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Stanley No: 40 Brace- Refurbishment #1: My Stanley No: 40 Brace

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This is a photo taken with my iPhone of the brace being refurbished. I’m really just getting to grips with downloading using the iPhone and Photobucket?? Hopefully it is successful?

OMG it works!

In this pic you get a closer look at the chuck body-

This is held in a ‘cheapo’ vice I bought from ‘ALDI’ (Wal-Mart, but even cheaper, to our American cousins) years ago. It is very handy cos you can adjust it to suit what you are doing.
It originally had a sucker pad on the bottom to attach it to the work bench etc., but it didn’t work so I pulled it off and screwed it to a mounting.
The mounting is actually a simple Robert Wearing jig for holding your work pieces together when you mark out the pins- through the dovetails you have just cut.

I also like to use these magnetic tool holders to hold ‘fiddly’ small parts in situ whilst I wire brush them. This tool holder is clamped to the table of my bandsaw.
The next one is clamped in the bench vice to hold this saw plat in place while I clean it up.

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit



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#1 posted 902 days ago

Looking good John. The No. 40 is a great workhorse. I have one also.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#2 posted 902 days ago

That’s coming along nicely.

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

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#3 posted 901 days ago

How are those planes hanging in the background?

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

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#4 posted 901 days ago

Hi Don. I’m not surprised you spotted them. I saw your 55 ’ York pitch smoother you made with the spare no. 4 frog you have. I want to make one myself sometime.
David Charlesworth showed me how to put a ” back bevel’ on the plane cutter to get around the tear out problem when using a standard 45’ frog. But I still would like a dedicated smoother like you have built. Great to see:-)

I can tell you are a “Plane Enthusiast’. I must admit I am too. I don’t have a big collection but I currently have five no. 5 1/5’s. Two of em tuned up and two waiting to be refurbished. Of course there is my treasured L-N. then I have two no. 4 1/2’s, one tuned, the other to refurb. Then a couple of no. 4s, one tuned the other in bits. Lastly a no3 Quansheng bedrock ( same as the river..?) forgot the name you have in US) which are cheap versions of the LN’s, but very good non the less.

I do intend to tell the story of each one in my blog at some point in the future- what & why sort of thing.

Cheers
John

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#5 posted 901 days ago

I had to smile at “Plane Enthusiast”. More like a friggin Plane physco. Just look at Andy’s signature, it says it all.

So your saying you will at some point explain how those planes manage to suspend themselves. I only ask because I am always looking for a new way to display another hand plane.

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

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#6 posted 901 days ago

Hi Don
‘Plane Insane’ I was gonna say, but I was being polite:-)
There is no great secret as to how my planes & chisels etc. are hanging? They are simply magnetic tool holders. I’ve used them for years now. Also nothing takes any hurt from them. They all stay put.
Here in the UK I pick them up at ‘ALDI’ a local supermarket. They come in a pack of two bars and two trays for approx. £8.00 (around $15).
The trays are very handy when you pull a plane to bits, you don’t lose any parts? Well that is the theory.

Woodwork, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

Woodwork, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

Woodwork, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

Woodwork, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#7 posted 901 days ago

Thanks Johnny. That looks interesting. Is that a maple tip on the rosewood tote? I like it.

I can always be fussy. I use whatever containers I can find.

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

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#8 posted 900 days ago

Jeez Dan. 9 Frogs…..........! It’s space you need, not containers! I must show the missus this one? lol

Cheers
John

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#9 posted 900 days ago

Hi Guys
What am I doing wrong with my photos? 1/3 is missing to the right? Is it cos I took them landscape?

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#10 posted 900 days ago

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

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#11 posted 900 days ago

Dan- The Tote on that 5 1/2 came with the plane. It looked like any other, until I stripped it back and revealed the lovely wood. What wood it is I have no idea? I’ll show a better photo etc. in a blog at some point.

Cheers
John

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#12 posted 900 days ago

Hey Dan- That’s a lot of shiny black paint too!
You can have them in any colour you like as long as it is Black! Any size cutter you want as long as it is 2 3/8” LOL. Brilliant.

Do you use STD Stanley cutters or do you replace em with thicker ones? Also the chipbreakers?
Cheers
John

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#13 posted 900 days ago

I typically keep everything I can original. If you look through my blogs and projects, you’ll find by the time I pick ‘em up, they need substantial work (with a few exceptions of course). This set is a little unique. I travel for work, so I walked into a antiques center about 1400 mile from home and found these. It was the second time I’d found some plane in this shop. My suit case was much heavier on the way home.

The the following week end my wife and I were out doing a little antiquing and one of the antique shop dealers was in an extremely bargaining mood, so I came home with these.

The S4 will sit beside my S5, just because.
I got an Ohio tools 6 in one bunch and a Ohio tools 7 in the other. I considered that a sign, so I might have started a Ohio Tools bench plane collection.

The rest, the normal #4 and #5’s Ill resell to help sustain my habit.

Have you been in the Hand Planes of your dreams thread? There is lots of interesting conversations you’d be interested in.

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

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#14 posted 900 days ago

Thanks Don- It was that thread that got me here in the first place. Haha

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#15 posted 900 days ago

Just between you and me Johnny, its DON not DAN. Dan is another bloke. :-)

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’ve no idea why I called you Gary when I replied above. LOL.

Must have been a senior moment. I seem to have a lot of them lately.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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