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Hand Planes #1: Big beast came in the mail today.

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Blog entry by A Slice of Wood Workshop posted 04-16-2012 04:29 PM 1496 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well today I received my big plane. It is 26” long by 3” wide. It is HUGE. Stamped New York Tool Co on the plane and the iron is Auburn Tool Co. It has some wear and tear. The handle needs to be replaced, but the bottom is flat and no major cracks. I’m just getting into the wooden hand planes. Could someone tell me type of wood should be used for the handle?

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood



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racerglen

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 04:49 PM

I’m thinking it’s usualy Beech on those guys..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 05:22 PM

That is what I was thinking, but wasn’t 100% positive.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 05:39 PM

If you’re looking for a match then beech is the ticket. Rather, being you’re not restoring to an original state, i.e. museum restoration, why not explore using a contrasting wood like walnut or something figured? You could also pretty it up by remaking the strike button and/or wedge to match.

Before you go any further, you’ll want to turn the tool upside down and check it for winding. I’ve owned a dozen of these larger size planes and still own some. I just restored one made of live oak that had been refit sometime in it’s life with a custom made brass screw cap. Polished up real pretty. Anyway, the tool had a bit of winding in it but it leveled right out with a few well placed passes from a sharp #4. In the end I still had to close the mouth up to get it to reach its potential.

All in all it is a great education in plane dynamics. And once you make a junkyard dog sing things will never be the same. Good luck.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 05:42 PM

Thanks J.C. I was debating whether or not to make a handle made from a different kind of wood. I first have to get the iron cleaned up. The blade is in decent shape, but lots of crap all over it.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#5 posted 04-16-2012 07:01 PM

I typically look through the scrap pile and find something that will look good. Its almost impossible to match the 100 years of abuse and neglect.

Like this one made of ash.

I will do the same with a missing wedge.

Its all in your taste.

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

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#6 posted 04-16-2012 07:23 PM

Don, I’m jealous of your restore talents.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#7 posted 04-16-2012 07:33 PM

:-)

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

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#8 posted 04-16-2012 10:05 PM

Chuck it looks like you have a bit of work ahead of you. If I can help let me know. Don has brought some back that I would have gave up on.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#9 posted 04-17-2012 01:03 AM

Both of you guys have done wonders on planes. Hopefully this will turn out nice. I have 12 molding planes come to my shop within the next week. Lots of work/learning ahead of me.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#10 posted 04-17-2012 01:17 AM

Before I start prying on this thing to make repairs, how is the tote held on. Right now there are a couple nail half way driven into the tote holding it all together.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#11 posted 04-17-2012 01:27 AM

Most of them by now someone has put a screw or nail in. They were hide glued in. Take care of the mortice.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#12 posted 04-17-2012 01:39 AM

“Take care of the mortice”<——-as in cleaning it up?

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#13 posted 04-17-2012 01:47 AM

Yes. When you make your new tote, a nice neat clean mortice will make like easier.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#14 posted 04-20-2012 09:12 PM

I will watched this video and thought I would give it a shot myself as soon as I am back in the shop and unpacked

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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