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.