for period correct replacements. The No 27 is in rough shape and is probably not usable. I’ll post some pics of all over the weekend.

Where are the band-aids?---Pro Libertate!

Here’s the type 15 #4. It has the wrong lever cap though. I gave $10 for it:

and after cleaning it up:

It’s razor sharp and I use it all the time.

Here are the No 5 and 27, they were free, so I can’t complain about the price:

As you can see, the No 5 is missing the chip breaker and screw:

and this is not the correct iron:

The 27 has a whole different set of issues. I’m not certain it could even be used:
There are several cracks around the mouth

and a huge gouge out of the bed at the toe:

and the tote is very badly cracked:

And a couple others I have picked up…no restoration required, and they are users:

Where are the band-aids?---Pro Libertate!