It’s been a little while since I posted on this thread about restoring a Stanley Bailey No 7 jointer. I had basically finished the plane last episode, but I hadn’t gotten around to taking pictures (too busy jointing wood, I guess!).
Before I post pictures of the final product, I should say that the tote is still broken. I tossed around the idea of making my own, to the point even where I downloaded specs that would have allowed me to do it. However, here’s the thing. I could spend a couple days worth of shop time making a tote that is probably serviceable, but likely not particularly comfortable, build a couple jigs I probably won’t use more than once, and call it done. I don’t, by the way, own a bandsaw, so doing it on a jigsaw would have been my option. I checked ebay and saw nothing enlightening. A couple of them are on there, but nothing particularly good-looking or particularly cheap. Then, while reading up a bit more, I came across Bill Rittner’s name. Bill keeps a blog that I found to be an interesting read. He also makes plane totes and knobs that are BEAUTIFUL and raved about by some high company (Schwartz, etc). He is currently charging $45 for a tote and knob set made from your choice of cherry or walnut (charges more for rarer woods). I emailed Bill about getting a set, and he got back to me and said it would be a 5 week wait. Happy to do it, Bill. For your product at that price I’d wait a year (please don’t make me, if you read this!)
So, I am posting my not quite finished plane, but once I attach Mr. Rittner’s knob and tote, she’ll be done.
So without further ado, here we go. To refresh:
-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.