I’ll preface this by stating that I’m no journalist, but I figure I might as well start a blog so I can ramble on a bit about what I’ve learned from the great community of people here on LJ’s.
Ever since my Pops gave me this old tool box of his Dad’s and I posted a pic of these 2 planes (the Ohio 4-1/4 and the Shelton #4) a couple months ago I’ve been very intrigued by hand planes, after exchanging some messages with DonW and a couple others I’ve suddenly found most of my shop time consumed by learning about planes, restoration and sharpening, I’m even frequenting local antique shops looking for hidden treasures and have already grown my little collection to 10 planes. I think the Shelton #4 in these first 3 pics will be done and fully restored in about 2-3 weeks.
Here’s the original pic the Ohio on the left in these 3 pics, lever cap on backwards and all!
The side had a crack at some point and was brazed back together, and whoever did it did a damn good job, I really didn’t have to true the sole up very much to get it totally flat, I was expecting it to be way off after first learning that I needed to flatten the sole.
I didn’t take any pictures from the other side, I figured we might as well embrace this guy’s battle wounds!
You can’t really tell by the pics but when I first repaired the tote which was broken completely off towards the bottom I actually broke a piece off of the top of the tote when I was gluing it back together. I narrowly avoided disaster, thought I was going to have to try and make a completely new tote, but it turned out pretty nice.
I am learning something new every day, and especially on the sharpening end, but the other night before I had the tote finished I decided to slap this thing together and see if I could get it to work, and after about 6 attempts at adjusting the frog I finally got, and it cut pretty nice, even though it was on a slab of Douglas Fir, now I need to take the blade out again, file off that little chip off and re-sharpen. But seriously it was a breakthrough, making this plane work after I had completely restored everything myself, and sharpened the blade on my own, I was beside myself. I feel like learning about restoration and how to use planes is really helping me on my woodworking journey, I wish I had learned more about hand tools earlier.
I’m pretty stoked about the restoration of this #4-1/4, I think that my grandpa would be pretty proud, when I showed my dad the plane he didn’t even recognize it at first, he thought it was one I had picked up at an antique shop! Once he realized it was the one he gave me he was pretty impressed, and I was proud to show him the work I’d done.
-- I'm so official all I need is a whistle --