Restoring Hand Planes.. My methods #25: Very rough horned wood plane given a new life.

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Why bother taking the time to restore this plane? It is not worth anything and you can find many just like it for dirt cheap that are probably in much better shape.

I restored this plane because I knew there were only two options. Either I restore it or the plane ends up getting tossed because I doubt many would have even bothered spending the time that I spent on this thing…

The plane looked like it was possibly re-soled once before. the sole that was on the plane was coming apart at the glue joint and was just in really bad shape. I used a chisel to break off the worn sole. Once the old sole was off I jointed the bottom of the plane and glued on a new wood sole. I used a piece of mahogany mainly because I had a piece the right thickness and size.

After the glue dried I used a plane & rasp to flush the new sole with the body.

Now comes the fun part of chopping out the new mouth. Using chisels I carefully follow the old bed as a guide. You want to be really careful not to chip out the mouth when chopping through. I put a strip of masking tape over the mouth area as I was chopping to help prevent getting chip out.

I then planed and sanded the plane body. As I was doing this I noticed that the horn was a little loose. I decided the best way to tighten it back up was to just run a screw through it. I plugged the screw hole with a mahogany plug.

Finished the plane off with some BLO and paste wax.. Sharpened the iron, tuned the chip breaker and got the plane taking some shavings again.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 484 days ago

Great work Dan. Really cool to see a tool meant for work to be put back to its intended use. It’s also nice to see a restoration of the wooden planes, as it seems in most cases it’s usually the metal ones. Really neat to see that. I am not really a hand tool guy, is that a smoother? Or a Jack? Either way, nice job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 484 days ago

i think it was a great move to restore this plane, i believe these old tools deserve the respect , and bringing it back into service is where it belongs, really nice job.and if nothing else, it can be used as a protection against possums,:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 484 days ago

Nice restore and shavings, Dan! And thanks for the lessons…since I have a trans plane that needs more wood on the base…just follow Dan! :)

That’s a cool plane. Based on the shape of the front horn, do ya push or pull this one? Or both?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#4 posted 484 days ago

Kaleb, I have it tuned to be a smooth plane. It is shorter then a metal jack plane.

Grizz- I almost forgot about that whole possum thing.. haha

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 484 days ago

Terry- The way I gripped the plane was with my left thumb/palm around the horn and 4 fingers on my right hand at the back of the plane… It was very comfortable to grip that way so I am pretty sure that is the grip it was designed for.

The plane was made by Ohio Tool co. That is pretty much all I know about it. I see a lot of German planes with the horn style.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#6 posted 484 days ago

Fantastic job , I wish I had the necessary skills to do such a fine job. I guess I’ll stay with turning pens, instant gratification. That works for mw

-- If i'd a knowed you coulda goed I'd a seen you gotta went

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 484 days ago

Great job!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 484 days ago

Something about using a tool that could have possibly built a museum piece…. Hard to believe that hand planes used to be a common tool in most home tool boxes.


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Don W

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#9 posted 484 days ago

great restore as usual Dan.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#10 posted 484 days ago

let no plane die before its time… what a motto to live by.. works for me.. love the work….Papa


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#11 posted 484 days ago

Really nice job Dan. Looks like I have to do the same thing with a smoother. Wish me luck. :)

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#12 posted 483 days ago

Really nice re-store

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 483 days ago

Considering that the really time consuming work on this plane, i.e.; the chiseled throat and the shaped horn was already done, It was surely well worth the effort to restore this plane, and you did a really fine job of it too Dan.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 483 days ago

Excellent Dan. You took a piece of Hurricane Katrina and turned it into a sunny day on a meadow with chirping birds and squirrels frolicking about. Truthfully, the before pics looked so bad that I didn’t think there was any salvaging it. But those shavings prove otherwise.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#15 posted 483 days ago

Wow, it came out great. Its always amazing how these wooden planes can bounce back from such a sorry state.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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