The Basement #27: Copy Cat.........

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 04-14-2012 11:27 PM 4144 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am stuck between projects again…..tons of things I want to do, but can’t pull the trigger on any of them… a couple of little things done while my brain adjusts…

1. Router Plane

I have wanted a router plane for quite awhile and have been checking eBay here and there…...I took a chance a few days ago and bought a Stanley #71 along with a bonus #152 Stanley spokeshave…...$30 plus $8 for shipping.

Here are the before pictures:

At this point I checked this post from SuperDave – and how cool he restored his #71. Dave also helped me identify my #71 as a Type 9, which puts it at 1916-1924. Thanks Dave.

He used metallic paint which looked nice and it turned out I had a rattle can of metallic paint on the shelf…(not sure why?) and it was meant to be…......the after shots:

The plane is missing the front guide thing but it still works good….....And only came with the 1/4” blade.

And the #152 with a bit of scrubbing:

2. Zero Clearance Insert for the Mitersaw:

I just tired of the crappy stock insert – this one is made of IPE:

3. French Cleat Clamp System:

Nothing new here – just keep collecting clamps and built some simple french cleat clamp holders using dimensional lumber and some pocket screws:

Thanks for looking!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 12:34 AM

The #71 came out great, along with the spokeshave. A great $38.00 investment!!!

The ZCI & Clamp racks came out great also. Shop upgrades are always well worth the effort.

Now you just have to find & do a project using the #71, #152, Miter saw & clamps. Eagerly awaiting the blog & project post!!!

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

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 12:53 AM

Nice job with clamp rack
I really do like the zero clearance insert for MS
Nice job

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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Doug Scott

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 01:23 AM

Looks like I need U to organize my shop like yours. Ha
I don’t any more than put away the tool and another job comes in , and out they come , AGAIN !
I’m a full time furniture builder and repairman.
I found lot of my tool the way U are too. Keep it UP ! Saves money .

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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#4 posted 04-15-2012 01:24 AM

Nice work Jeff that router plane looks better then new.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 04-15-2012 01:39 AM

Looking good Jeff. The 71 is looking sweet, have to get me one some day.

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#6 posted 04-15-2012 02:03 AM

Jeff, I am in the same boat. I just cant get started on anything. I looked up at my plane till and the thought of sharpening all the irons and rubbing down each plane crossed my mind. That was all it did was cross my mind. Yesterday I was on the bandsaw when, you know, it has happened to all of us, pow, the blade gave way and Dave left the chair – room – and went into orbit.
Thanks for giving us a glimpse at what you are doing.

Jeff the refurbish on the plane and spoke shave are wonderfully done. You have placed them in a condition that you will want to pick it up and use it. Then think of ways to use them. Now there are a couple of Stanley’s that areback in service. Very nice.

I am collecting parts and pieces for a music box for the wife and I can not get even a basic design that I like. I think tomorrow I need to get on my bike and go for a good ride to clear my head.

The ZCI and clamp racks are a good way to spend the time when you have shop block.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 04-15-2012 10:48 AM

Wow. I wish I could complete projects like you do.
Thanks for the inspiration for the shop, I neec some right now.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 04-16-2012 03:22 AM

Hi Jeff. So you are preparing yourself for unplugged sessions. Looks great to me.

I do also wish completing projects as you do. My parallel and pipe clamps never fall. They just lie in the floor. Need to do something

-- Back home. Fernando

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#9 posted 04-16-2012 12:46 PM

Nice job Jeff. I need to get out in the shop and start getting some of the “small” things done.

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