Show the restoration before and after.


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

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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!

Here are a couple before picture of my drill press project.  It doesn't look like it will take much to get it back in action but I do know the right side of the knock-off is busted off.  Might be a good 3D print project to make another one.  

I think a good clean and lube is in order for the tool.  North Bros Yankee 1005.  

Drop out of warp and prepare to be boarded. Mike southwest CO

Sheldon continuous screw vise to go along side the quick action vise

Ohh I want to play too, lets start with a Stanley No. 2246 miter box.




Very sweet! Nice job

Thank you, yours too!  I'll wait till some other post and then post some more
Have a blog series on this "over there" which I might bring over, but this was a fun time for me.
Not any hand tools that I have that need the full monty, but I did want a smaller BS for utility stuff versus swapping blades on my larger saw.

Found at a near-local auction, already have removed the guide-post.
PM 141. Build sticker says 1965

Complete strip 'n' blast, all bearings and tires replaced along with a proper switch.

John Deere green, had some handy....
wow nice restoration my friend.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

That looks awesome Splinter
Thanks guys, I really like working with and rebuilding old machinery. No minimalist material castings that can't take the stress of swapping out bearings or deform just by looking at them. 
I would really like to get one of the older Delta or Craftsman bench top drill presses and restore one but so far haven't come across one at a good price. 
some nice work shown here !

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

yeah some amazing restorations for sure. 

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

While I had my paint booth set up for the vise, I thought I'd knock this one out quick too. Fales Patent plane I picked up from Don, cleaned up and repainted. Would was lucky sanded, then shellac followed by wax, buffed out. Really happy with how the handle turned out

Sharp looking plane (no pun intended) ! 
This is more of a repair than a restoration.  I found this Speedrill automatic driver at an estate sale last year still in its box.   Unfortunately, the plastic handle had disintegrated.  Otherwise, it is in excellent condition.  It even still has all of the bits.  Made in France and all of the writing on the box is in French.  Speedrill appears to to still be in business making drilling equipment.  I have not yet found any other information on it. 

I thought about trying to 3D print a new handle but ultimately decided to just turn a new handle.  I did not want to risk taking it apart.  I can imagine the spring inside being difficult to get back in if I mess up so I had to make the handle in 2 halves. 

I didn't like the way the walnut looked with the red end piece that was still in good condition so I decided to use a red dyed shellac to make it blend better.  I put a couple of coats of rattle can lacquer over the dyed shellac.  I will probably use an abrasive pad to tone down the sheen a bit. 

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

Nice repair!!

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