My Hand Tool Journey #8: It Works!

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Blog entry by Kent Shepherd posted 04-05-2010 10:30 PM 4800 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I worked on the iron on my “patron” plane. There was considerable rust and pitting, but I got it working pretty well. I will spend some more time later on the back. I ran out of time for now. The sole was not dead flat. I ran it over my jointer to flatten it . That worked well. As you can see, it does a good job jointing wood.
I’ve never used a plane this big before so it was somewhat ackward at first. I got the feel fairly quickly and began to have some fun.

I didn’t show much detail in sharpening the iron. I used basic methods for any plane iron. I could have shown that, but you can find that anywhere.


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#1 posted 04-05-2010 10:59 PM

Nice work Ken, I have one I pick up at a out door market last fall and have yet to work on it. This may light the fire to get- er- done. Nice ribbons as well a great gift, enjoy…Blkcherry

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 11:11 PM

Kent: some great revisions, to make it a real user.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 04-05-2010 11:15 PM

nice shavings..shows you gave good sharpening skills.. take my hat of to you question.. where did you get that strait edge… been lookin for a good one with measurements

-- jjempson

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#4 posted 04-05-2010 11:17 PM

kent ,

that is awesome .

looks like the old plane it is ,
but it works like one used everyday !

i too , thought a pass over the jointer
was needed .

great restore !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Kent Shepherd

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#5 posted 04-05-2010 11:20 PM

jjempson, At the risk of opening a can of worms—-It is a Bridge City.


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#6 posted 04-05-2010 11:30 PM

great work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 04-05-2010 11:43 PM

The plane is better off than it was…..on a shelf…...buried in a sawdust pile… the woodworking palace of an unnamed craftsman…......My hats off to both of you….....Patron…...for generously sending it to a person who would appreciate it and… Sir…...... for the great job of bring the old guy back to life!!!

Good job…...Enjoy!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 04-05-2010 11:50 PM

Great story, things like this are really fun to read about…..................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 04-06-2010 12:45 AM

I cant believe you got those beautiful curls,
I would never have believed it would work.
Nice job, your talent is showing…


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#10 posted 04-06-2010 03:48 AM

Nice save on this plane Kent. Shows with a little TLC these old tools can still do some great work.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#11 posted 04-06-2010 12:03 PM

im glad to see another old hand tool saved form the rubbish

well done and great job


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#12 posted 04-06-2010 12:52 PM

it has been funny to follow
how fast you have brought
the plane back into the toolbox
and employd it to work for you
it seams to be a very nice
plane to use
congrat´s with the restore


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#13 posted 04-06-2010 01:42 PM

Excellent Save! I have one just like it that needs some attention. Maybe this will inspire me to fix its broken handle and get her in shape.

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#14 posted 04-06-2010 09:41 PM

Kent thats looks good, its down hill from there.

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#15 posted 04-10-2010 08:08 PM

It can still do the business Kent. I can relate to that plane. Old and worn out, but still ready to work after some TLC and a little sharpening.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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