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Handplanes #1: I didn't know it was going to be this addictive.

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Well guys,
Let me start off by saying I have always admired old tools. There is something wonderful about holding a tool that a great craftsman may have used to make extraordinary with furniture a hundred years ago. Combine this with my new fascination with hand tools and I knew it was only a matter of time before I tried my hand at handplanes.

It started out with the Veritas apron plane, which led to many ebay purchases. I have to say I could not have dreamed of a better finnish than these planes provide. My days of sanding are over for the most part. I have done a little to improve the way these planes work although nothing has been done cosmetically. All have been sharpened and most have been properly fettled. Here they are:
Hopefully this works, I haven’t uploaded a picture before!

We have a Stanley No5 and No4 from the 1940’s, a “Made In England” No 4, 60 1/2 block plane, Veritas apron plane, and a No 51 spokeshave.

All of these were purchased from ebay besides the No 51 spokeshave and the Veritas of course.

As well I have these two on the way from ebay, should be here this week.


A Type 3 No. 7 Stanley


A No. 92 Stanley

I will be updating this blog with my progress as I finnish these planes as well as any more purchases. Right now I have my eye on two wooden jointer planes, a matching pair that have been painted green, yes blade and all! I would imagine some mainlander thought is was a novel idea to display these on their step when they found them at a yardsale for 10 dollars. One is about 36 inches long the other is 25 inches. I hope to pick these up the week. There is quite a supply of wooden planes in Newfoundland. Our ancestors were always behind the times, which isn’t such a bad thing I suppose. It certainly makes for some interesting tool finds! Thanks for reading guys.

Dennis

-- My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.



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Newfounlandwood

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#1 posted 1563 days ago

I see I need some work on my photo sizing. There was a apron plane and a spokeshave in the top photo as well ;)

Dennis

-- My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1563 days ago

Your collections growing looks good

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Zuki

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#3 posted 1563 days ago

That’s a fine collection Dennis. I don’t know much about planes, however I do believe that I should get an all purpose one (if that is possible) as an upgrade to the el cheapo Canadian Tire block plane that I have now.

Oh . . . did you track down the disks for your WS3000?

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Newfounlandwood

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#4 posted 1563 days ago

Jim, thanks for the comment.

Zuki,
I would recommend getting getting an old #5 Stanley Jack Plane. I can set up mine to do most tasks, from heavy removal, to jointing small surfaces, and smoothing as well. I got mine for 35 dollars on ebay, it is a type 17 (1944)I believe. These planes are not as pricey as planes made before WWII due to the planes being a mix of parts from other eras because of materials shortage during the war. Alot of people do not want them. However they work quite well and the bed casting is heavier than pre WWII planes. If you want a hand sorting through the junk on ebay just let me know. I’ve been reading quite a lot about old Stanley’s.

As for the worksharp discs, I have found a supplier for the discs, Rockler sells them for $15. Rideout’s is $25; too bad because I would love to order local. Oh well, I guess I can get one of those nifty mugs and some bench cookies while I’m at it. ;)

I think I was misunderstood though. I was wondering did anyone have a source for adhesive sandpaper , that you could cut to size for the discs. I know Lee Valley sells 3m micro abraisive, but not in a high enough grit for my liking.

Dennis

-- My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

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Newfounlandwood

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#5 posted 1563 days ago

Oh Zuki,
As well Livyers Antiques downtown has a sweet Sargent smoother plane for $35. I’m not sure how old it is but it seems to be in great shape. FYI.

Dennis

-- My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

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oluf

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#6 posted 1563 days ago

When those “ancestor” woodworking ship builders droped one of thier wooden jointers it didn’t sink to the bottom of the bay. You wood be hard pressed to tell from the results what kind of a plane was used. Some great ships were built in Newfoundland.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#7 posted 1563 days ago

excellent user collection. hopefully you havent missed the wonderful addition of card scraper to your collection and battle against sanding :-)

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docholladay

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#8 posted 1563 days ago

Don’t neglect the Stanley No. 3. That one has always been my personal favorite. It is light enough in weight that it doesn’t make you exhausted and it just fits the hand so well. Also as one commenter wrote, don’t neglect a No. 5 size either. I have a 5 that I use for some smoothing as well as jointing shorter pieces and I have second one that I have set up specifically to use like a scrub plane.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Newfounlandwood

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#9 posted 1563 days ago

Oluf- Yes I am well aware of that. It is quite a treasure to have so many of theses planes around. I think the main reason they used these, even in my Grandfather’s time was because they were free for the most part and they worked well. I have no doubt that planes this size were surely used by a ship builder.

AaronK-No scrapers yet, but that is coming ;)

Docholladay- Yes, I have been keeping an eye out for a good user #3. I have never used one but I can imagine it would be nice for small tasks where a #4 is clumsy.

Dennis

-- My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

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Joe Watson

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#10 posted 1562 days ago

there is a reason most guys call it a slippery slope. i bought one plane and now have 9.

-- Got Wood?

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Alonso

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#11 posted 1562 days ago

I have to agree with Joe… I started with a No 3….. many ebay and flea market purchases later and now I have 25+

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

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#12 posted 1562 days ago

I think the 36 and 25 jointer planes will be a good add. to your colection
but you proppeply have to strip them for paint otherwise they will warp
if you only do it on the soles
you will allso discover that using wooden planes is a hole new world to you
vs. metalplanes
I don´t know if you have seen Kents blog on rehabing an old jointer but here they are

http://lumberjocks.com/KentS/blog/14855
http://lumberjocks.com/KentS/blog/14893
http://lumberjocks.com/KentS/blog/14978

good luck on the journey in to the silent handtool world

Dennis

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canadianchips

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#13 posted 1562 days ago

Oh Oh.
If going from 1 plane to 9 is called a slippery slope.
What would we call someone that has over 350 ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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bigike

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#14 posted 1562 days ago

yea it started for me like this too now i have way to many planes and i really don’t want to give them up. My plane till i loaded and overflowing, now i’m in the process of getting some new hock and pinnicle blades for a few of the planes i have needed and wanted blades for for awhile.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Newfounlandwood

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#15 posted 1561 days ago

Canadianchips, 350?! That I would like to see. I can see how the addiction starts though. Right now I’m just trying to buy what I will use in the shop. I don’t have a jointer, I hate sanding, and I love doing joinery by hand. So naturally the planes I have will get used. I DO catch myself watching planes on ebay, planes I don’t really need but they sure are nice ;)

Dennis

-- My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

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