I was at the First Monday Trades Day in Canton, TX last week. Came across a guy with some old hand planes. I bought this one for $15; he was asking $20. For those of you with knowledge of wood hand planes, please let me know if I wasted my money. I plan to use it as a working plane, not a collector plane. I would also like to have an idea of how old it is. It is a Sandusky Tool Co. plane. In addition to Sandusky Tool Co., it has OGONTZ stamped in the end and the number 18 if I...
WOOHOO! My new plane came in yesterday. I’ll have a full review coming up. For now here are some pics of my new toy… (ahem) tool… (^_^) Ahh those crazy Canadians and their new-fangled recycling…. (I kid, I kid) Here we go, the un-boxing. I’ve heard Veritas called the “Apple computers of hand tools”. I think they just need to master packaging and that will be an 100% true statement. Of course my of us woodworkers really couldn’...
I forgot to cover cutting the biscuits for the face frames in the last blog entry. So here we go. Using story stick, I marked the biscuit centers on the face frame styles. And I marked the center of one rail to set up the jig. Then I used a biscuiting jig that I built using plans from Wood Magazine to cut the FF sized biscuit joints for the face frames. Lesson Learned … make sure you have adequate space to cut joinery when you route a profile into a face frame … in ...
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...
I have read a great deal of tutorials on plane tuning and restoration processes over the last few weeks. Before getting started on my plane accumulation, I wanted to be as educated as possible. Most tutorials contain excellent information on the basics of sole flattening, blade honing, frog flattening, etc. But, I find the information comes up a little short on why the advice is given to avoid newer planes (except LN), what pitfalls can be expected with a newer plane (i.e. record planes post ...
Version 1.2a At this point I decided to get more “radical” in my design approach. I removed two of the cross rails (found out through experience that I didn’t need them anyway). Then I took the corner poles out of the flanges and put a “sleeve” on the side of my table for the corner poles to slide into (see photo below). Electrical conduit clamps work great for attaching the sleeves. This design also allowed me to adjust the height of the router sled in...
Movin’ right along, here’s Version 1.2 of my router planer. Because I’d made the router sled larger in order to accommodate larger pieces, I now needed to design something bigger for the sled to ride on. That’s when I came up with the idea of using longer piping for the end poles and cross rails (instead of the 12” pipes and the plywood cross rails shown in my first design). The photo below shows my first attempt (my “beta” version) at this new des...
Ok, last new/used toy was dropped off to my porch today until after the holidays. This one has already become my favorite of the lot, this is the Stanley Bailey No. 5 Type 11 - I bought this one for 10 bucks from ebay. The patina was heavy but the rust was fairly minimal on the body. The sole was smooth and without any pitting. I disassembled the plane and gave the parts an evapo-rust bath. While disassembled, I took photos of the distinguishing marks that ID it as a true Type 1...
The next design I came up with for my router planer was based loosely on some of the designs some fellow woodworkers had posted right here on Lumberjocks. The biggest design change was that I eliminated the sled pictured in the first photo in my last blog entry and used angle iron glides instead. Now here was a design I really took a liking to right away. This one allowed me to plane much larger pieces without fear of slipping off the edges of the runners because the router moves withi...
One of the things I found out very early on in my type of woodworking is that the slabs I use in my projects are often in dire need of planing. The problem with this is the thickness planer I had was not large enough to accommodate the width of most of these slabs. So, I began reviewing my old book and magazine libraries and surfing the Net to try and find something else that might meet the need for the type of work I planned to do. The results of my search were mixed. The very first opti...
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