I have ordered 3 planes, so far, that were used. Of those three, only one didn’t arrive with the iron almost fully extended. I don’t see planes at garage sales any more, but when I did, I noticed the same thing. While the blade extension might seem like the obvious problem, one of the real underlying issues here is that the cap iron is not set right. The cap iron is another item on the plane that I think is overlooked, yet is an essential piece to successful plane operation. Of...
So, yesterday afternoon I started really working on the project. I had ~10BdFt of 8/4 White Oak on hand so I rough cut it to length on the table saw then started flattening the faces and jointing the edges. When it’s about 90 – 95 Degree’s(f) and 90% humidity it can make for quite a workout & weight loss program. I have the blanks for the aprons and legs ready to to re-saw on the Bandsaw. There is no way I would try that by hand with a rip saw; I’m not the twisted!...
I figured it was about time I tried to tweak a new plane. These planes were made in India, under the award brand, but they look very similar to those made by Groz Industries. , Ambika, and Anant tools etc. I purchased these three planes at a local store here for from $15.00 to $40 each.Having attempted to restore several old Bailey’s and Sargents and Stanley’s I found that lately the prices on E-bay for vintage tools has been tarnished by extremely high shipping costs and the in...
MaFe style Kanna jointerJapan meets Krenov For quite some time now I have had three wishes that I wanted to fulfill in one project.1. To have a Japanese Naga-Dai-Kanna (jointer plane).2. To combine the Krenov plane building style with Japanese planes.3. To find use of a beautiful old hand forged Japanese plane iron that I had purchased some time back. Here an example of a Japanese jointer plane I saw on E-bay. On this link a seller in Germany, I think the price tag huts a wee bit: http:...
I normally don’t buy old wooden planes, since I can make wood planes much better that are suited to my purposes. However, like any other hand tool addict (lets face it, we’re addicts not casual users) I occasionally adopt things that need a good home. What could need a home more than a former inmate? Auburn Tool Co repeatedly used prison labor within Auburn correctional facility in New York to create their tools. The contracts to do this constantly changed hands but A Howlan...
Hello, I am trying to find out more about the Stanley hand plane I have. I have visited websites with a lot of information but I am still at a loss as to production date, etc. Under the frog stamped on the bed is c 74 1/2, the frog has c 44 on the bottom and U 4 (vertically) on the other side. The lever cap/ chip breaker has 8 U on the bottom, and the blade has “Defiance, by Stanley, made in USA, No. 1205) on it. Anyone have any suggestions for info? Thanks, Jeff
The first bench plane that I purchased was a Buck Bros jack plane. I bought it at Home Depot on a whim. I typically like to research products before purchasing them, but I failed to do that with this plane. It looked nice enough, but I didn’t really know what to look for at the time. Alas, my Buck Bros plane was a big disappointment because I didn’t know how to tune it up and it left a rough, chunky finish on the wood. I wanted to know what was so special about those hand planes that everyone...
I’m calling this a reveal rather than a review, because quite frankly I’m not the guy you want reviewing hand planes. You see, I’m a power tool guy, but as I mention in the video, I’m starting to fall back in love with hand tools. In recent months I’ve been researching planes and while there are some incredible planes available from Lie-Nielsen and Lee Valley, I just couldn’t bring myself to part with that much of my hard earned cash. Enter the new Woodc...
Hand plane DIY convex.Or Mike meets Mads style… THIRD PART FINALE.Press here for first part.Press here for second part. To remind you, this is what we are after. A hand plane, ‘block plane’ size, made for a rounding of 22 cm (app. 4 inch).As you can see Krenov style, and a touch of Japan, at least this was my wish… This part will cover the rounding of the sole, and the finish. Last blog ended with the circle jigs made, here they are, now cut to size. Painters tape to h...
A few months back. Mike (jockmike2) and I went in together on a couple hundred board feet of air dried lumber at Raven’s Farm, a mill that is local to us. The cost came out to about 1.25 a board foot which was a steal as far as I was concerned. Boards have been setting for a bit, with a dozen getting acclimated to the shop. I don’t have the space for a jointer so have been working the boards with a recent plane addition and then running them through my Ridgid. Woodworking i...
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