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Misc. Shop Stuff #44: New Life for an Old Foreplane

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 184 days ago 909 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 43: Shop Art ll Part 44 of Misc. Shop Stuff series Part 45: Quick but Necessary Repair »

My son picked up this woody yesterday at auction (back right in the pic), in a box of other stuff, for $1.

The iron is a Butcher, the sole was ‘patch-ready.’ Someone had excavated for a new insert ahead of the mouth but it was either gone or not finished. A donor plane cut up long ago gave me the piece I needed.

Then it was time to ‘joint the jointer,’ if you will.

Something about the left side of this plane that’s amazing. An indent where my thumb goes… Lots of use in this tool’s past, I believe.

Back to work, ready for another century!

Thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 184 days ago

... pretty smooth Smitty. Great Save.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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lysdexic

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#2 posted 184 days ago

How closed is the mouth after the insert? Which begs the question: what is the proposed thickness of shaving and function? Just curious how you decided on the size of the insert.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Don W

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#3 posted 184 days ago

Nice save Smutty. Do you suppose the indent was created purposely or worn in over time from use?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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terryR

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#4 posted 184 days ago

Another great save, Smitty!
I’ll be happy to triple your investment anytime! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 184 days ago

Scotty, I suppose there is a science to what I was supposed to do but it was much more organic (re: random) than all that. Two pictures to tell the story.

Here’s a side-by-side with my other woody, a jack plane that did the shaping on my bench way back when because it was my only plane. The picture shows the front wall of the mouth of each plane post-mod… The Sandusky shows that wall being on a single plane; if I would have added the insert to maintain a single plane on the Butcher, the mouth would have been over 1/2” open. That would have been too much.

I did close it up and added a back-bevel of sorts before gluing in the new piece. Here’s the result, again side-by-side with the Sandusky jack (it on the left, Butcher on the right):

It could have been tightened up a bit more, I suppose, but it is a fore and not a smoother.

I think the indent was over time. The opposite-top-corner is also worn where the left hand would cover the front of the plane in a traditional hold. Finally, the body of the plane is actually thinner from wear at the nose end than at the plane’s tail.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Brad

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#6 posted 184 days ago

Smitty, I love the Butcher logo. It has an 18th century look to it. And it seems to be good iron too.

$1 for all that fun. If movies delivered that much entertainment that cheaply I’d….well no. I’d still prefer woodworking :)

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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Henndoe

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#7 posted 184 days ago

Mmmmmm number 9

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CFrye

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#8 posted 184 days ago

Looking good Smitty! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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lysdexic

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#9 posted 184 days ago

Thanks for the explanation.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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terryR

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#10 posted 184 days ago

Smitty, thanks for sharing the photos of the mouth repair. Got a few of those in line here. I’ve also noticed many of my Sargent trannies have thinner bases near the toe end…

Brad, I think exactly as you about entertainment…my wife is a DVD junkie…buys ‘em by the handful. But, I would rather spend $15 on a vintage tool that needs some cleaning. Heck, an all day cleaning is fine by me! More fun for the buck, plus a user tool when you’re done. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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ToddJB

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#11 posted 184 days ago

Smitty, what sage rearing advise do you have to bestow on those of us with young’ins that will result in them bringing us sweet tools in their adulthood?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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ToddJB

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#12 posted 184 days ago

Double post

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 184 days ago

Todd, all I can suggest is nurture their (constructive) hobbies and they’ll value yours in turn. He knows enough to recognize value at auctions. Folks typically don’t know what these things are, and this particular son likes going to auctions. Since he’s there, might as well find things to ‘track’ because it’s a lot of standing around otherwise.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#14 posted 184 days ago

Well done Dr. Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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ToddJB

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#15 posted 184 days ago

(constructive)

My mind is reeling with all of the non-constructive ones that will pop over the next 20 years. Ha.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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