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Handplane Restoration #1: Planes, Planes, Planes

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 03-20-2007 05:52 AM 9389 reads 22 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After a long week at work, I decided it was time to start the process of restoring my bench planes. I have been collecting them for a while with the intent of getting a good set of operational hand planes. I am hoping I will get a good set of usable planes at a reasonable cost.

Bench Planes

Currently, I have the following size planes set aside for restoration: #3, #4, #4 1/2, #605, #5 1/2, #6, #7 and #8. All of these are Stanley except for the #8 which is a Sargent VBM 428. The #4 1/2 and the #605 (bedrock) are in good working order. I have gotten Hock blades for these planes (4 1/2 and 605) and plan to save the original blades.

I also was successful this evening on ebay and purchased a Record T5 handplane. This is a plane that was used to teach woodworking in the UK. It has larger sides than a normal #5 and the sides are square for shooting. I will post some photos of it when it arrives. I am also actively looking for 5 1/4, 10, 10 1/4, and 10 1/2 planes.

I plan to take photos documenting the process I follow for each plane. As a starting point, I am following the general instructions provided Reclaiming Flea-Market Planes by Ernie Conover. I also have a number of videos and other informations sources relative to sharpening and using planes. I will compile these and post these as well.

I’ve also noted that Matt has a series of Podcasts on hand planes running. I’m a little behind and will have to get caught up.

Also if you would like information on Stanley planes. I recommend The Superior Works: Patrick’s Blood and Gore as the best reference for Stanley hand planes on the internet.

Time to close for tonight.

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



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 03-20-2007 12:21 PM

that’s quite a collection. Plane and simple.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Wooder

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#2 posted 03-20-2007 01:07 PM

Wayne. that’s a nice selection of planes. Didn’t notice any blocks though? I too am a ebay plane buyer and there are lots of 60 1/2s from time to time.

When I figure out how to post pics I’ll post some of my planes. About 30+ of them.

Good luck and have fun fettling away on your toys….I mean tools…...

-- Jimmy

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WayneC

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#3 posted 03-20-2007 03:11 PM

I have a number of block planes, scrapers and spokeshaves. My primary blocks are a pair of lie-nelsons. Although I am jonesing for a #18. I was just focusing on bench planes from a resortation perspective.

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

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#4 posted 03-20-2007 03:51 PM

WayneC,

It looks to me like you need more room in your shop. If you guys post information on planes, can you teach us a little about the types of planes? I’ve been looking on Ebay for planes and there’s so many – Block, hand, jack, etc and different sizes I don’t know where to start. For example, I would like a plane to flatten to mismatched surfaces, which one to use. Also, jointer work, etc.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#5 posted 03-20-2007 04:25 PM

I just ordered the video through the link you provided. I have some old Stanley and Bedrock planes that were my great grandfather’s, and I’m looking forward to restoring them to their former glory. I’m very excited about the idea of using the same planes that my great grandfather used, and he definitely USED them. They are in pretty bad shape, but I’m sure they can be brought back to life.

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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Matt

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#6 posted 03-20-2007 04:37 PM

Wayne you’re making me want to start combing the antique stores, flea markets and staking out ebay again! I thought I had enough irons in the fire but after looking at your collection of planes I think it’s time to stoke the flames and make room for some more. I’m so glad you’re finding the recent series of episodes on hand planes enjoyable, they’re such a passion of mine and I can’t wait to get back to a project where I can use them. Hopefully in the next week or so I can start the videos to accompany the audio episodes.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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Ethan Sincox

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#7 posted 03-20-2007 04:58 PM

BB,

There are a lot of good books out there on hand tools (and hand planes in particular) that might offer you better information. Or, at least, it would be information already “edited” for clarity and publication purposes, so it would be easier to read, use, and understand.

Suggested Reading:
“Traditional Woodworking Handtools” by Graham Blackburn
“Classic Hand Tools” by Garrett Hack
“A Guide to Hand-Tools and Methods” by David Charlesworth (note: I’ve actually never read this, but I’m going to be ordering it soon. This is Volume #3 of a series he’s writing. I have his first two (some of which have some plane information in them, as well), and they are superbly written and full of useful information.)

If you have a library card, your first stop should be the local library and try to find some books there.

If you don’t have a library card, you should get one.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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WayneC

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#8 posted 03-20-2007 05:44 PM

I have the classic hand tools book and would also recommend it. I also have one of David Charlesworth’s books and can recommend them. I’m jumping the gun a bit on providing my reference list. But I also own and can recommend the following items.

Books

The Handplane Book (Paperback) by Garrett Hack

Working with Handplanes (New Best of Fine Woodworking) (Paperback)
by Editors of Fine Woodworking

Planecraft by C.W. Hampton and E. Clifford

Making & Mastering Wood Planes (Paperback) by David Finck

The Complete Guide to Sharpening by Leonard Lee

Videos

All from Lie-Nielson toolworks

Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening – David Charlesworth
Hand Tool Techniques Part 2: Hand Planing – David Charlesworth
Precision Shooting Simplified – David Charlesworth
Hand Planing and Sharpening – Rob Cosman
Rough to Ready – Rob Cosman

Sharpening Woodworking Tools with Leonard Lee

I will try to add a few more after I review my library.

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

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Ethan Sincox

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#9 posted 03-20-2007 06:35 PM

But maybe your first stop should be at the afore mentioned Patrick’s Blood and Gore, if you want to read up on all the different Stanley planes and their uses.

Patrick is a great writer with an even greater sense of humor.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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WayneC

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#10 posted 03-20-2007 07:00 PM

Oh and “Traditional Woodworking Handtools” by Graham Blackburn is on my wish list.

I also really like the video Forgotten Hand Tools by Chris Schwarz

Subjects include using cut nails to toe nail panels, pinned tenons using pins created with a doweling plate and using hand saws

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

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Ethan Sincox

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#11 posted 03-20-2007 08:07 PM

Wayne, if you like Chris Schwarz, you should definitely check out his alter-ego woodworking magazine, simply called Woodworking Magazine.

You can get all of the back issues on one CD (they only put out two issues a year at the moment, so there aren’t a whole lot of back issues, to be honest with you).

Each issue is filled with info. If you haven’t read it yet, you should definitely check it out.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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WayneC

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#12 posted 03-20-2007 08:26 PM

Thanks. I will check it out. I also like his blog.

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

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WayneC

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#13 posted 03-21-2007 12:50 AM

Jimmy,

These are some of my other planes.

Block and other planes

I did create a thread on posting pictures. It has some info from the folks in the know.

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

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Woodwayze

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#14 posted 03-21-2007 01:22 AM

Oh Yeah. Nice planes…

I just missed a Bedrock smoother on eBay the other day. Lost out for the sake of $2.00 higher bid at the last second. Someone must have sniped me!

There you go. I had to settle for a Spiers wooden infill smother. I am looking forward to restoring it as you might guess.

John (UK)

-- Working fast helps you to arrive at your mistakes in spectacular fashion. (Me 2009!)

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WayneC

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#15 posted 03-21-2007 02:24 AM

You win some, you lose some. The Spiers sounds real nice. You will have to post some pictures.

Also, let me know if you ever run across a side handle for a Record T5. I’m looking for one.

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

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