Stanley No 3 Type 11

A great user plane found its way into13619933_10153866163321379_5368124560879518980_n my shop many months ago. I have been doing a lot of restoring of tools, sharpening of saws, and lots of studying on the history of these tools and their ages. I figure I can start documenting these tools now as I learn more about them. For one of my first I will start with a simple one, a Stanley No 3 type 11.

To start, this plane is in very good condition for its age. The japanning is more than 75% there, no major scratches, and all the parts are present and moving. The knob possibly needs to be replaced, but that can wait. To get this plane refinished I first took everything apart. To my surprise there was very little rust except on the iron. I asked around on social media for opinions on japanning and when to leave it or when to remove it and the majority said for it to be left alone. I grabbed a nylon brush and started cleaning the base. The sides and the sole look to have already been flattened by the previous owner. IMG_4858I took the iron over to the wire wheel to get the majority of the rust off then I grabbed some fine scotch brite to clean up anything remaining. I also did this with the chipbreaker and cap. All three pieces turned out great and cleaned up well. Before assembling these pieces together I pulled out my stones and sharpened the iron and also the mating area of the chipbreaker to the iron.

For the screws and adjusters I keep it simple and don’t use the wire wheel. I personally just place a piece of scotch brite on the edge of my bench and work the screws of the abrasive to clean it. It is a quick solution and keeps hands away from a spinning wheel. I also use the nylon brush to get any debris out of cracks that I have trouble getting to with the scotch brite.

Luckily for me this plane was already it great shape. After a bit of cleaning and some sharpening of the iron I was able to put this plane back together. I adjusted the frog and dialed in the iron and took a few passes on some walnut in the shop, cuts like butter. I have not taken the thin pass yet
IMG_4852 to see how well that is, but a normal pass took off a full width with no resistance.

Some key things I have used to date this to being a type 11 are the three Pat dates (Apr-19-10 was added on the Type 11), the depth adjuster was larger at 1″ diameter and also the low front knob. One unfortunate thing about this plane is that it does not have a matching iron. The iron is a sweetheart iron that dates somewhere between 1923-1935. This plane however (minus the iron) was manufactured between 1910-1918.

Another great addition to the shop!





Woodworker and blacksmith

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