This second installment of the #444 mini-series details the set-up required to use the Stanley Dovetail Tongue and Groove Plane and concludes with the layout of joints to be cut. Fettling a #444If hand planes are part of your tool arsenal, fettling has probably become a part of your shop routine and vocabulary. Loosely defined, to fettle a plane (or any tool for that matter) is to make it ready for action with optimal effectiveness. Aside from setting and honing the primary bevel of the pl...
For better or worse, I’ve dipped my foot in the handtool pool. A few weeks ago, I purchased a lovely ‘tricked out’ Stanley #4 from Don W. as well as a Sweetheart #3 from an anonymous LJ. Both planes were auctioned off by LukieB for charity. While I was waiting for the planes to make it across the border, I picked up a Bailey Stanley #4 that looked like this: I wanted to take one apart and understand how it works before possibly ruining all the work that was al...
Last time I messed with the Stanley #444, the side walls of groove were pretty ratty. Not that they’d be seen, of course, but the product means the nickers aren’t sufficiently sharp. A little work on the fine DMT showed it wasn’t flat on the outer surface of either of the two nickers. I worked each just enough to get the surfaces flat. Then I carefully worked the primary bevels of each on the fine DMT. They’ve got a ‘camber’ to them alr...
This past weekend there was an estate sale in Ottawa, IL. The owner of the estate apparently was a huge tool collector, because there were more planes on sale there than I’ve ever seen in my life. For example, the owner had five No. 113s, at least five #12s, more block and bench planes than I could keep track of, and the ever elusive and ever-so-tiny Stanley #1. Since I’ve been looking for a few things, I figured I might as well make the 1:15 drive from Downers Grove and ...
Restore a hand plane getting all that rust and gunk off.
Well, got my first hand plane in the mail, the stanley 60 1/2 plane. It wasn’t in too bad of a shape, but definitely needed some work…. So, first step was to take it apart. Had to get out a couple punches and made one mistake which I’ll explain later… The smallest stainless steel parts weren’t in too bad of shape, pretty good actually, so all that they need was a soak and some hand scrubbing. They were put in a tub of simple green and I let them sit...
I bought a No. 45, but the cutters did not come with the boxes that were included at the original purchase, all those decades ago. Not wanting to spend a large amount of money for real boxes, I’ve opted to make my own reproductions. However, I wanted them to be as close to the original versions as possible. The astute reader will note that the No. 45 cutter boxes had graphics on them displaying the contents of each box. These tend to get destroyed over time and are very rare to be...
So my wife says to me this sunday morning, “I’ve got some cleaning to do” which is my queue to get lost. Thinking its a nice sunday afternoon coming and we might want to take a motorcycle ride, I wasn’t looking to start any large projects. In the pile of rust ridden planes looking to be restored was type 11 #4. Now I’ve got a nice type 11 #4C in my collection of type 11s, so the #4 would fit nicely. The tote was broke in half and the bottom half was totally m...
In my time here on LJ’s I have seen, [especially Handplanes Of Your Dreams topic] what great lengths many of us go to, to bring a woodworking tool, in this case Hand Planes back from the junk heap to a full [wood]working life! The big boys, particularly here in the UK are /were:- 1) STANLEY, made in USA & England 2) RECORD, made in England But there are many others available that have not, shall we say been taken to our hearts like those above. So here I’d like to ...
Ok, I know type 21 isn’t really a type, its actually the type after the last type, but then we know most types are a bit vague anyhow. I am always a little saddened by some statements I hear about the later Stanley planes. Although some of it is justified, most of it can be easily overcome and all can be fixed to make a great user plane. I think overlooking these later planes leaves a whole set of possibilities off the table. Some of the things I like about the later plane...
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