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Blog series by Tugboater78 updated 09-29-2013 05:27 AM 4 parts 6595 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: Setting a stage

05-29-2012 07:05 AM by Tugboater78 | 9 comments »

I have always aspired to do something creative. I love the challenge and the rewards of taking an idea and bringing it to reality using my mind, heart, and hands. I grew up as a farmer, cattle, pigs, chickens, tobacco, milking to some extent as well. My papaw on my fathers side taught me those skills, as well as other things. My maternal grandfather was a handyman, businessman, and teacher. He taught me many different things. Repairing things around the house, fixing lawnmowers, and woodwo...

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Part 2: his planes

06-07-2012 02:37 AM by Tugboater78 | 2 comments »

Here are the 3 hand planes that my Grandfather owned. Now i have no real experience with hand planes other than having someone set them up and letting me piddle with them, but it is a skill I would like to learn. Since these obviously need some work to get them back in shape, I figure this would be a good way to learn. Hopefully with some help from this community, i can restore these back to some good working order. All the blades are dull and completely out of align, even my novice self know...

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Part 3: stanley #5

05-16-2013 05:49 AM by Tugboater78 | 6 comments »

before pics don’t show much but here is my grandfathers T17 #5. Stained hardwood, rubber depth knob, 1 piece knob and tote screws, frog adjustment and has the lever cap with the Patent date. The Tote was broken near the foot and the japping was 75% shot. Not too much rust, just dirty and neglected really. So I stripped the rest of the japping,repainted with several coats of Hammered Rustoleum. Replaced the wood with walnut pieces crafted by TerryR and acquired 2 piece brass screws. La...

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Part 4: stanley 120 restore

09-29-2013 05:27 AM by Tugboater78 | 4 comments »

As shown in part 2 i had a Stanley 120 that was my grandfathers, i finally got around to cleaning it up.it was pretty crusty and the japping was completely shot Not much else to say, I haven’t gotten around to making any shavings with it, as the blade is still in bad shape. It was obviously sharpened by grinder, and has a serious uneven radius. Working on at least getting the bevel consistant across the radius, figured may as well use it as a scrub block if i even do use it. Here ...

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