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With everything ready to go, I decided to try my hand at my Douglas Fir boards that need to be glued up. Again, I have never in my life held a plane let alone used one…so this was fun!

I actually learned pretty easily. The fact that my blade was ridiculously sharp helped alot. After adjusting the lateral and depth gauges, it was actually not difficult at all. Here is my first board:

board

Here’s a close-up. You can’t really tell, but the surface is like glass!
Surface

Shavings:
Shavings

How thin were the shavings? I have no idea. I don’t have a digital caliper or micrometer…whatever is necessary to measure these thinner-than-paper shavings…but they are thin:
Thin

In about 10 minutes, I was able to give my boards the slight planing adjustments they needed for the top to be glued up properly. I have to say that I was stunned at how relatively easy this was considering how much I had heard that hand-planing is a very difficult thing to do. It certainly involves a lot of work…my arms got a good workout, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had imagined.

So there you have it. In my short time doing woodworking, this has been by far the most rewarding thing that I have done. It feels great to be able to take some old tools and make them workable again. I can’t wait to go use these babies soon again. Having no experience doing this, and learning everything from library books, youtube videos and internet blogs, I can honestly say that if I can do this anyone can!

-- Making mistakes is essential in learning woodworking.



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WayneC

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#1 posted 1600 days ago

I think that the difficulty factor has come from people trying to use lower cost modern planes such as a buck or stanley you would get at Home Depot or Lowes.

Looks like your well down the slippery slope.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Alonso

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#2 posted 1600 days ago

From this point and on you will not be able to stop trying to restore more and more planes….. I did happened to me too…..
Those are some nice shavings… good job

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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WayneC

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#3 posted 1600 days ago

Alonso, how is your plane sale coming?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Alonso

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#4 posted 1600 days ago

4 bids and 96 watchers….. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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bern92

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#5 posted 1600 days ago

Nice work! Like Alonso said you’re hook up now….....but it’s a good addiction…..........HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM hand plane….lol

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LucasinBC

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#6 posted 1599 days ago

Thanks for the kind words everyone! I had read that it’s much better to restore an old pre WWII plane than it is to buy a cheap new one (Groz, Buck, etc.) I have never used any planes so I have no point of reference, but I can definitely say that fixing up an old plane is actually not that hard assuming all the parts are intact. You are all right though…I find myself with only two planes…I am already looking forward to picking up another… I have lots of room for more!

-- Making mistakes is essential in learning woodworking.

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