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Blog entry by MadJester posted 09-16-2014 09:00 PM 1623 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m just beginning to appreciate the uses I have for hand planes now that I’m doing more projects that are not refinishing in nature…over the past nine months I’ve been collecting an assortment of different ones at yard/estate sales and clean outs…here’s the smallest one and I’m using it to practice with…I’m getting very small shavings, so I’ll have to figure out if it’s the position of the blade, whether I have it sharp enough or if I need to vary up my stones (which I’ve also been hoard…urm…collecting…)

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle



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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 09-16-2014 09:27 PM

Sweet. Be careful though. I have found them to be addictive.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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MadJester

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#2 posted 09-16-2014 11:01 PM

Thanks Chris…I’ve heard the same…I won’t be keeping every one of them that I pick up though…that would be too much…I usually find them at a very good price and then resell them on eBay….right now I have three five inch planes…so two will go up on eBay…no need to have three of the same one…I’m keeping the older of the three…just because I like the features better…I think it’s a Stanley…not sure…I’ll have to check another time…and I’ll probably put it as a blog entry…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 12:08 AM

I admire people using hand tools. Lots of exercise.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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MadJester

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#4 posted 09-17-2014 01:25 AM

Monte, I’ll be the first to admit that I am a slave to power tools….being a woman, I often don’t have the strength to always use hand tools…but there are countless small details that require hand tools, they are a very important part of what we do….my favorite tool would be my guillotine….it’s sort of a really beefy hand tool with the power of an electric tool….love it!! LOL

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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NormG

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 01:45 AM

Congrats and keep learning new processes it is really fun

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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MadJester

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#6 posted 09-17-2014 02:35 AM

Thanks Norm!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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bonobo

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#7 posted 09-17-2014 04:02 PM

I’ve got one of these.

I think this plane was more intended to knock down the sharp corners of components because it’s awfully hard to push and control on flat surfaces and I can’t think of an instance where a #3 or #4 wouldn’t work better.

Looking at the photos again, it seems to me that the blade needs to be flipped so that the bevel faces down ( but I don’t have mine in front of me).

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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MadJester

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#8 posted 09-18-2014 12:51 AM

You’re right bonobo, it does seem to be ideal for knocking off edges and whatnot…(or planing small edge pieces for the little boxes I make…)...but if the blade is the other way around, it wouldn’t work…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Don W

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#9 posted 09-18-2014 01:21 AM

I’m on my phone so I can’t see how the blade is in, but its a bevel down plane. If the blade has a logo, it would go up.

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

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MadJester

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#10 posted 09-18-2014 02:02 AM

In the first pic, you can see the iron…has “Made in USA” on it…bevel up…but it certainly wouldn’t hurt trying to turn it around…hey…you never know! :D

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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mafe

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#11 posted 09-20-2014 07:23 PM

Ohhhh yes, take care, those things seem to become addictive.
It looks like the bed of the plane are app 45 degrees, so I would say the flat side up, even the iron indicates different ad Don says.
Try!
Remember it is as important to flatten the back of the iron, as sharpening the bevel.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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MadJester

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#12 posted 09-22-2014 04:28 AM

Thanks Mads…I will try flipping the iron around…can’t hurt….and yes, I always flatten the back…just one stroke…I’ve been devouring Paul Sellers videos on youtube!!! LOL

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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