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Wooden handplane restoration #1: Xmas

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My father gave me a wooden plane inherited from my grandpa’s stuff. I think it’s meant to be a scrub or jack plane: the mouth is pretty wide (about 4mm effective, the opening in the body itself being 10-11mm), and the edge is strongly cambered (the corners are 1.5mm back from the center of the camber, over a 54mm wide iron). For perspective, the body is 270mm long, 70mm high, and 73-74mm wide.

It’s in pretty good condition but some work is needed to get it back to working order.

Scratched and not very flat sole, nothing that a little planing or sanding can’t fix, and there’s only a tiny little crack at the mouth. The sole is not square to the sides and to the iron bed, though, and by a few degrees… not sure that really matters for a scrub plane.

A crack on the top:

Iron and chipbreaker have a bit of rust, nothing bad here; the edge is really far from square (3 or 4mm to file) but then neither is the sole, and they line up pretty well…

Iron, wedge and the back/handle are mushroomed; I can reshape the wedge, file or leave the iron as is, but for the body I’m not sure how to fix it best.

As always, see the full-size photos on flickr (there are a couple more of the wedge, chipbreaker and iron side by side).

minor edits 2011/12/30



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Don W

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#1 posted 975 days ago

If its a scrub, it will have a cambered blade. What exactly is “not square”?

Is the crack fillable? I usually mix sawdust and glue for the bigger cracks. I’ve got a few wood body restores in my projects and blogs. I’ll be glad to let you know how I did what ever you need to do if you want to know.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Damien Pollet

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#2 posted 975 days ago

The crack I can just glue back: provided I manage to get the glue in there, I can just clamp it and it should be fine.

The iron has a camber. Well to be precise, if I put a straight edge to it, it has a definitely symmetric curve, but the curve as a whole is slanted.

Just let me absorb my beer and I’ll take some pictures tonight :)

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Damien Pollet

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#3 posted 975 days ago

There! My new 50mm lens is really nicer than the 35mm for close shots like this :)

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paratrooper34

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#4 posted 974 days ago

Damien, I think it is a jack plane, not a scrub. I have an Ulmia Scrub and have seen several European scrubs when I lived there. The wood bodied scrubs are narrow, just like Stanley’s or a modern LN type. And they never had a cap iron (aka chip breaker).

The cutout at the heel is interesting. Was it for a tote maybe?

Nice old plane, won’t take much to get her back and making shavings again.

-- Mike

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Don W

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#5 posted 974 days ago

I agree wit paratrooper, that looks like the camber for a jack. I’d say a good sharpening would get it back in working order. How much cosmetic work is up to you. It certainly can be a nice looking working piece in no time. It is unique. I love the style and I’ve never seen another like it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Damien Pollet

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#6 posted 974 days ago

The cutout is the tote, as far as I can tell; the surface has a smooth shiny finish like the rest of the body, and there is no machining or use marks that would suggest a separate tote goes there. It fits a thumb pretty nicely as well.

As far as the proportions go, I think you’re right, it looks more like a jack (270mm long, 73-74mm wide, 70mm high). However I don’t think the scrub/jack distinction is really meaningful at my level, I just need a more aggressive plane than my metal #4 :)

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mafe

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#7 posted 962 days ago

What a cool plane.
Never seen one before with a ‘back’ handle.

Made some blogs you can look at if you are interested:
New sole on a old plane:
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/23698
One that are in family with yours:
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/21555

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Damien Pollet

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#8 posted 962 days ago

Thanks for the links, Mads!

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