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Handplane Restoration #17: Aw Screw it

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 06-22-2007 06:19 AM 2785 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: New Candidates Part 17 of Handplane Restoration series Part 18: Stanley #78 Duplex filletster and rabbet plane »

I have not been working on this series or any real projects for that matter for quit a while. I have been working very long hours at my day job and really not feeling too motivated. Perhaps I caught some of that bug that was affecting Mot a bit back.

I have a nice early type 9 or so Stanley #4 I want to restore as part of the set I am putting together. You can go back to post one to see my overall plans if you want, but, iin a nutshell, I plan to assemble a complete set of old Stanley Bench planes. Number 1 to number 8 and all of the odd sizes in between.

I purchased the Stanlye #4 off of ebay a little while back. It has a broken tote, which is easy to repair and then upon further inspection I discovered that the blade adjustment knob is frozen. I’m not sure I will be able to repair it and I guess I may need to find a approprate parts plane and replace the frog.

Anyway last weekend, I was in woodcraft getting my father’s day present. I’ve shown pictures of it elsewhere, but will show a photo again here in the event you missed it.

Father's Day Present

It is a Lie-Nielson #1 and it is sitting next to my #8 to show the difference in size between the smallest and largest bench plane. While I was looking at the #1, I saw that Woodcraft had the #4s on sale and decided to screw the plans to have all old Stanleys and buy myself a birthday present (I had already conceded on the idea of original Stanley Bailey #1 and #2s because of cost). This was last Sunday. Tonight I grapped the WorkSharp and sharpened the blade and put the plane to work. Here are some photos of it in action. It is a sweet plane and the experience of making paper thin shavings makes it worth every penny.

Lie-Nielson #4 Smoothing Plane

With Shavings

With Shavings

Close-up of a shaving

I now have every plane in the series except for the #2. I’m guessing this will be another Lie-Nielson unless I get lucky along the way. I have restored the planes up through the #5. I have the 5 1/2, 6, 7, and #8 to go. Anyway have a great night.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov



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Obi

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#1 posted 06-22-2007 06:25 AM

them’s perdy… I want a smoother… and the worksharp.

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WayneC

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#2 posted 06-22-2007 06:27 AM

Next time I come down, I bring a few planes for you to try out and the WorkSharp. The trip to Singapore got called off. So, I’m around.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 06-22-2007 08:22 AM

Happy Birthday – and a good looking present to self! Or, was that a, “birthday” present. I bought the #62 for my birthday last week! On the smooth plane front, I’ve been using a pretty beat up old Stanley #4 (and that’s after getting all the rust off and tuning it up!). I’m pretty interested in the LN #4 too, which’ll probably be my next plane purchase.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 06-22-2007 09:16 AM

Well, well, well… I stayed up late getting caught up on this series (and exploring all it’s offshoots!). I sure am glad that you didn’t give up on it back at – whenever that was!

So, any ideas for a plane cabinet yet???

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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WayneC

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#5 posted 06-22-2007 02:46 PM

Thanks for going back and reading the series. I have not started on the cabinet. I saw one in a Chris Schwartz video I like but have not settled on a final design. I need to get going pretty soon. I need my bench back. I’m running to work at the moment and will write more later.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-22-2007 02:54 PM

Nice looking little plane Wayne.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 06-22-2007 03:17 PM

Nice! I love those LN planes. The restoration series has been a good one. I went down to the shop, and spent 2 1/2 hours just cleaning last night. I’m hoping that will give me the motivation to do some work down there. I even tackled, “the corner!” Happy B-day by the way!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 06-22-2007 03:58 PM

nice plane Wayne, I’ve got this old thing I gotta take a picture of and see if you can tell me what it is. I got it in a box o junk when I bought my lathe. Happy Bday. Mine was the seventh of June. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 06-22-2007 04:39 PM

Thanks guys. My B’day is actually tomorrow. I’m hoping to give myself the gift of some shop time.

Dorje, I looked real hard at the #62 and have also been looking real hard at the #140. I keep hoping to find a Stanley #140 in a box of block planes for $5 or so but no luck so far. I decided to stick with completing the set of bench planes and went that way. Also, I looked real hard at the #9. I’ve been wanting a true miter plane for a while.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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