October 2009 - During Restoration of an old Stanley #10
Problem: What to do with an old Stanley #10 Rebate Plane Blade
1. Replace with a new Stanley Blade
2. or a new After-market Blade
3. or look for a good one of similar vintage - very hard to find
When refurbishing an 1890's #10 recently I decided to repair the old blade so
as to keep the original "Pat. '92" stamp.
Step #1: cut off the end of the old blade
Step #2: cut off a piece from another blade of
similar thickness at least 2 1/8" wide
Pic of the throwaway piece:
Step #3: clamp both to a flat plate and
weld. Note that the cut is far enough away from the tip so the heat won't affect hardness of blade where it matters.
Step#4: Grind, grind and more grind until the final shape is achieved
then finish with abrasive paper and diamond plates.
A little more work with a diamond plate and the
sanding marks won't be as obvious - at present they are highlighted by the
camera flash, don't show up in real life.
Jim Davey 2009