Hand plane tote replacement #2: Shaping of my tote

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Blog entry by Scotach posted 07-05-2008 03:50 AM 3826 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Old hand planes, my first attempt at making my own tote Part 2 of Hand plane tote replacement series Part 3: My finished product »

A quick recap of my process. Started out with rough stock 1 inch thick. Traced original tote onto stock. Cut out the new tote on the bandsaw, and drilled the retaining screw bore. After those steps, I started shaping.
shapinf with a rasp

most of the rough shaping is done at this pointHere’s a shot after most of the rough shaping has been done with rasps.
Side by side
Looks great so far

The shaping has taking me longer than expected. I did not have as much time yesterday to get much done, but today I continued shaping with 180 grit sandpaper. I am just a bout 99% done with the shaping. I’ll tune it up and smooth it out with 220 grit tomorrow, and add a finish.

One more order of business to take care of before applying the finish. Finish boring the hole for the retaining screw, and counter sink with a forstner bit on the top of the tote to allow the head of the retaining screw to sit inside of the tote. Any ideas as to what finish to apply to this thing? Should I stain to match the dark front knob or leave it bright?

-- Brian S. --- "If you’ve worked on the building of a boat, it belongs to you the rest of your life." -Bob Prothero

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#1 posted 07-05-2008 05:04 AM

Why not make a new front knob to match? Looks like a nice job you’re doing. I’m not assuming anything, just going by the way you’ve written your blog, but be sure to counter sink with your forstner bit before drilling your bolt hole, other wise the bit will be all over the place.

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Callum Kendall

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#2 posted 07-05-2008 01:40 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 07-05-2008 04:26 PM

Nice job Brian. I agree with Tim since it will be hard to duplicate the knob color, why not make a knob as well then your plane will look super rather than look like it has a replacement tote.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#4 posted 03-16-2009 05:14 AM

This is great!! I have just entered the incredible world of woodworking and bought an old Bailey #5 at a garage sale because I’m trying to not spend a fortune on tools (yet). It looks to be in fairly good shape other than needing a very good cleaning, but the tote is pretty bad and needs to be replaced. I stumbled onto this site and have found some excellent, incredibly detailed instruction!!! One thought that I had was that for locating the angle for the hole that will go thru to the top, it might be easy to lay the original down on its side, run a rod thru to the bottom and trace the entire outline above and below the tote, put the new tote down and transfer the marks. Does that sound like it would work?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#5 posted 03-16-2009 05:35 AM

There are probably several different and better ways of laying out that angle for the bore. Sounds like your idea would work out just fine. Check out this Link that another LJ posted about tote making. Seems that this would be a better way to go, but you would need to make sure the grain of the wood runs basically parallel to the sole of the plane. Glad this post could help out! Best of luck, and let us know when you get it done.

By the way, I still haven’t turned that front knob yet. Hopefully soon!

-- Brian S. --- "If you’ve worked on the building of a boat, it belongs to you the rest of your life." -Bob Prothero

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#6 posted 03-16-2009 03:41 PM

One question I forgot to ask earlier is this: what kind of wood is best?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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