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Plane knob turned on a drill press

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Blog entry by 489tad posted 04-19-2011 07:41 PM 4152 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My contractor grade Stanley #4 came with plastic handles. Some years back the tote cracked do to a very cold garage. I loaned the plane to a neighbor who returned it to me with deep scratches in the sole and a huge knick in the blade. He needed it to level a stair case landing. Apparently the flake board and staples were too high to tile over. Anyway I now had to learn how to tune and sharpen a plane. I got the plane working fine but the tote was still cracked. I found plans at Lee Valley and made the tote. Now I needed to get the knob turned. I sent the plastic knob, stock, and a drawing of the knob to a friend, I think that was about a year and half ago. John, no rush on the knob:). (He’s busy with mission work for the people of Haiti). There have been times when I could have use the plane but with no knob it was a no go. I mentioned this to a fellow jock and inspired by Mafe’s drill press knob turning I went for it.
I cut the stock to size, pre-drilled the holes and put the stock on a 1/4” carrage bolt with washers,lock washers and nuts. I knocked off the corners with a block plane. the tool rest is a block of cherry held in the vise clamped to the table. I used a 1/4” chisel to rough the shape. I switched to files then sand paper to get the final shape. The cherry knob and tote have a wax finish. I tried the plane on a piece of cherry. It felt good in my hands and made some nice shavings. It took me about four hours total and I would never do that again! Thank you for looking.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.



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Dan

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#1 posted 04-19-2011 08:08 PM

Really nice looking replacements… I have restored a lot of planes but have yet to make new totes or knobs. I actually have a few planes that need replacements so I think I will be trying this soon. I like the Cherry wood.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#2 posted 04-19-2011 08:14 PM

Nice work Dan … ive got a few of these i need to do myself. Ill have to dig up Mafe’s post on it. You should ppick up an old handyman for the neighbor to borrow lol.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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dbhost

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#3 posted 04-19-2011 09:26 PM

Just think, if you can do that well turning on a jerry rigged drill press, imagine how well you could turn on a real lathe with proper turning tools!

Nice knob and tote by the way. I wouldn’t have thought to use Cherry for something like plane parts… I love the results…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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David Kirtley

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#4 posted 04-19-2011 10:23 PM

The first one takes a while, then it gets easier. The nice thing is that you can fit it to your hands and way of working. Even if it takes a while, it is a once in a lifetime (or two) bit of work. These last a long time.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 04-20-2011 12:28 AM

Now that is cleave would not have thought of doing this on the drill press.!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 11-01-2012 01:51 PM

nice job!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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