Rest of the plane is now done. Now comes the rear handle. Last seen, it had a pair of extra brass screws in it’s top, and a crack near the bottom
Tried to glue the larger crack back together with a Locktite CA glue. Didn’t look like it should. The top was missing a “horn” and had two screws holding what was left. Rumaged around in the “Spares” box. The box where the frog’s yokes were found. A handle was in there about the same size as the one I was replacing. It too, was missing it’s horn. But, no cracks or breaks. Ground the top of it to accepte a piece of walnut scrap.
A little bit bigger than i needed, but it left room at the top for any mis-steps (who? ME??)
Let it set overnight. Next day, wandered down and slipped it out of the clamp. How to “hog off” the extra wood?
Ah, scrollsaw! Slid it around, trying to get close to the profile I needed. Kind of blocky, though.
Hmm, how about I clamp the B&D Beltsander into the leg vise on the bench? Lock in “ON” and use as many angles to sand what I needed to remove? Seemed to work better than the walnut burning 1×30 beltsander did. Got things close
Hmm, looking better. Had to drill a hole into the new top, as the bolt for the handle had a large, brass nut on the end. Chucked a 1/2” Forstner bit( it had worn down a bit, was undersized, anyway) and holding the handle at the correct angle, drilled a hole. grb the bolt, check the fit…..drill a hair more, check again, #$#@ drill just a hair more, ah
Bolt will now sit flush with the top of the handle.
Unlike more “Modern” bench planes this size, these had not extra bolt for the “toe” of the handle. Test fit a couple times, straighten the shaft of the bolt, as it had come “pre-bent” ( might be why the old handle broke) added some BLO to the entire plane
And that Walnut patch seemed to stand out better. Will be letting the BLO dry for a day or two, then another test drive. Another look
I didn’t add any finish to the sole. That beltsander is set up for doing tis job. I also run it to start the edge sharpeneing on edge tools this way. Reminds me, have to stop in at harbor Freight for a few more belts….
Not a bad little plane. As long as one remembers that it is a JACK plane, and not a smoother…
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