Oh the joy of taking something dirty, flimsy, worn, and stained and soaked with someone elses sweat, and turning it into a crisp tool you can fall in love with.. .I know that all a plane has to be is functional. But making something that has personality as well as meeting the bare minimum of function is perhaps similar to making fine furniture rather than banging together plywood. You can’t always, but you do the former wherever you can. Also, I’ve coveted a hand plane for so l...
Again documenting another plane. I believe this is a type 5, the first of the square sides. This plane was only made in 1911 making it approximately 102 years old. This will be my primary 5 1/2 size user. It was obtained in the mail from eBay today. Main complaints are the tote broken in two places, the chip breaker on the blade backwards, and the frog way out of adjustment. Also, the seller sanded the plane a bit, which I think probably turned some folks off. I disassembled, replace...
Just documenting this plane. It will fill this slot in my bench plane family until I get crazy lucky and find a 605 1/4 in the wild or have extra money to plunk down on the LN version of the plane. I am upgrading from a post WW2 version of the plane. This one is an early example and it is corrugated. If you take Patrick Leech at his word this is the scarcest (5 1/4 corrugated plane) of the Stanley bench planes. Unfortunately this one has been drilled to hang on the wall. More info c...
I picked up two boxes of cutters for a Stanley 45. I have a couple of planes that I had picked up but needed cutters. The guy had 4 planes. One looked pretty early so I decided to buy it as well. Question to the experts. Is this a Type 2? Box with 21 cutters. I think this is a base set 1910 to 1920 based on number of items? Sweetheart box with 12 cutters (all present)
I’ve been wanting one of these for a while. An opportunity came up to pick this up on eBay and I made the jump. It’s main issue is that it has been drilled to hang on the wall. Not going to affect my ability to use it.
Back again! It’s been a little while since I posted on this thread about restoring a Stanley Bailey No 7 jointer. I had basically finished the plane last episode, but I hadn’t gotten around to taking pictures (too busy jointing wood, I guess!). Before I post pictures of the final product, I should say that the tote is still broken. I tossed around the idea of making my own, to the point even where I downloaded specs that would have allowed me to do it. However, here’...
Well hello again! This is part 3 in my jointer plane restoration. When we last spoke, I had done the electrolysis process on the body and frog, as well as the smaller parts such as the cap lever, iron, and chip breaker. I also need to mention that the frog that came with the plane was broken off so as not to include the top part or the lateral adjusting lever. Ebay came through with a new one. If I may plug one of my favorite sellers, NHPlaneParts is the man. Granted I am in MA, so th...
First blog entry on LJs. I have restored two other planes before this one (both Bailey No. 5s… one for use as a jack, one for use as a scrub), but this one will definitely be the best documented. Here goes. FYI I am done with this restoration and will be adding entries in chronological order as time permits. Truthfully, I’ll try to sneak in an entry between entertaining my 7-month-old. While browsing the Craiger, I came across a sale for a bunch of stuff (none of which I ne...
Last month I was chatting with a guy who ran a used tool shop near me and the conversation drifted to talking about planes. He lamented the fact that he had trouble selling the planes he purchased and I gave him a quick lesson on how to figure the value of an average plane and separate the good ones from the junk. In exchange for my lesson he told me about a guy who was selling his collection of tools up the street. This is what I came home with for about 280. Stanley No 2, No 5 SW, No 23,...
I am signed up for the 2013 Hand Plane Swap. Never have used a plane so I thought I should remedy that. Stopped at a few flea markets this afternoon… First one was closed, the second was a dry run and the third was, as they say, the charm. They had two booths with hand planes! The proprietor led me here: and I immediately thought ‘Those are in too good of shape to be in my price range.’ I said as much just as her husband showed up with two more from “The Tool Man...
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