Questions on Jointing

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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 07-08-2008 04:50 AM 1206 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

YES!! I won both eBay auctions for the Stanley No. 7 and No. 8 jointer planes. Here are the photos of these bad boys!

no. 7

Stanley No. 7 seller alleges that this plane was produced between 1885 and 1888 and has a leveler that was only made for a short period of time. We will see. I don’t collect planes, so I didn’t buy this on to set on a shelf and look at. I’m going to sharpen it and put it to work.

no. 8

Stanley No. 8 with a corrugated sole plate. Sorry for the funky crop. The photo was tilted so I rotated it.

I guess I will be at the sharpening station for a few days when the letter carrier shows up.

I have to edge joint 10 foot boards for glue up. Anybody jointed this long of boards and been successful doing this with one of these type of planes?

I guess I could get them close with the hand plane and do the router thing mentioned in the previous blog.

Then I plan on using these planes to joint the top of this big table. Should help me buff up. :-) Look out Arnold. ”I’ll be Bach!” No, that’s back but you know how the Gov-na’ter talks?

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#1 posted 07-08-2008 05:05 AM

Those look like excellent users…

Success at 10’...

Most important thing…Patience.

Patience to do a good solid setup. Make sure you have good working room for the full length.
take your time to mark, lay out your trim to lines.

After this, it’s easy to take the wood off…Knowing when to stop is the challenge.

What kind of lumber are you trying to joint at 10”???

Is this for the conference table?


-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#2 posted 07-08-2008 05:15 AM

I thought I recognized the picture…

That #8 is leaving the Rockies for a good home.

I was off at $50….


-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#3 posted 07-08-2008 06:10 AM

Here’s a piece with a 16’ + chord length based on a 13’ and change radius. It was for window trim . . .Photobucket

There’s no shame in grabbing a scrap or 2x material with a jointed 90 on it to hold beneath the sole to use for a “fence” as you’re jointing. If possible clamp two or more pieces together to have more bearing surface for the sole of the plane. If jointing pieces of the top orient the “show” faces all one direction, say to the left. This way even if you don’t joint a perfect 90 on the edge when you put the show faces together they will fit because the imperfection will offset, i.e. the long edge on the left piece will mate the short edge on the right.

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#4 posted 07-08-2008 05:41 PM


Sorry for the “out bid”. I put that plane on “fool’s bid”. That’s were you put in a max bid so high that only a fool would out bid you. :-) I think I had a max bid of $128.50 on it. I need this plane to finish working on the conference table. Hey, I will let you know when I am finished if I need it or not and let you have first dibs on it. Fair enough?

The wood is quartersawn red oak. Thanks for the tip.

Thanks, Grumpycarp, for the comment and photos. Great tips. I will use them and pass them on when needed.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#5 posted 07-08-2008 06:08 PM

Fools bid

I think that’s what my wife calls all of my e-bay “treasures”...

GC is absolutely right about no shame in ganging the boards together and using another 2”x as a backer to keep square and consistant. Make sure the backer is a comfortable height either low or high… helps prevent the knuckle peel… Hint-use 1/8th’s spacer a little lower between the backer and the stock you’re planing to make up for the side of the throat where the blade doesn’t cut.

If you gang your stock you can make thinner cuts / shaves but still finish quicker with better result.

First dibs are awesome, but I’ll bet that once you have success, you’ll not part with your new treasure.

Good luck , keep us posted.


-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#6 posted 07-10-2008 04:53 PM

Wow! I just got these planes in via USPS. They are beautiful. The No. 7 looks like it has a cocobolo handle. All of the iron is in great shape and blades are ready to be honed. Looks like a night at the sharpening station. Oh, after I log onto eBay and leave some glowing feedback for the sellers. Got to take care of my sellers.

I think I will also look for a No. 6. Got to start a collections. I have been bitten. Look out eBayers, the fool’s bidder is loose in cyberspace. :-)

And, Quixote, thanks for the tip. I hate those skinned up knuckles.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#7 posted 07-10-2008 05:07 PM

Sawdustonmyshoulder- Looks like a great find. I haven’t done any shopping on Ebay not sure how it works. Did find a nice user no.5c in Cedarburg Wisconsin while visiting for $25 had a lot of rust but it cleaned up fine and now it’s where I can grab it quikly and not on a shelf like the rest of the old planes. Glad that you got hooked on the old plane wagon. It happed to me untill the shelves got full. I think long boards a jointed fine with a good plane. Anything over 8 feet on my 6in jointer and I resort to a long plane. The eye works fine for sighting down a board, I think that’s all the early joiners used exclusively. I see that you are new to LJ’s so here’s my welcome since I’m logged on right now. Welcome! bob

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#8 posted 07-10-2008 05:18 PM

Thanks, bobdrnell.

eBay is fun as long as you know the risks. Knock on wood, I have never been burned. I guess I can attribute that too the fact that I have sold and bought from woodworkers. 99.999% of them are nice, honest folks. Must be the sawdust or could just be the craft that attracts that caliber of folks.

I live in Mississippi and we do have a regional newspaper but I would have been really hard pressed to find someone selling this type of tools. eBay is really the world wide classified pages. Look around and try it out.

Thanks for the jointing tip. I can’t wait to try my hand at edge gluing up a panel that I have jointed with one of these planes.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#9 posted 07-11-2008 10:37 PM

Hey Sawdust!

Great find. I bought a number 8 several years ago, under the assumption that a plane in motion tends to stay in motion (more mass, more motion.) I wish I had a 7 at times, for doing board flattening, etc. If you’re interested, I have all the materials at home to figure out when your planes were made, etc. Being a galoot, this is the sort of thing that excites me, so when it comes to older Stanleys, there’s no such thing as a fools bid!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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