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Hand Tool Journey #3: One down.. and the next set of victims

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 02-04-2013 04:11 AM 1294 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Planes, Pains and Automobiles.. Part 3 of Hand Tool Journey series Part 4: I have officially fallen down the rabbit hole.. and the Misses has followed me! »

I am not much of a fan of football so today’s game I could give fewer you know whats about. So I spent the day in the shop finishing up my cheepie plane tune up. I got the blade finally honed and sharp. I then sanded the paint off the sides since I had scratched it up a bit I also removed the paint from the area where the blade contacts the base. The back of the blade is bare but there is a coating on the top side which doesn’t seem to interfere with anything so I left that alone.

Once reassembled and blade depth set I grabbed a scrap piece of pine and tested it out and I have a couple “money shots” for you guys. This little guy has turned into a usable tool to add to the shop surprisingly so I am pleased with the work I spent on this.

Here are the after pics..

Money Shots!! My first full length paper thing shaving!

Now since that went so well I felt a little better about purchasing another Buck Bros plane. This one actually got some decent reviews online and from what I have read it just needs a couple tweaks to make it a good little “learning” hand plane (the wordage used in multiple reviews). It is a 14” “No. 5” Jack Plane for $34.

I haven’t had a chance to use it yet but, first impressions are that it seems to have good “bones”. It is superior in quality to the other BB plane I just finished tuning and has a lot of features you find on some of the more expensive models. So for under $40 I have taken a chance on it and we shall see how it goes. I still need to hone the blade and clean off the shipping goo from the bottom and sides. I’ll update you guys on how it works.

I am still waiting on my new model Stanley No 4 to arrive (supposed to be here Thurs). Again full review once that arrives too.

Till then these “Bros” will be what I have to work with..

Another find from this weekend is a cross cut hand saw from our local thrift shop. We were in there Saturday looking for baby stuff and some maternity cloths for the wife and I spotted this among the detritus laying about. The handle needs some work and the blade needs to be cleaned but for $3 it cuts good and fast so it’s a keeper.

Does anybody recognize this emblem? Is it a clue to the brand? I figure it is just a random cross cut saw but ya never know..

It seems I am on my way down the rabbit hole and keeping to your warnings I have resisted the urge to start trolling flea bay but…. that might not last long!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"



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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 03:17 AM

Congrats on tuning up your small BB plane. Nice ribbon!

Re: the hand saw. The medallion could be cleaned up a bit with a wire brush. It does provide a clue to the hand saw’s maker, unless it’s been switched. I suggest cleaning the medallion up and reposting a picture along with the tote and the dimensions of the plate on this forum. Lots of saw experts hang out there.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 03:27 AM

Nice rehab on your BB plane.

I am also venturing into the realm of handtooldom and spent yesterday rehabing a plane. I didn’t get as thin as a shaving as you, but I did get “The Money Shot”, posted in my blog!!!

Good luck with the addiction, err hand tool journey!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Airframer

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 04:29 AM

Thanks for the heads up on the forum. I posted the question here with some additional information.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 04:43 AM

@Airframer—The link in your last post seems to be broken.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 04:54 AM

Shoot.. yep I had posted the forum question in the wrong spot and deleted that one and reposted it. I then forgot to update the link! Here ya go! http://lumberjocks.com/topics/46305

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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