Stanley No 24 Transitional Plane

The Stanley No 24 transitional plane is just like a No 4 metal smoothing plane. They were produced from 1870-1943. When the No 24 was first put into production it was 8″ in length, but later changed to the typical smoothing plane of 9″ in 1922. The iron was also widen to 2″ instead of 1 3/4″. This particular plane has a patent date of April 19, 1892.

I finally brought mine out and got it dusted off. I had to clean the blade quite a bit. Theimagere was a lot of etching on the backside and some still remains. The tip of the iron looked like it was used to open a paint can and needed some of the chips taken out. I’m still using the “scary sharp” sharpening method, but follow it up on an oil stone. I went through the grits of 120, 320, 500, 600, 1000, and finally 1200. It cleaned up well and is very sharp now.

After the iron was sharpened I moved on to cleaning the rest of the plane. There was mainly just dust on it so I used a paint brush to clean up all the nooks and crannies. The next step was to remove the frog and front tote which releases the cast portionimage of the plane. A nice coat of boiled linseed oil was placed on this plane to give it a new breath of life. And finally I placed all the parts back together. It is now ready to get out on the workbench for daily use.

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