My Hand Tool Education #1: My First Hand Plane - Stanley #5

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Blog entry by Matt posted 04-05-2009 06:32 PM 3491 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Rather than code a bunch of pictures into this post, here is a link to my Flickr Set for this plane.

So, recently I’ve taken an interest in hand tools. I don’t own any vintage or nice ones (unless you count this one) but that may change really soon. I have always been a history buff so that part of it appeals to me as well. I think being able to go out to my shop and having some nice quiet time working with wood would be very satisfying. Rather than go through my educational process again, you can visit the thread I started a couple of weeks ago. It has been a wealth of info (Thanks ‘Jocks!’). Here is the thread.

Armed with that, I took the plunge. That’s the way I work. I now have the plane so I have to ‘care for it’. That motivates me to learn more about it. I picked up the Garret Hack book from Amazon. I have begun to research sharpening, tuning, cleaning, restoring (if I want to), lapping, etc. I am a bookworm/knowledge sponge so I’m already finding it very stimulating.

I picked this plane up on Ebay for $21.00 + shipping. Total, it came out to less than $30.00. It arrived in 3 days, to my suprise. On a whim, I adjusted the blade to just touch the wood when I sat the plane on the wood and gave it a little push. It made a nice little curly shaving. It wasn’t full blade width but it was very thin. I’ll call this moment, “My First Success”. hahaha Already I’m lovin’ the little gal and I’m already on the hunt for a #4, #7, and a block plane just to give me a starter set.

I linked to my Flickr Set to give everyone a better look at the plane and give me some feedback. I shot them with a Canon S5IS in macro mode. Which, coincidentally, is an awesome ‘point and shoot’ camera. I highly recommend them.

I’m still looking for some decent chisels too.

Thanks for all the learnin’ guys!

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#1 posted 04-05-2009 10:37 PM

Great looking plane, only a small bit of damage on the tote but all the metal looks great. Have fun tuning that baby up and making shavings.

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#2 posted 04-06-2009 02:36 AM

Thanks Kenn. I can’t wait to get the shop put back together so I can do just that!

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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