Shake-a-box kit: Handplane.

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-02-2012 01:24 AM 2133 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Noticed that a few parts have been piling up in the shop, a base here, a frog there, a few handles piled up on the bench. I had an idea to take some of these parts, and build a “user” plane out of them.

Lets see, have some frogs…

But not the right style. both were Union frogs. I did have some handles to use..

I could paint the black one again… Had a few front knobs, as well

Well two anyway. I could use the one with the chipped up base. needed some bolts, and had some 1/4” x20 tools. Make a replacement? Need a base, now. looked in the parts box, and found..

That i still had the base from tis parts plane. Just the base, all the rest was used elsewhere. Maybe a new paint job? Get rid of the gray color? Hmm, takes a high knob. All I have in the box are low ones. Well IF I grind away the bad parts on the Union low knob….

paint it black to match the bakelite tote..

and paint the base, as well….

and get things to fit together..

Starting to look a bit better. Couldn’t use the Union frogs, didn’t have any spare blades and such. Off to Ebay, and win a “box of parts”. Parts were for a Stanley #5 plane. Hmmm, these will fit the base of my “new” #4. When the box got here, spent a little time on the frog, just to clean it up, and flatten the surface..

Shined the bolts up too. Polished the lever cap, and fitted the chip breaker to the now shined up iron. Gave the iron a quick sharpening, put things together..

Set up a test track of Pine…

and took a look at a $13~ Hand plane. Mostly Stanley parts, other than the handles. Not too bad…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 01:46 PM

I had a Stanley style bolt with a brass end, from another project, seemed to fit the Great Neck Bakelite tote just fine. Iron came with a hollow ground edge, I merely sharpened that up. Iron was a might rusty, cleaned that up as well. Everything is nice and solid feeling, should be a good user.

As for those Union frogs; the #4 size was used to replace a broken frog on a Union #4G. The #3 frog is still just sitting around, taking up bench space. Still have a few spare totes, sitting around as well. Maybe IF I find another parts plane…...

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 02:58 PM

Not too bad at all. This story makes me smile – just as seeing an older dog adopted from the pound does. I am so glad you see something useful and worth giving new life to in an old heap of bones. :-)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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