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Misc. Shop Stuff #58: Block Plane with a Fence?. Yup.

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-01-2017 11:38 PM 1076 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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NOTE: This is a recap of several posts made to the Epic Thread back in November 2016 that I’ve just now decided should be it’s own blog post. Just because.

So, here we go.

I’ve had this customized #120 for a long time now (Aug 2013), just gave it a re-look tonight. Always liked the custom cap, appreciated the careful shaping along with the smart adjuster / set screw. Pics don’t really do the plane justice, but the user-made cap is serious workmanship. It’s done right, very symetrical, and incredibly effective. There’s a machine bolt threaded through the hardwood (maple maybe?) cap used to tighten everything up. So the tool deserves respect in that regard – it’s a survivor! Also noticed the two holes tapped on the plane’s left side. Well, I found machine screws to fit tonight and decided to make a fence for the plane.

With the fence attached and glued, up we’ll see when it’s done if the fence is square to the sole of the plane or if adjustments with a bit a smoothing are needed. A fenced block plane is kinda unusual to my mind. I have a Stanley #386 jointer fence but never use it. We’ll see if this one stays on a #120.

A bit of shaping with the TFWW toolmaker’s rasp, then oil:

And it works good!

Fence wraps under the sole, and adusting iron gets a square edge. Interesting. This might be a permanent tool tote resident.

That’s all, thanks for looking.

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



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duckmilk

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#1 posted 01-02-2017 02:53 AM

I have a #386 fence also that I’ve used twice. Found it somewhat cumbersome. Very nice creation on that one Smitty. Let us know how it works in the long run.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 01-02-2017 03:11 AM

And I know at least one craftsman, Kevin, that uses his fence and loves it. I’m with you though.

I will, Duck.

If these tools could talk, we might learn if the lever cap on this #120 got lost, or if it broke, or if the owner simply hated it and built a better replacement. And we might learn why he felt the need to put a fence on a block plane in the first place; it’s not typical. Especially on a tool that’s not very good in the first place, when compared to other blocks in the Stanley lineup.

All that means, I have a jointer, and habit’s that don’t lead me to want a fenced block. But I’ll see if it’s ever something that I reach for. I think the plane is complete in the way it was modified, just don’t know if it’s practical for me. Will keep you updated (yeah, long answer, right?)

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

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#3 posted 01-02-2017 03:14 AM

Nice, a Stanley edge plane equivalent (No.95 I think), being Left handed I may follow your lead.

I have the MF jointer fence mounted on a transitional and will use it on longer stock.

Also wanted to make sides for a block that will adjust up and down to accurately dimension small stock.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#4 posted 01-02-2017 03:22 AM

Nice tool Smitty. How do you like the rasp?

If anyone wants to temporarily loan out the 386 I’d like to try it. Mine is an EC Stearns and the think the 386 is slightly larger. I’ll pay shipping both ways. Also looking to try a MF 88.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 01-02-2017 03:47 AM

Oh I love that rasp. Had it awhile now, definitely a keeper. Let’s im about the fence…

Tim, if it gives you an idea for a tool you can use, it was certainly worth posting. Hope it works!

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

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shipwright

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#6 posted 01-02-2017 04:13 AM

Nice one Smitty.
..... and I have to tell you that I love your signature line. I laugh every time I see it. I’ve even been known to give it out as advice to other people …... truly words of wisdom …. nobody needs their hand planes pissed off at them .. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#7 posted 01-02-2017 10:18 AM

Glad it entertains anyone besides me, Paul. :-)

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

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#8 posted 01-03-2017 03:46 PM

Interesting Smitty. I’ll be curious if it finds a niche for itself in your work.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 01-17-2017 02:09 PM

Sweet.
Lovely little plane.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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