Handplane Restoration #4: End of a long week

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 03-24-2007 04:37 AM 6029 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today marks the end of a long week. So I think I will take it easy tonight. Most days have been in excess of 12 hours. But, I’m still hoping to get something productive done over the weekend. Next week I will be traveling to Houston, so there will be little opportunity for creativity.

Shortly after I arrived home, my daughter returned from the mailbox with my latest eBay purchase. Yes, it happens to be a handplane. Who could guess? I should try out the series capability and post some other items otherwise everyone will think I am only intersted in hand planes.

I thought I would post a few photos since it is a plane you do not see every day. I’m guessing Phil grew up with one of these in his hand. These planes were used in the United Kingdom as a teaching plane. They were designed with large square sides for shooting. It is my intent to use this as my shooting plane until I find a Stanley #9 or purchase a miter plane from Lie-Nielson. This plane appears to be in new condition although it is missing the side handle that normally comes with the plane. If anyone knows the source of one, please point me in the right direction.

I would like to Introduce the Record Technical Jack Plane T5.

Record T5 Handplane

On each side of the plane there is a hole machined for a handle.

Record T5 Handplane - Side View

This is it with the lever cap and blade removed.

Record T5 Handplane without blade and cap

Here is a view comparing it to a Bedrock 605.

Record T5 and Bedrock 605 Handplanes

Anyway let me know what you think or if you have some other suggestions for a shooting plane, let me know. I am planning to try the Stanley 5 1/2 for this once I get it restored. David Charlesworth uses one I belive.

Take care until next time.

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

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#1 posted 03-24-2007 04:59 AM

Wayne – Thanks for the great post! Looks like a nice plane and I hope you find a replacement handle (or make one . . . )

Going on vacation next week and I am hoping find a plane or two to bring home. I downloaded you last entry to my PDA to use as a guide.


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#2 posted 03-24-2007 05:59 AM

Wayne, I think you should make a handle. You might want find one for authenticity but for now, it might make it more meaningful if you put your finishing touch on it.

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

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#3 posted 03-24-2007 03:24 PM

Thanks David. Enjoy the trip. There should be lots of good planes to find in the DC area. Have you read through Patrick’s Blood and Gore Web site on Stanley planes? If not, it has a wealth of info. Something else you could drop onto your PDA. See if you can find a #18 block plane or a 4 1/2 smoother in your hunt.

I’ve thougth about making a handle. My biggest concern would be messing up the threads on the body. I would need to ensue I have the correct threading on the rod needed to mount the handle.

Here are some photos of a plane that has the handle. This one was new in the box and sold for over $300 in the UK.

Record T5 Handplane with Handle

Record T5 Handplane on side

Record T5 Handplane in box

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

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Philip Edwards

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#4 posted 03-24-2007 03:45 PM

A nice plane! As you say, they were used in schools and colleges and were aimed at student users. The extra large sides of the plane are handy when using the plane on the shooting board- they give extra support and help prevent tipping (a shooting board no-no)
I’ll keep my eyes open for a knob – if I come across one I’ll let you know.
And no, I don’t actually own a T5. They are fairly common on this side of the water, though ;)
As to a perfect shooting plane, need I mention the #9? I have the L-N version and it is a gem. Pricey though…. Another great plane is the Veritas low angle jack – it has finger grips in the side which make it easy to hold.
The 5 1/2 is a great plane – I prefer the extra width and weight. After using it the #5 feels puny :)
Best regards

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#5 posted 03-24-2007 04:41 PM

I keep hoping to run across a Stanley #9 at a flea market or something. Probably a pipe dream. I’m guessing the Lie-Nielson Miter Plane will show up in my shop one of these days. I just have to get past the price tag thing…

For those of you interested in shooting boards, the Lie-Nielson link above has the PDF plans for a nice shooting board (the one used by David Charlesworth in his video) on it.

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

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