Making a Traditional Style Wooden Jointer #5: Final tote shaping, glued in place, and little details

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 08-09-2013 03:58 AM 7663 reads 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So the last place I left off, we were making shavings. The plane wasn’t in ideal form, but it was certainly functional.

This won’t be too picture heavy of an update, but I have made some progress.

I reshaped the front of the tote so the blade wouldn’t rest on it.

The before:

The after:

Plenty of room now. I also glued the tote in, and did the final shaping. The back now eases into the plane body on the back instead of how I left it before.

Then it was time to throw some adhesive back sandpaper on the bench and get flattening

I probably did this in the wrong order, but it’s ok. I then cut the front and back to length.

I ended up making it 32” long, as that just looked “right” to me.

After those were cleaned up with a float, I grabbed the #3 and made a nice chamfer on the top edges to ease into the sides a little better. Then I used a float and a half round file to carry that bevel down to the front, and ease back into square. This is probably my favorite style for these old wooden planes.

Then, it was time to make shavings again

And I couldn’t stop. Then I saw the pile on the floor (only the maple and pine shavings are from testing, the oak and mahogany behind it are from something I just finished up). I thought I should stop and clean up at this point.

But how can you say no to this?

I sure couldn’t…

As for the test piece of curly maple?



And that’s it for now. Next up will be applying some finish. I was thinking about danish oil on everything but the sole, and the bed/wedge. For the sole I’ll probably use just paste wax, or find some renaissance wax… thoughts?

As always, glad you could join me :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 08-09-2013 05:44 AM

Wow….nice work, great looking shavings too.

-- Vince

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 07:16 AM

So, Mos, what would the ‘right’ order be? lol I think you could’ve made another plane from the wood you turned into shavings! Could you please explain the no oil on ” the sole, and the bed/wedge”? Looking forward to seeing her finished!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 09:54 AM

That is one sexy looking plane you made there Mos. Not sure Danish oil is right for it though, but I’m sure Don will correct me ‘cause I have no basis for saying that other than it didn’t sit right with me when I read it. LOL.

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

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 12:15 PM

Very nice jointer Mos. I’ve never had great luck finishing maple, but Danish oil should be ok. And I’m not saying it’s right or wrong but I usually finish the sole to match the plane, then add the wax.

Candy, you keep oil off the wedge and bed to maintain holding power. Oil can make it slick.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 08-09-2013 12:58 PM

Awesome Mos. Well done!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 08-09-2013 01:53 PM

I really like the reshaping you did on the tote, as well as the beveled edges—very professional. Overall, a really nice job, Mos!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#7 posted 08-09-2013 01:55 PM

Very impressive work, Mos!
Those awesome shavings say all there is to be said…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 08-09-2013 02:01 PM

Thanks everyone, it felt great to be making shavings with it finally done (obviously, as illustrated by the pile on the floor lol).

Brit and Don,
I’m having some reservations about the danish oil myself as well to be honest. I used it on the mallet I sent to Jim for the swap, which had a maple head, and it seemed to turn out ok. I may just wax it and call it good. I don’t think it would matter much with the hard maple anyway.

CFrye, as per what Don said, no finish on the wedge and bed so it has better holding strength on the iron. Also, I probably should have cut it to length before flattening the sole, as I was flattening more than was used for the final plane. In this case not too much, only about 4”, but it’s added effort regardless.

Terry and the interesting thing about those shavings is that they’re made with a mouth that’s this wide

I was a little surprised by how fine of a shaving I could get with it like that

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#9 posted 08-09-2013 04:11 PM

That’s so cool Mos! Awesome jointer.


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#10 posted 08-09-2013 05:21 PM

Understand about not wanting the wedge/bed to be slick, what about the sole? Would the oil transfer to the piece you are working on? NO finish at all on the wedge/bed? Will it not absorb moisture and warp?

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 08-10-2013 02:34 AM

I guess depending on the finish it might. It may not be an issue at all either. I guess I’m not sure at all what I’m going to do for finish now lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#12 posted 08-10-2013 11:33 AM

I’ve oiled everything and it worked ok. Its just possible you may need to rough it up after.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#13 posted 08-17-2013 01:11 AM

Beautiful job. I’m jealous.

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#14 posted 01-06-2015 02:09 AM

Very nice plane. How about a coat of BLO, with wax on the bottom once the BLO dries? I’ve read where they used to jam a rag in the t he oat and fill it with BLO when restoring wooden planes.


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#15 posted 01-06-2015 03:30 AM

Thanks! I ended up using taping off the back of the wedge, and the bed, and then used Danish Oil for the finish. Seems to be working well so far, though I may need to add another coat of Danish Oil, there’s a few spots that look dried out

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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