Wounded Soldier back on the battlefield - The Ohio Tool Co. #4-1/4 Restoration

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Blog entry by 7Footer posted 08-07-2013 09:19 PM 1289 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Chain Hang To My Ding-A-Ling --

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#1 posted 08-07-2013 09:44 PM

Great job putting that back into use. You might not be a journalist but it was a good write-up. That first time when you’re using a smoothing plane and you actually “get it” is a magical moment.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 08-07-2013 09:49 PM

exceptional work.

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#3 posted 08-08-2013 12:53 AM

Looks like a real keeper!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#4 posted 08-08-2013 01:04 AM

Love it. Back to work and proud. Doesnt get much sweeter.

-- "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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#5 posted 08-08-2013 01:34 AM

Some pretty shavings there.

Money shot!

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#6 posted 08-08-2013 01:45 AM


-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#7 posted 08-08-2013 07:16 AM

Looks great, and it still works very well. It has soul.

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#8 posted 08-08-2013 04:30 PM

Thank you all for the compliments!

-- Chain Hang To My Ding-A-Ling --

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#9 posted 08-08-2013 04:57 PM

7, that’s some great stuff there!

Congrats on the refurb and your first (huge!) steps into hand tool woodworking. I can tell your excitement by the pics you took of the shavings. Totally cool, and like Stef says, it don’t get much sweeter. Rock on!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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