Hand Plane Restorations ( the fleet is pierside)

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Blog entry by ShipWreck posted 04-26-2012 10:13 PM 7249 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got some real down time over the past week and finished up with the Plane restorations. I cheated on the #5 by getting it from a winning Ebay bid. I saw how clean this thing was and had to go after it. It is almost pristine other than light pitting on the lever cap. I have (3) other #5 planes thast I am going to make one good user out of. The #4 required a moderate amount of work because I wanted to make it shine. I gave it the “works” with sole and side lapping, lapping the frog seating areas, and adding a “Hock” blade. The #7 looks pretty ugly sitting next to the others but I have not done a thing to it besides a extensive cleaning, opening the mouth, and adding a “Hock” blade. It was almost ready to use when I recieved it.

The 3 spare blades in the picture were basically used for freehand sharpening retraining. I actually got the hang of it again before I ruined them. I am going to put a heavy camber on one of them for a scub blade.

The block and shoulder planes are the new Stanley SweetHearts that I got for a song and a dance.

I would recommend that anyone with a little mechanical aptitude make thier first plane a restoration project. You can pick up on so many little things along the way.

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David Craig

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#1 posted 04-26-2012 10:31 PM

Nice collection you have going. I started with buying a block plane at the big box store because I read that they come in handy for power tool users. Now I have 3 blocks planes, a scrub plane, smoother, jack, 2 jointers, a shoulder, and a circular. I had to make myself stop :) Good advice on restoration. I would recommend any plane user to get at least one to tinker with. Blades get dull, soles need flattening, frogs need tweaking. Used or new there is no way to avoid it. Might as well get familiar at the get go.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 04-26-2012 10:35 PM

Nice job.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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Don W

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#3 posted 04-26-2012 11:52 PM

nice job. Its great to the see the old planes back in service.

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

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#4 posted 04-27-2012 06:29 AM

Nice collection friend…

-- Dont just dream it, get up and live it!

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#5 posted 04-27-2012 08:53 AM

Nice pickup!

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#6 posted 04-27-2012 09:59 AM

Nicely done, so….what song and how high did your heels go in the dance for the Sweethearts ?


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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