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Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #18: My First, Huge Hand Plane Rehab!!!

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It can’t be said that I don’t like a challenge. With that in mind, I decided to undertake an enormous task. This is such a HUGE endeavor, that I’m actually a tinnie tiny bit nervous!!! I am motivated by a couple of LJ’ers to procede with this mighty chore. I was going to credit Bandit571, but he made fun of me today, so he gets no credit. I truely need to credit “Super Electric” Dave Bardin, galoot extraordinaire, for my inspiration. Thanks Dave!!!

I have an antique 24” wood bodied jointer plane, a Stanley Bailey bench plane and a Millers Falls bench plane that all need TLC and/or a restoration. Keep in mind that I have NEVER used, adjusted or tuned a hand plane in my life. Here are the 2 of my planes that need some luvin’:



OPPS, Looks like Stumpy Nubs decided to swoop in for a cameo!!!

This being “Super Bowl Sunday”, I didn’t have all day to restore three hand planes. I mean, there’s cold ones to be consumed!!! So I choose to rehab but one of my planes. I figured I wouldn’t be rushed and could really pay attention to the small details. I wanted to get this right, especially with this being my first hand plane rehab. I also didn’t want to ruin an antique, or potential heirloom, so I chose a different plane than those shown above.

Here are a few “Before” pictures:
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That image is tough to make out. I’ll get a larger image…...
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I think this is a better image….

OK, maybe not a huge plane, but it is still a daunting mission for ME. This Craftsman block plane could be worth millions of $$$ in a few years. I certainly don’t want to devalue it. Hence, my intimidation!!! However, I’m confident as I’m armed with my new WS3000!!! I think I may be up to the challenge….

Now then, we have all seen plane rehabs, so not much I can say that hasn’t already been said elsewhere. Besides there are experts here on LJs that can explain much better than I. So I’ll just post a boat load of pictures to show the process I went through. Sorry, but there are a LOT of pictures….....

This is a clean up, tune and test! I may paint if it works out…..

The heart of the matter, err the SOLE!!!

Yeah I know, OVERKILL, but hey who could blame me???
With the sole polished, time to work the huge iron!!!

I tell ya, I felt like a GIANT trying to sharpen that itty bitty blade!

I also had to file the mouth as it was less than perfect, still is, but a little better. After that, I assembled the plane.

Remember, I have never made a shaving in my life, let alone adjust a plane for paper thin ribbons. It took three or four adjustments to get these shots:

I believe these are referred to as….

”The Money Shot”, I was even able to chamfer the edge!!!

I can now say that I HAVE tuned, adjusted and used a hand plane.
I think bigger things are ahead of me….
Namely, those larger planes that need & deserve my attention….
so I can put them to good use.

Well, That’s the plan at least!!!

-- 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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bandit571

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#1 posted 541 days ago

Great start! The bigger the plane, the easier it is to work on…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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JL7

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#2 posted 541 days ago

Pretty amazing there Randy….....you done good today…...time for a cold one…

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 541 days ago

Bandit,
Thanks, you did motivate me a tinnie, tiny, itty, bit!!!
I really do have a lot to do on my wooden bodied plane.

Jeff,
I didn’t even stock the fridge today. I was having waaaay to much fun working on the plane.
I need to run to the store to get some cold ones. I’ll go during the game, don’t want to miss the commercials!!!

-- 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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Don W

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#4 posted 541 days ago

You should get the Miller ponies. It just seems to be fitting.

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

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boxcarmarty

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#5 posted 541 days ago

That wood looks pretty rough….. Just sell me the blade out of it for $2…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Kreegan

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#6 posted 541 days ago

Very nice job, Randy. For your next trick, I suggest restoring a Stanley #1…

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DIYaholic

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#7 posted 541 days ago

Don,
Thanks for stopping in for my small rehab. I know it doesn’t compare to the work you do.
I was also thinking some Bailey’s would be appropriate!!!

Marty,
I’ll first have to see what I make of it….
Will it be a user or a loser???

Rich,
If you supply the victim, err subject plane….
I’ll attempt a DonW worthy restoration!!!

-- 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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StumpyNubs

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#8 posted 541 days ago

Lookin’ good!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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Dave

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#9 posted 541 days ago

Randy, your hooked….
I new you had it in ya.
That little block plane is one of the handiest things to have on the bench. If you think of it when you are working it is one of the best things to ease an edge.
A mirrored bottom. WOW
The spruce goose made me almost swallow my tongue.
The wooden plane looks pretty bad, but it is worth a good try.
Nice work Randy.
The sharpening system makes it a whole lot easier.
NICE!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Don W

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#10 posted 541 days ago

I’m expecting big things from that wood beauty.

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

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Dave

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#11 posted 541 days ago

Me to Don. Me to.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DIYaholic

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#12 posted 541 days ago

Stumpy,
Thanks for swooping in for a cameo!
Next time try landing and hanging out for a while!!!

Dave,
It was a great running the plane down that (yeah, just pine) board & seeing the curls and feeling the grain!!! ~Very Zen~ There is still much to learn, like to tweak the setup, but that will come. The wood bodied plane will get it’s due consideration and effort from me.
Thanks for the encouragement & motivation. Ya big galoot you!!!

Don,
I will do my best, to make her a handsome user of a plane. However, with a statement like that, from you…...
I really am nervous of my efforts now!!!

-- 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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boxcarmarty

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#13 posted 541 days ago

WOOD…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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bandit571

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#14 posted 541 days ago

Something to shoot for???

Or Marty can try it???

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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DIYaholic

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#15 posted 541 days ago

Marty,
Wood you elaborate…..

Bandit,
I’ll tackle my wood bodied!
Just keep that newfangled transition plane out of Marty’s hands….
He’ll just hang it on his “saw vise” wall!!!

-- 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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